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Went back to Dr. for MRI review
Good luck with your surgery David. I had a rupture disc about 20 year ago. I could not feel my right leg from the knee down. The pain was brutal. I had a neurosurgeon go in there and he cleaned out the piece that was pressing on the nerve. I had 3  months of therapy after the operation. I try not to do much lifting any more but the pain is gone now.

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Ok had my consult with the spine surgeons yesterday. He pulled up the MRI and even I could see the collapsed disc and were it is pushing on nerve. I think between #5 & #6 vertebra. I go back on 12th. to talk with the actual surgeon. They say they will go in through the front clean up the rupture get rid of some trash in there and screw me a sub frame connector between the two vertebra.
Say I will have a sore throat and few weeks to be back going again. Will see I guess cannot take the pain all the time and I do not take any drugs. In fact they do not even prescribe opioids anymore for spine pain. They say Ibuprofen is better. The best place for opioids is after surgery it does not thin your blood like Ibuprofen or Aspirin would.
Going to try to get the 73 Mach 1 into the garage before the surgery to start the detailing of it.
Oh BTW I bought another convertible on Monday, lol. No not a Mustang this time. I was helping a friend get her extra home in order to put on the market. She told me she was trading her 4 runner and VW convertible in on a new 4 runner since both had high miles in the 70's, lol. I told her that about any car made can do 200,000 miles and most will do 300,000 if taken care of and not abused. She said she did not trust them. So I ask her to tell me what they offered on the VW and it was $1,800 for a 2004 VW beetle convertible with leather, CD, PW, Air, 16" alloy wheels, not a scratch or dent anywhere, spotless clean with 78,000 miles with 2.0 engine and 6 speed automatic. So I gave her $1,800 that was about NADA value for average but this is not average. Just sat in garage had not driven in two years.
My truck has 287,000 miles so will need work soon and gas is getting expensive here. So I will run around in the VW. It is the light Baby blue color with black top. She changed oil every 3,000 and was using synthetic oil. I told her she should go 10,000 and she said she was afraid to, lol.
So will see how if feels to have screws put in your back soon.
BTW he said working overhead like under a car on lift was what caused it to happen not lifting.

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My wife just had an ACDF on C6-C7 done Tuesday morning. Her disc was herniated badly and pushing on the nerve for the right arm, just woke up like that one morning three weeks ago. She's pretty tough and that level of pain took the wind out of her sails. She's recovering nicely and the pain in her back, shoulder and arm is completely gone. Strength is very close to where it was and there is some lingering numbness in her index finger. Doc says that'll fade away as the nerve irritation has been relieved. She'll start PT to strengthen the neck muscles etc once she's out of the brace.

Hope your surgery goes well, it's amazing what they can do these days.

David good luck on surgery, you will be a new man when healed. What’s the plan on the 73?

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Good luck, David.

If they're going to send you to rehab after the surgery that will likely be worse than the surgery.

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
Which vertebrae are they going to put in with a support? I ask because I thought it was your lower back and my orthopedist said he only works from the back side there as there is a very fragile vein that is easy to break if you go in from the front. He always goes in from the front for the cervical vertebrae, which is where I had my surgery.

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Good luck David, you'll be fine with the 'subframe' connectors. It may take a little time getting used to them and like Don said, the therapy is harder than the surgery. Just think of it as your partial restoration - with some improvements!
Good luck David. Keep us posted!

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
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Midlife asked which ones involved. I think it was 5 & 6. The nerve going to arm passes through there. My right thumb went numb two days ago a sign it is getting worse also. Index finger next. I talked with someone that had same one and he said it was instant relief and worked great.
So not doing much tried to clean up some in garage and on the VW I bought.
Going to hunt cigars today, lol.

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