Recovery questions after acdf surgery

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TNladyVOLS
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ACDF C5-C6 on May 27th 2015.
Surgery took less than hour. I was sent home after a 3 hour recovery (2 hr drive) w/o a collar of any kind with Norco 7.5 and Flexeril (sp?) No refills. 2wk appointment was to have staples removed...THAT I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE. I STILL have not had a post op appointment with my NS, f/u is July 24th... severe throbbing neck pain, right shoulder pain. Earlier this week, 3 days with sporatic sweats and temps ranging from 100-103. Uncooperative staff, difficult to consult with, actually has me to the point of no hope in satisfying recovery..had an xray today, first time I've even laid eyes on my hardware.
I quit narcotics. Hate them. Began 2-3 800 MG IBU's a day... my NS and staff were well aware of my list of current meds..never once told me to stop the IBU's(was talked down to), this drastically reduces the fusion outcome...would have been nice to have known 6 wks ago.
Currently back to the Flexeril, and added Gabapentin 300 MG twice daily, with a couple Tylenol here and there...
I Pray that no one goes through what I have. Depression. The office staffs noncompliance with providing my short term disability company with med recs..Means no paycheck...
My post is to hopefully inform those seeking or needing the surgery, to RESEARCH YOUR NEUROSURGEON!!
I'm an active, fit, level headed 35 yr old.
My recovery has been fair. Flat broke, bills piling up, and limited to not doing your normal activities, not driving comfortably, you find out who truly cates about you, I have also seen the true colors of my career/company..(yet have AMAZING health Insurance)
I'm one tough country Tennessee girl..
Surround yourself with positive people, support group. It is imperative that your family and friends understand that this is a SPINAL SURGERY. You will appear fine. You will not appear to be uncomfortable or in severe to moderate pain at times..
I'm just trying to keep it real.
Do NOT push your limitations. I pray everyone has a speedy recovery.

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Questions about surgery

I'm new here and just went for a 2nd opinion the other day about acdf surgery. The first neurosurgeon recommends surgery as does the 2nd (who has the reputation of being the best in the area) but they're telling me different things. #1 said I need to have it done to relieve the pressure off my spinal cord and it may or may not stop the pain. #2 said I don't "have" to have it done but if my pain level is more than a 5 every day (it is) then I should have it done. #2 also said I could go back to work (office work) in a week or two and that the surgery only takes about 45 minutes. He also said i would be able to drive in a few days. While that sounds great, is this really very realistic? I know #2 hasn't been entirely accurate as he said this won't get worse if I don't have something done because I know it has gotten worse over the past few years. I feel like I am almost back at square one trying to find a doctor that I trust. Have any of you had such conflicting information from doctors?

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I'm apologize for being so personal but i was wondering how long you waited until you had sex after your surgery ? I Had acdf surgery 3 days ago and I'm on my way home. It wasn't because of prior pain, I fell through a garage roof. I've started walking and doing things on my own but I do still have a lot of pain in my right shoulder as well as some constant numbness on my right hand.

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Anonymous wrote:
I know everyone recovers differently but I would like to hear recovery times for anyone that had acdf C5-C7 with hardware. I am 4 weeks post op and would be nice to hear from anyone that has had all restrictions lifted and can get back to normal. I was very active before the surgery with working out, golf, cycling long distances.
Just looking for some hope.
Thanks,

Apparently we have some similar issues. I had C5-6 fusion on Aug 31. In April I was still completing my daily road bike climbs in the Pyrenees. I have also skied every season for the past 25 years. I have always had a problem with numbing hands on a road bike and it would usually go away however, this time they stayed for a while and I developed some instability walking at the same time and a string of uti's. In MayI was hospitalized for diagnostics and they noted some minor lumbar issues as well as cervical stenosis. I was kicked off my road bicycle and skis. In July I Sarto having difficulty with walking distances with pain in the hips and thighs. Oh, forgot--often after 50-60 km my left shoulder would tighten up. I finally got my surgeon to agree to mountain bike on flat surfaces and a return to the gym for light workouts but this will not start for a couple of weeks. At this point my fingers are still numb and I am tired after walking 5k but I push to walk daily 2x about 10 k total. I too am eager to get back to daily workouts. Although giving up road cycling was difficult, it was not impossible and there are alternatives down the line. Yeah sure, I could continue beating the hell out of myself on a road bike but decide tha the value was not there. I live in the Pyrenees in Spain and can opt to destroy my body many different ways. Oh, not to forget all the times I went down on my road bike as well. Not really good for he back. I discovered a couple of used bike internet sites as well as a boatload of people willing to trade my titanium road bike for a mountain bike of equal vale. Wahoo

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C6C7 ACDF

I had surgery about about 11 days ago, I take pain killers daily, was not given a brace because I was told it was not necessary because I have a plate inserted. I have called my doctor twice as I continue to have pain in my left arm daily. Is this normal or should I see my doctor again, a friend gave me a soft collar to help with sleep

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when am I legally allowed not to force to see my surgeon.

Hi. I am in the beginning of my 3rd week of recovery from Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion of my C4-C6. My pain has, unfortunately, never been below an 8 (on a scale of 1-10) My surgeon could care less. Long story short. I'd like this "Dr." out of my life. He has the "I am God complex" I do not feels he listens to my concerns and barely answers a question when asked, when, on the rare occaision he tries to answer he "dances" around the tough questions.
My question is, how long after surgery am i going to be forced to continue to see this heartless dividual? My post open date is November 3rd. Will I be able to make an appointment with a pain specialist right away (I have one with whom I've been talking and he really seems amazing, caring, understanding and he actually listens to me)
Thank you ahead of time. My apologies on writing get a novel! Tongue

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Recovery

I only had a single level ACDF but It took me I would say 4-5 Months to feel back to "normal". Do not give up hope, some days are harder than others but for me the surgery was 100% worth it. I am at 5 years post op and am just now looking at another surgery. I really did not think I would get that many years relatively pain free. I wish you all the best.

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