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  • Holger
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    Research indicates that most, including myself, have deficiencies in Vitamin D and Calcium in their diet.

    I have been prescribed Vitamin-D 1.25 mg 50,000 IU twice a week by my primary care physician. I also take 500 mg Calcium as well. I have been taking these supplements for about a year now and I was curious whether it would help accelerate my recovery from my upcoming Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) and Posterior Cervical Decompression surgery.

    I am more than willing to do whatever it takes and be proactive as much as possible to speed up my recovery! I have another appointment on Aug 16 but been told that they said that it was urgent and still want to see me earlier if someone cancels their appointment.

    I am asking this question because my daughter will be graduating from UT Austin (math degree) in December. Needless to say that Dad has to be there no matter what (even if I have to crawl on the floor!).

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Some newer research notes deficiencies in Vitamin D in the diet and these deficiencies can possibly affect heart health as well as bone metabolism. This vitamin is however fat soluble so increased doses have some possible overdosage problems.

    There is really nothing that you can do to speed recovery if you are in good health. However, if you smoke, drink too much alcohol, are malnourished or have an uncontrolled disease (diabetes), correcting these problems can improve your chances of a successful outcome.

    Recovery from an ACDF should generally be relatively easy and you should have no problems attending your daughter’s graduation.

    Dr. Corenman

    Holger
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    Thanks for your reply as it is greatly appreciated!!

    I do not smoke or drink any alcohol and have never ever used “recreational” drugs (nothing recreational about it whatsoever). I do not have diabetes (thank God).
    However, I do have to admit that I am more than well nourished and that’s a problem for me personally. I’m 6’1″ about 240 lbs but feel good. Yes, I know I have to loose lbs and everyone is hammering me about it including my primary care. I do not eat junk food such as McDonald’s, etc and I certainly stay away from cokes, etc and I prefer water all day. My wife makes me eat all the “healthy stuff”. Yes, they are all right and right now it’s hard as I don’t want to move as much. But, as soon as the surgery is done and I’m recovered, I hope to get back to the gym and do what I need to do.
    Again, thank you so very much for responding and I really appreciate it.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    It is very difficult to have spinal pain and still exercise to lose weight. There is a device called a bicycle hand ergometer which is basically a set of resistance pedals with hand holds that can be “pedaled” by the upper extremities. This allows a work-out without stressing the lower back.

    Good luck with your surgery.

    Dr. Corenman

    Holger
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    Thanks so much for your fast reply. Greatly appreciated.

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