‘My surgeon did tell me that the levels above and below would eventually degenerate, but I don’t think that would happen within 7 months”. Very unlikely.
Do you think that maybe my muscles were just not strong enough to handle the change in biomechanics of a 4-level fusion. Probably your muscles were OK. Is your alignment OK (lordosis) or was there a big change?
“Have you seen a significant difference in % Recovery from ACDF between chronic pain patients and non-chronic pain patients”? The difference would be residual pain. If the surgery was performed for the right reasons, the pain created by deformity and nerve compression should be relieved but the chronic residual pain should remain.
What did the radiologist who reviewed the CT scan dictate? You can cut and paste here (without identifying marks).
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.