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Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion

Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion

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Posted by Jim Williamson on April 12, 2000 at 01:33:30:

In Reply to: Re: recovering after cervical spine fusion posted by Linda on March 13, 2000 at 13:23:59:

I'm a 57 year old male and have on 3-21-00 the 3rd surgery to the spine. The first was on 8/95 and was to the
L4-8 where they did the laminectomy(remove the bone around the spinal cord),foraminotomy(remove bone around the nerve opening) and fusion at 4-5 and 5-6, after that I have never healed completely. Quiet often still having pains down into the buttocks, leg and groin. The second op. was on 12-24-98. this was neccessary for I was passing out when I would tilt my head back, blood flow was being cut off to the brain because of the narrowing that had been done to the spine from spurring and degenerative disk. This was done through the the front of the neck and removing of three discs were removed and a steel bar was screwed in to the vebrates. This surgery turned out good as I no longer have the blood flow problem. Although the Dr. advised me before the surgery that it would throw a load to the back,shoulders,arms and would require more surgery to the rear of the neck. And on 3-21-00 we did the leminectomy and foraminotomy to C2-8 and T-1. Numbness, stinging and tingling are plentiful. And because I'm hyperactive, I can't relax like others, so I'm always doing and lifting things and weights that I'm not suppose to do, and within a short time it swells up. Tomorrow is my third week and I'm trying like hell to take it easy, have got to be back to work in 4 more weeks., If I could afford it though I would go out on disability. So you heard my story and hope that this last one will allow me back to work. Avery close friend of mine is a hair dresser and had the same problems and it took two surgeries to the cervical to correct her problem. But she took off for 12 weeks on each and is back to the hair cutting and doing good. Good luck and don't over do it
: : : I would like to know if some of the symptoms I'm having are okay. I had the c5-c6 spinal fusion on December 10th,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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