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Debating on cervical fusion surgery

Started by Jenn20200 on 10/13/2018 12:50am

My right arm pain has dramatically decreased. I’m left with numbness and tingling in my arm and fingers. I’ve seen three Neurosurgeons and all recommend surgery. I’ve been told two of the vertebrae are shot and the surgery is inevitable but I’m so scared of the recovery pain and or something going bad. I’m not in pain right now so is it really a good idea to undergo this surgery??

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Hi Jenn20200,
I'm right there with you. I've had numbness and tingling for 15+ years with periodic bouts of intense pain that lasts for 4-6 weeks. This last episode was the most painful yet and the on-call ER neurosurgeon said to get the ACDF surgery. I'm just scared I'll be in constant pain after the surgery. Or some new kind of pain or complications I haven't even considered. Hoping you get some responses.


I was sent for an MRI by my Rheumatologist when she asked me how I was feeling. I told her that I am often off balance when getting up from sitting. She asked about my ability to open jars, my handwriting and had me walk a straight line. I didn't have any numbness or tingling in my hands, I did have pain down my left arm. The MRI showed mild to moderate stenosis, myelopathy, bone spurs and more. She referred me to a neurosurgeon who strongly suggested that I have a C4-7 ACDF surgery. I had it on October 2018. I had no pain, but discomfort, of course, they had me on pain meds post surgery. I spent one night in the hospital where they had me walk on day 1 and 2, I went home and have done extremely well. I was given 14 Norco, but used only 10. My incision is a vertical 3 inch that should not leave a very visible scar. I was terrified of this surgery, but I am so happy that I did it. The collar is the hardest part, I am supposed to wear it for 3 months. I saw my surgeon today for my first post-op, i asked how my x-ray just taken looked, he replied OK, now I am slightly worried. Good or fine would have been nice, I wish I had questioned him more, they are all so busy! Don't hesitate, just do it.