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Anyone here with 3 levels fused in neck and you feel good?

Faith MFFaith M Posts: 287
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm still having alot of neck and shoulder pain since 3rd fusion in Januaury. Just wondering if anyone out there feels good after 3 levels being fused. After the 1st two fusions I felt really good, but not this time. Dr. is suggesting I've already blown the next disc up even though he said it would be 5 years. :/
Faith M


  • This makes me extremely sad and upset...I hope you feel better Faith.

    I honestly can not understand with all the technology now days why doctors keep saying that fusion is the (Gold Standard) yea Imagine that they obviously dont come on the cervical section of this spine health forum..

    Considering the bio-mechanics of the neck how could anyone feel "good" again..

    I can see maybe 1 level...but 2 or 3 just doesn't make sense to me...
  • I've had a 3-lvl fusion and I honestly can't say I feel great. I'm ok, but I still have spasms in my back and pain and aching in the back of my neck.

    My latest follow-up x-ray shows that there is some movement in one of the joints in my neck, which isn't good, but the doc said not to worry unless I start feeling some of the old symptoms.

    I have to agree with JDKE to an extent - how can a person ever feel great with three replaced disks, a metal plate and 8 screws in the cervical spine? The neck just isn't that big!

    I'm still glad I had it done, though, because I know the nerve damage would've been permanent and that was just too bad to live with forever.

    Hope you get to feeling better.
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  • Hi Faith,

    I also had a 3 level fusion in January. I just saw the Dr for my 6 month visit and I am 80% fused. I am doing great I am finished with Physical therapy. I do occasionally have a bad day but they are fewer and far between.

    I am glad I had the surgery and am just about back to normal. Although the Dr did say it takes about a year to reccover from this surgery.

    PM me if you have any specific questions will be glad to help if I can.
  • Hello,
    I had C4-7 anterior cervical disectomy, fusion, partical copectomy & instrumentation, plus a lot of bone spurs, it took six hours. By Feb I was doing great and returned to work. The doc said I could do anything I wanted. I started having pain turning my neck to the right by Mid March and it has gotten so bad I'm back on pain and muscle relaxers three times a day. I had a MRI done last week and will see my surgen next week, something is very wrong with my neck, the pain is a lot higher than before the surgery. I hope whatever this is he can fix it quick, this is really effecting my work life and home life.
  • Thank you all for your replies. I don't regret having these surgeries. My fingers aren't numb anymore and I can use my right arm again. I am no longer in SEVERE pain and I am grateful for that. Like Cath I feel okay but not great, some days are worse than others. I was 100% fused at 4 months and Dr. was disappointed I still had pain. It took 3 months for the 6 numb fingers to go away. I know nerves can take a long time to heal so I'm hoping I just need 6 more months to see more improvement. I never expected to feel great. But feeling okay is the best I've felt in years. Cath and Rick, I am so sorry you are both having new issues with your necks, please take care and know my thoughts are with you. I feel for you both. Rick, after my 1st surgery my Dr. said to go back to my normal activities(he didn't ask what they were). So I dug holes,planted bushes and reherniated the disc. Can't believe your Dr. said you could do anything you wanted! Good luck Rick. Libby, I'm so glad you're doing well! Thanks for sharing...
    Faith M
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,772
    4 levels and I take it day by day.

    Bless us all.

    No one should have to go through this.

    But here we are.

  • Bless us all. Thank you D. and bless you!
    Faith M
  • Hi all,

    A neurosurgeon has recommended 3-level fusion for me: C4-C5, C5-C6, and C6-C7. I have a little pain, but more concerning to him is that a huge portion of my left pec has atrophied to nothing and I'm showing atrophy & lack of strength in my left triceps. I've had chronic pain & weakness for years, but a more dramatic atrophy & change in strength came from an Aug 2010 visit to the chiropractor. So the surgeon wants to get the pressure off my nerves before the damage becomes permanent.

    Here's my dilemma: I can still function. I'm weak, but I'm not debilitated. My left index finger & thumb are tingling & numb most of the time, but I can still use them. On one hand, I'd like to have a chance at getting full strength and dexterity back in my chest and hands. If there's a very high chance of success with a 3-level fusion, I'd love to not be the wimp I am now (I used to be a competitive weightlifter but now can bench the same as I could when I was 12). On the other, bench press is far from the most important thing in the world to a 45 year old man.

    So I'd like to hear from anyone and everyone:
    - Did your 3-level (or 2 or 1) turn out great?
    - Did it turn out horribly?
    - Everything in between
    - Also, if surgery was recommended and you said no way, and it turned out well/poorly, I'd love to hear from you too.

    Range of motion, pain, recovery time, strength, anything else?

    Thanks so much in advance!
  • I was 45 when my problem started, 2 herniated discs.
    I had surgery about 2 years later after trying everything else possible. I had a successful fusion, lost the constant nueropothy in my left arm but a pain I had in the rt rear of my neck got way worse.
    They have never been able to diagnose why I have the pain. It's been 10 years now, disabled, on pain meds and muscle relaxers and anti inflamatories. So my C5-7 fusion solved some, made some worse and I'm not able to do much without major pain retribution.
    You story L sounds like you need to do something, getting a 2nd opinion a possibility? The fact that your working with a neurosurgeon is good, I had my repair done by an Orthopedic surgeon and will regret it the rest of my life I'm affraid.
    Good luck
  • Hi; in my case i had a c3/c4 fusion in 1992, and a c6/c7 fusion in 1995.
    I have a physical job, and i'm glad i had it done.
    I too had the pain,weakness, and all the other goodies that go along with that, and after the surgeries everything went back to normal for me.
    I'm now off with a 2 level lumbar fusion, but thats a whole nother story.
    Hope this helps you with your decision, and good luck to you.
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