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Old 09-17-2011, 08:37 PM
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Default One week post op

Great strides.

Final hydrocodone taken 8 days post op
Final flexural taken 8 days post op
Final gabapentin planned 10 days post op

Walking over 1/2 mile with good energy at the end.
Plan to sleep without collar tonight (day 9).
Plan to hit the gym for treadmill or maybe elliptical on Monday (day 11)

Feeling in all fingers and 90% of thumb (day 9).
Tingling lowered from elbow to wrist (day 9).

Hope this is helpful for someone.
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C5-6 herniation (diagnosed May 2011) and
C6-7 bulging and chronic spurs.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:28 AM
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3 weeks post op:

Two days ago, Steve got approval to remove the collar, except while in the car. We went to a volleyball game with back and forth neck movement. His arm was sore that evening. The next day, he taught for six hours and his arm pain was a 4-5/10. He's going to rest all day today and this weekend. It's scary to feel the pain come back.
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Steve (husband) - 46 yr old.
C5-6 herniation (diagnosed May 2011) and
C6-7 bulging and chronic spurs.
9/8/2011. Hybrid ADR at c5-6, fusion at c6-7 Texas Back
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:56 AM
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Kim,

I don't blame you for being concerned about Steve's pain coming back after being active. Only time will tell it this is truly problematic, but please be aware that he is still very very early on in the recovery process, and that this is not unusual. After my own cervical double ADR it was not unusual to have left arm pain (1 or 2 of 10) return after a long run. That recurrence of pain is less and less frequent, but now almost two years out still happens on occasion; as recently as after last weekend's long run.

It's way too early to be worried.

Good luck, Jeff
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:19 PM
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Kim, this is really early. I'm still not 6 months out, and I still have "muscle" pain. It will take time. My physical therapist says this is not unusual at all, and to give it at least one year. He will have to keep up the activity, but know when to stop.
Hang in there. Sounds like it was a very good outcome overall!
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September 2010 MRI showed:
C6-7 disc moderately to markedly narrowed, mild retrolisthesis of c6 on c7 producing effacement of the thecal sac but no cord impingement, mild narrowing of left neural foramen;
c5-6 disc moderately narrowed, anterior and posterior disc bulge with mild anterior cord impingement;
c4-5 disc intact and normal height, potential posterior annular fissure.
Cervical hybrid surgery in Texas April 12, 2011, fusion at C6/7, Prodisc C at C5/6
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:58 PM
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Kim,
Is he in a good physical therapy routine? They do specific exercises to strenthen the muscles that will help going forward.

Walking, treadmill are good too and I found recumbant bike a good thing. When he is teaching, is he writing on a chalkboard? That would be difficult. My doctor said no overhead lifting of arm for the first 12 weeks (and don't ever lift weight over the head). Did you get some stretching exercises? If not, Call Shelly in the PT dept at TX back. She works closely with Dr. Guyer, Dr. Blumenthal and the others. She is very nice, and I'm sure she would give you some recommended work out routines.
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DDD/Cervical Stenosis
September 2010 MRI showed:
C6-7 disc moderately to markedly narrowed, mild retrolisthesis of c6 on c7 producing effacement of the thecal sac but no cord impingement, mild narrowing of left neural foramen;
c5-6 disc moderately narrowed, anterior and posterior disc bulge with mild anterior cord impingement;
c4-5 disc intact and normal height, potential posterior annular fissure.
Cervical hybrid surgery in Texas April 12, 2011, fusion at C6/7, Prodisc C at C5/6
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