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Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion

Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion

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Posted by Linda on March 13, 2000 at 13:23:59:

In Reply to: Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion posted by Clarice on March 11, 2000 at 01:53:36:

: : I would like to know if some of the symptoms I'm having are okay. I had the c5-c6 spinal fusion on December10th,1999. They took the bone from my hip and used it for the fusion. The surgery went well and I was home in 3 days. I am a hairdresser who is having a diffucult time geting back to work. I also run a beauty shop in a nursing home. I have tried to go back there one day a week but the job is very physical. My question (before I consider changing jobs)does anyone have throat swelling in their neck? The back of my neck has some burning in it the only relief I get is from a cold washcloth.I have had ocassional burning in my left calf which I haven't had before.The symptoms all came to a head when I over did it trying to get back to work. It's been two months since surgery, how long does it take before you really feel good? I feel like I traded one set of problems in for another.
: Linda,
: I also had a fusion on C-5&C-6 on 1/27/00. I'm still recovering and it's a very hard thing to do. Your not suppose to do much for 3 months after. That is a hard thing for me to do. I still experience pain and my neuro said I aggraviated my fusion by over doing it. I just hope that is all it is. The thought of it not being a sucess would upset me terribly. I waited 9 months till I finally had the surgery. I was so afraid of it. Now I'm glad I did it I'm alot better. I still have problems with C-6&C-7 but it's not at the point where they need to operate. I have pain in the back of my neck also I was told it was because of the surgery. They have to cut lots of things and stretch things also to get to the disk. When I know I've done too much is when both arms start to hurt so bad that I have to take something to releave the pain. So try to go slow and give it time thats what they tell me. Good luck.
Clarice, Thanks for writing back,It's good to know that there are others who are going through the same thing. Hope you are doing well and I look forward to hearing that you are continuing to have a great recovery. I only hope I could do as well. Hang in there.

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