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Found this board a few days before my surgery. Board was great in calming a lot of fears I had.

I have had neck pain off and on for 2 years. I am a weight lifter and would get a bout of severe neck pain. The first time it happened I went to an orthopedist and the PA just dismissed it as a pulled muscle.

After each bout I would take a week or two of from lifting. About a year and a half later After a bout of bad pain requiring a trip to urgent care for some muscle relaxers I went to another orthopedist. She took an x-ray and said that I had a degenerating disc at c4-c5 but it was not that severe. She said that I should improve my posture and strengthen my neck muscle and gave me some lodine and sent me on my way. She told me to take 3-4 weeks off of lifting. I did not like her demeanor and so wanted to seek a second opinion. She took at attitude with me. She did really not even want to do an x-ray. I asked for one and she said OK but was sure she would not see anything wrong. Well, low and behold she found the degenerating disc.

I went to a 3rd orthopedist and he looked at the x-ray and said that the pain was do to the degenerating disc. I was 30 years old and this is when onset of DDD happens. He said that there was not much to do. With time it would get better and I would have to live with the bouts of pain.

After taking about a total of 6 weeks from weight lifting I went back and during the 2nd week while working shoulders I felt the pain in my neck come back. This time the pain was worse then before but I also had weakness and some tingling radiating into the top of my right arm.

I went to the neusurgeon on reccomendation of a doctor friend of the family. The neurosurgeon looked at my history at immediatley ordered an MRI. He wa surprised that in 2 years of neck pain no one else had ordered one. The MRI showed a herniated disc at c4-c5 which was protuding about 30% into the spinal cord canal. He reommneded surgery as soon as possible due to the large protrusion into the spinal cord canal. It was a hard descision for me because I was not in pain by the time the surgery came around.

Anyway had my surgery on Thursaday Feb. 26th it was ACDF with atlantis plating system using donor bone. Spent one night in the hospital. No real pain after surgery. It was uncomfortable to swallow for a day or two. I was given percocet for pain and valium for muscle spasms. I have only had to take half a dose of percocet since the surgery, the valium I have taken only at night. I am going to switch to tylenol only for pain and see how that goes. I was worried that I would be in a lot more pain. The worst part of the whole thing was having the catheter removed, yeow it burns!
I was sent home with a soft collar but have not needed to use it. I am glad I have the plates because I think the colllar would have made me much more uncomfortable post surgery.

I have gone on several short walks with out much pain. I am able to sleep at night laying on my side with my head supported. I know it is to early to tell how successfull the surgery was but I feel it went well.

A few things that have annoyed me through out the whole thing. The orthopedist were not thorough enough is trying to diagnos the problem. I wish I had seen a neurosurgeon right away.

Well, lastly just wanted to say thanks to everyone on the board, I wish I had found this site sooner. It has answered more questions I had then the various infomration only pages I have seen.
Quote from hal3146:
Found this board a few days before my surgery. Board was great in calming a lot of fears I had.

I have had neck pain off and on for 2 years. I am a weight lifter and would get a bout of severe neck pain. The first time it happened I went to an orthopedist and the PA just dismissed it as a pulled muscle.

After each bout I would take a week or two of from lifting. About a year and a half later After a bout of bad pain requiring a trip to urgent care for some muscle relaxers I went to another orthopedist. She took an x-ray and said that I had a degenerating disc at c4-c5 but it was not that severe. She said that I should improve my posture and strengthen my neck muscle and gave me some lodine and sent me on my way. She told me to take 3-4 weeks off of lifting. I did not like her demeanor and so wanted to seek a second opinion. She took at attitude with me. She did really not even want to do an x-ray. I asked for one and she said OK but was sure she would not see anything wrong. Well, low and behold she found the degenerating disc.

I went to a 3rd orthopedist and he looked at the x-ray and said that the pain was do to the degenerating disc. I was 30 years old and this is when onset of DDD happens. He said that there was not much to do. With time it would get better and I would have to live with the bouts of pain.

After taking about a total of 6 weeks from weight lifting I went back and during the 2nd week while working shoulders I felt the pain in my neck come back. This time the pain was worse then before but I also had weakness and some tingling radiating into the top of my right arm.

I went to the neusurgeon on reccomendation of a doctor friend of the family. The neurosurgeon looked at my history at immediatley ordered an MRI. He wa surprised that in 2 years of neck pain no one else had ordered one. The MRI showed a herniated disc at c4-c5 which was protuding about 30% into the spinal cord canal. He reommneded surgery as soon as possible due to the large protrusion into the spinal cord canal. It was a hard descision for me because I was not in pain by the time the surgery came around.

Anyway had my surgery on Thursaday Feb. 26th it was ACDF with atlantis plating system using donor bone. Spent one night in the hospital. No real pain after surgery. It was uncomfortable to swallow for a day or two. I was given percocet for pain and valium for muscle spasms. I have only had to take half a dose of percocet since the surgery, the valium I have taken only at night. I am going to switch to tylenol only for pain and see how that goes. I was worried that I would be in a lot more pain. The worst part of the whole thing was having the catheter removed, yeow it burns!
I was sent home with a soft collar but have not needed to use it. I am glad I have the plates because I think the colllar would have made me much more uncomfortable post surgery.

I have gone on several short walks with out much pain. I am able to sleep at night laying on my side with my head supported. I know it is to early to tell how successfull the surgery was but I feel it went well.

A few things that have annoyed me through out the whole thing. The orthopedist were not thorough enough is trying to diagnos the problem. I wish I had seen a neurosurgeon right away.

Well, lastly just wanted to say thanks to everyone on the board, I wish I had found this site sooner. It has answered more questions I had then the various infomration only pages I have seen.




I'm glad your surgery went so well. Mine is scheduled for March 16. I'm having an ACDF with cages at c56 & c67. I hope it goes as smoothly. Try not to do to much even though you feel good, as I think that could really slow you down.