one year later im not 100% but ive a fraction of the problems I had with the herniated disk.
My advice is see a Neurologist, see three neurosurgeons, dont tell any of them what the others said, let them tell you everything before you ask questions.
Only answer what they ask, dont volunteer information.
In this way you will know.
the truth is you will NEVER be the same as you were before, BUT you will be better than you are now.
If a neurosurgeon makes promises of a return to normal, hes a charlatan.
however, i had the operation, ive had problems afterwards but more caused by my pyysiology than anything else, im glad I did it but ive had to accept a changed lifestyle and capabilities.
I'm having essentially the same symptoms as you are, but on the left side. Because of my MRI, I'm scheduled for a multi-site ACDF in one week. After doing a lot of research and talking to others who've had the same surgery, I have to agree with the previous post. I don't think either one of us can expect to be like we were before disc degeneration/herniation, but I expect relief from the pain and numbness. After all, nerve damage does become permanent over time. What I'm worried most about is the recovery. I've seen many posts with people who took months to get back a semblance of normalcy and others the who were up and about in weeks. I think much may depend on:
1) Whether you are overweight or not and how overweight you are
2) Whether or not you a smoker
3) How active you were before the Surgery
5) The competency of the Surgeon
Being very overweight and being a smoker can both cause complications to both the effectiveness of the surgery and the recovery period, or so I've read. If you have managed to stay even moderately active, despite the pain and discomfort this should help with your bodies ability to recover. The same is true of Age; the older you are, the longer it will probably take to recover. Obviously, you want a surgeon who is experienced at doing this type of surgery and has a good recovery rate.
Best of Luck to you!
Good luck and God bless! ;-)
I had same symptoms as you and a few others to mention. I am alot better than I was. But still have some issues that have not been resolved. But on the whole it was definitely worth having it done.
I will most likely have to have two more levels done at a later date. I will not think twice about having it done again. It was definitely worth it. ALthough I know I will never 100% be the same as before my accident.
Mine was due to a car accident and I am in my early 30's.
I too read many posts on the internet and there where so many bad stories. You need to think about it. Listen to your neurosurgeon.
It is such a shame that all the postitive outcomes don't add to these forums.
The best advise you can give is to believe only half of the stories out here. Some might be 100% honest, but my surgical nurse said it best, "you would be surprized about how many people that say they are in so much pain that you need to ask one question, are you on worker's compensation or on short term disability?"
Take care, Tom
I think you will find that if you cancel it you will regret it for the rest of your life. If you go through with it and you feel lousy post op, you didnt lose anything, but at least you took a shot at getting better.
Just my .02
The patient magically gets better when they get their settlement. Its sad especially for the legit person, but enough bad apples have created this monster.
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I too am facing multiple ACDF surgery on November 13, 09.
I have listed my whole story and symptoms leading me to this procedure under the topic here on this steady health site: "What to expect from anterior cervical discectomy and fusion?" Tips?
Hope it helps anyone out there who have these symtoms and are considering the surgery, For me, it's my ONLY option at this point and I am expecting severe nerve damage even after the surgery since my condition has gone on for so long from DDD, spondylitis, stenosis, osteophytes, osteoarthritis with double herniated discs in my neck and back.
Check out my post if you'd like more info about my case. Good luck to all. ;-)
Glad to hear that your surgery went well for you. Mine is coming up fast, 5 days away and I'm honestly terrified! I see that you had the same discs as mine in your prior surgery. Can you tell me how that one went for you? Like the swelling and swallowing issues and if you had pain in your neck or shoulders?
I'm afraid I will have the permanent nerve damage in my particular situation and am worried about still having this extreme neck pain on the sides and back of my neck and in my upper shoulder blades. I feel like someone has a vice grip on my shoulders and it's getting tighter everday. I feel the need to stretch my neck so bad to try to relieve the pressure and tightness in all those muscles but it doesn't work when I try. :'(
I'm assuming that you had C3-4 done because of the domino effect where adjacent levels can and eventually and do collapse from prior surgery at that level and the fact that they are compensating for the other levels that were bad. I've read that this is very common in all areas of spine surgery. I'm trying not to think about that happening to me and just focusing on getting through this first surgery and hoping that I will have a positive report about it. 8-|
Everyday that goes by to my surgery date, I'm getting more stressed and freaked out about it. I'll be glad when mine is finally over too, if I don't totally panic, jump off the op bed and run for my life!! LOL!
Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated as any kind of comfort at this point will help me realize that I'll be o.k. and get through it and hopefully, not regret it!