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    Old 06-09-2005, 06:21 AM   #1
    Mike R.
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    11 weeks post op

    hi well it is has been 11 weeks post op from my c5-c6 acdf with donor bone abd hardware. I have been having severe pain in my neck since about week 6. The pain in my left arm and numbness has returned. My left forearm just above my left thumb ha been numb continuously since the surgery which was 3/22/05. I still am not driving on a regular basis due to the pain i have when i turn to merge into traffic. Sleeping has become difficult due to the pain for about the last week. I have a herniated L5-S1 disc that requires surgery, but i am not going to have that done until i have a little improvement from the acdf. I am sick and tired of having to take pain meds, and they interfere with my allergy meds. I go to the ortho next friday for a 3 month follow up. He will xray the cervical to see if the c5-c6 started to fuse, with any luck. thanks everybody for letting me vent.

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    Old 06-09-2005, 11:18 PM   #2
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    Re: 11 weeks post op

    I almost feel guilty for feeling good. I had a few bumps along the way, but it did get better each month. Sorry to hear you are struggling. The one thing that didn't go away for me was numbness on my middle finger at the top. but no big deal for me, it was too damaged to repair. I do get occasional neck ache or arm ache but it goes away with a little rest. Just cant do exactly what I used to.
    Are you pushing it to hard, like lifting heavy stuff all the time etc.

    Old 06-10-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
    Mike R.
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    Re: 11 weeks post op

    aznativ, hi--- no just walking on the treadmill, no lifting

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