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    Old 04-16-2003, 04:32 PM   #1
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    Hi All,

    i made it threw the surgery I went in on April 10th and was in icu for two days than moved to a reg room and discharged on April 15th i had:

    remove hardware, from c5-c7
    c5-6, c6-7 corpectomy,
    anterior cervical fusion c5-7 lliac bone graft and instrumentation plus
    cervical laminectomy c5-t1, posterior cervical fusion and instrumentation
    the pain was horrible and still is im on pain killers 2 every 3 hours plus valium also and a pain patch for the back by the shoulders, i had cages and rods but in also right now im in a soft collar until tuesday when the stiches come out. my arms kill me i can't even move them, or lift them up and i cant swollow at all.
    hope this is over soon.
    hope everyone is doing good.

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    Old 04-16-2003, 04:55 PM   #2
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    Cindy! I was wondering how you were, since you went in a day after I did! You had some powerful strong stuff done to you, and I hope it all "takes". I can imagine how awful you feel; I didn't have enough pain meds when I first got out, so I suppose I felt about like you do now. I'm so sorry! This will be a long recovery, but I just hope you can find a relatively comfortable position to be in for now. Sleep all you can, and make sure to also have some plain saltines to help your stomach if it gets upset; that or call the doc for an Rx.

    Hang in there, Cindy, . to you!

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    • 4/9/03 ACDF C3-7 with plating and donor bone
    • 12/29/89 C5-6 Microdiskectomy (no fusion)
    • 4/9/03 ACDF C4-7 with plating and donor bone

    Old 04-16-2003, 05:03 PM   #3
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    God Bless you honey, you take care and post when you can. Certainly have you in my thoughts and prayers and hope your feeling better soon... real soon.

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    Old 04-16-2003, 05:28 PM   #4
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    there you are!! I too have been anxioiusly waiting to hear from you!!
    Thank you so much for letting us know, even in the pain that you are enduring. I really hope that you have help! I am sending you a gentle cyber-hug!!
    Please!!! try to rest! Know that we are thinking about you & as Wing stated,know that angel's are surrounding you!! Peace, Catherine

    Old 04-16-2003, 05:48 PM   #5
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    Welcome back! You truly have been through the wringer. God Bless You. I pray for your quick recovery and that all your pain fades away, day by day.

    I can remember after one of my surgeries, I kept having nightmares of a Mack truck parking on my back and no one would help me. Sorry, I know that doesn't help, but just wanted you to know that I think I can understand where you're at right now. It will get better, I promise.

    Get lots of rest. Thinking of you.

    Spina-bifida occulta; Congenital Scoliosis (dextrorotatory and 'S' curve, 42 thorasic and 57 degrees lumbar); Meningomyelocele (split cord @ L1); Diastematomyelia (re-sectioned at L2-3); tethered cord @ S-3; cysts on cord; various developmental abnormalities of the spine: narrowing of all disk spaces, defects in posterior arches, ectasia of the spinal canal and dura, segmental disease, sclerosis in L. iliac bone and adjacent sacroiliac joint, unilateral osteitis condensans ilium, hypertrophic facet disease L4-5 and L5-S1.

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    Lumbar fusion-1968
    Fusion with Herrington Rod instrumentation-1970
    Femoral osteotomy-1971
    Tethered cord release-1987
    Rod removal-1987
    Chiari-type pelvic osteotomy-1988
    Trochanteric osteotomy-1989
    Tethered cord release-2003
    Fusion with instrumentation with lots and lots of screws-2003

    Old 04-16-2003, 10:03 PM   #6
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    MAN CINDY !!!....hope you get to feeling better soon !!!I didnt realize how much you were having done !...

    take it ever so easy !!!

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    Old 04-17-2003, 08:11 AM   #7
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    Ouch, I felt sympathetic pain just thinking of what you went through! Hang in there and do everything you can to make yourself comfortable while your body does the hard work of healing. I know I speak for the rest here in wishing you the best on your recovery. I'm getting to think the folks on this board are like Marines, they all take care of each other like they are all one being. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Old 04-17-2003, 08:45 AM   #8
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    I didn't realize that so much was going to be done to you. I can understand why you are in so much pain. I do hope it settles down for you soon.

    Old 04-17-2003, 09:06 AM   #9
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    Gosh Cindy

    My neck and shoulders got all tightened up and started to cramp reading your post. You sure went thru alot. That is amazing to me. I wish you a speedy recovery and will be thinking of you. God Bless and take it easy and sleep sleep sleep and rest, please take it easy and recover soon.

    Anterior Cervical Fusion w/donor bone & w/plating C5/6 Done March 6-2003
    Anterior Cervical Fusion w/donor bone & w/plating C5/6 Done March 6-2003

    Old 04-19-2003, 10:08 AM   #10
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    Dear Cindy,

    That was quite extensive, and I hope that you will just sit back in a recliner and let yourself have plenty of time to heal.

    Do you have someone to help you through the worst of this, which should be about three weeks???

    Hoping the best for you,


    Old 04-19-2003, 12:00 PM   #11
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    I hope you are getting the rest you need. Let your body be your guide now, it will let you know what you should and shouldn't do, and when to rest.
    I wish you a speedy recovery, you have had alot done, be patient and gentle to yourself.
    Congenital Cervical Stenosis,complicated by:
    Paracentral Disc herniations ,bone spurs C4/5,C5/6,C6/7
    loss of lordotic curve
    Advanced myelopathy inc. walking difficulty, loss of gag reflex with swallowing problems, neurogenic bladder, occipital neuralgia, spacticity

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