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Old 02-16-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
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Update On ShepherdLady

Hello all,

After surgery I wanted to give my support of others going through the same thing as I because it is such a scary time for patients going through a ACDF.

I was doing pretty good in my own recovery except for some pretty hairy nerve and muscle spasms.

Then one day it wouldn't stop, it just kept getting worse and worse and my right shoulder got so weak I couldn't raise it, then I couldn't move it because the pain was so intense.

It all finally peaked so badly that my husband had to take me to the ER for some pain relief.

They gave me a shot of dilaudid that did take the edge off and gave me some Robaxin to relax my muscles as they said I was stiff. LOL, I guess I was because I realized my shoulders were up to my ears. LOL

I saw my surgeon yesterday. They took more x rays of my cervical spine as well as a lot of x rays of my shoulder. All looked good.

He seems to think this was due to my Rheumatoid Arthritis. Because of the body trying to fuse I am unable to take my Enbrel for my RA and won't be able to for another two months.

I am not so sure it was my RA. But in any case I am doing better now. WHEW!

Anyway when I feel a bit better I'll be back to lend my support of others going through this type of major surgery. That said, I don't think my experience with this surgery is typical because of my existing health problems makes recovery a bit more difficult.
Severe Stenosis thanks to C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 herniated disc's into my spinal cord.

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Old 02-16-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Update On ShepherdLady

Glad you are doing better -- being at Day 9, I think it is a very scary process, due to not knowing what to expect and in what time frame. I have pain and spasms I didn't have prior to surgery, which I assume will go away, but don't know if or when.

Thanks for touching base -- my thoughts are with you.


Old 02-17-2007, 12:10 PM   #3
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Re: Update On ShepherdLady

Shepherd Lady:
I am sorry to hear you are having a rough time after the surgery. Its hard when you cant take your normal meds. Those tight muscles can really be hard to deal with. I am really scared that when I start P.T. its going to aggravate things all over again and make things even worse. I go for my 2nd post op, next Thurs. (6 weeks post op). I am going to really stress how tight things are (they were for 5 yrs. before the surgery, too.). Even Botox wouldnt loosen them! I hope this guy can refer me to a P.T. who knows exactly what to do with people who have just had ACDF. I am not real trusting of P.Ts, only because so many of them have made me feel alot worse and not better. I need to find the Golden one that knows their stuff.
I hope you feel better REALLLLLLL soon!!!!!!!!!

Old 02-18-2007, 07:24 PM   #4
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Re: Update On ShepherdLady

Thanks for the well wishes!

Doing much better now and not having much spasms at all lately, KNOCK ON WOOD!

I too wonder about PT and what it will entail. I didn't have any before my surgery because it wouldn't have helped me. They had to get the discs off my spinal cord. I was a weird case I guess, no nerve root involvement at all. The discs just herniated straight back into my spinal cord.
Severe Stenosis thanks to C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 herniated disc's into my spinal cord.

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