should I have ACDF C4-5,C5-6,C6-7

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judyb
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Brenda,

Your information is very valuable to me and I truly appreciate your writing back.

Could you please give me an idea of how far you can lift your head upward? I was told that I could never extend completely upward again. My phys therapist then said that I could but only for a second or two and not to do it too often. I forget, did you say how much range in movement you got back the first time? How much range in movement do you have right now?

Judy

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Fusion

Male 43- I had 3 level cervical fusion and diskectomy 6 years ago and it was nothing short of incredible. I had the same issues that you are having and I waited 4 years after the intial diagnosis, until I couldn't take the pain or poor quality of life. I walked out the hospital the moring after the surgery in time to watch my Giants playoff game. Sine then I' ve occassionaly had to take a perc or two and had 4 epidurals. The procedure gave me my life back and allowed me to PARTICIPATE in my family activities instead of just watching. The Doctor is the biggest variable of this process. Do your research and spend some time meeting the Doctors B4 the surgery. I saw 6 Dr's and finally choose one who did a great job. Hope that helped and good luck

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Judy

judyb wrote:
Brenda,

Your information is very valuable to me and I truly appreciate your writing back.

Could you please give me an idea of how far you can lift your head upward? I was told that I could never extend completely upward again. My phys therapist then said that I could but only for a second or two and not to do it too often. I forget, did you say how much range in movement you got back the first time? How much range in movement do you have right now?

Judy

Howdy Judy,

On my first fusion I felt like I got some of my ROM back, but what it was is now I could move my head without the pain, so I really didn't notice much loss at all.

With the addition of C6/7 my ROM did change. When I shave my armpits - can't see them. I can't touch my chin to my chest, nor lay my ears onto my shoulders. Looking up is where I noticed the most reduction. (For a picture) When my hubby and I go shopping, I have to arch my back to see the top shelf in the store! Swimming.. I can't swim the breast stroke anymore because I can't get my head above water to breathe! Now I have a huge (9mm as of 5 months ago) disk bulge at my C2/3 - so not sure if that is part of the 'looking' up loss of ROM, I don't think it is, but I'll toss that in just in case.

Driving I also noticed a big change in 'head turning' limits. I kind of fixed that limitation by readjusting my mirrors inwards more - to reduce my blind spots, and too so I wouldn't turn as much - I also rotate my body more to look for traffic as I change lanes.

I hope incorporating activities to describe the ROM changes help better Judy. Smile

Brenda

PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

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Foot and ankle problems from back surgery

Had back surgery last November. Now I'm having problems with my foot and or ankle Achilles tendon is so painful. I need a cane to walk. I tried heat, ice, resting it up, slow stretches. Not working. Wondering if it's now from my back surgery. Anyone else have this issue from L4-L5 laminectomy with fusion surgery?

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