I've been cruising this board for some time and have found great information here. My surgeon has been far from helpful and most of my information has come from this board....so thank you!
I especially found the list of items after surgery very helpful!
I'm 37 and have had problems since '97 when I fell as a waitress.
My arm pain has been so much better since surgery. I also have had facial numbness that I was told DID NOT come from the neck issues, but it is getting better since surgery. I also had foot drop on the right...and it is gone as well. Another symptom not attributed to the neck. I am convinced that maybe they don't know EVERYTHING after all!
I'm in a soft collar and am pretty uncomfortable. The collar makes me feel pretty incapable of doing anything. I am going a little stir crazy at this point. My body is getting sore from laying around!
When will the lump in my throat go away? I've lost 10 pounds because I can't enjoy eating too much. I guess that is one way to diet!
My surgeon is supposedly the best...but his bedside manner is lacking. He treats my husband and I like morons. It's pretty frustrating. I won't see him for another 2 weeks.
In any case, thanks to this board and all that contribute.
So, just two questions:
1. When will the lump in my throat go away?
2. Incision is hard underneath and feels a little raised underneath...anyone know why?
oops..forgot to add....this is a 4/5 cervical fusion with titanium cage and discectomy and general rotorootering of my neck!