Hi!!! I must say that this site has been so helpful to me over the past few months, thanks to all who have posted their stories!!! I am waiting for surgery - anterior cervical foraminotomy for my C5/C6 disc. It should be in about 2 or 3 weeks. I'm a little nervous about it, but I have to admit, am looking forward to being pain free... I hope it works!!!
I have DDD in my C4/C5/C6 discs, with osteophytes, and the C5/6 disc is protruding, but the surgeon figures that it has now herniated (thanks to a coughing fit while I had bronchitis a couple of months ago). PT had helped me immensely, until that point, and the pain, numbness and tingling, in my right shoulder and straight down my arm into my thumb came back with a vengeance. I've been off work for 6 weeks now, as I can't sit or stand for longer than 30 seconds, and to drive is out of the question (my doctor actually threatened to have my license suspended if they found out I was driving - is that normal?). Now, nothing helps with pain relief, Ihate popping pills, but none of what they've given me has helped anyways. The percocet takes a little of the edge off, but not enough to be worth taking them...
Anyways, if there's anyone out there who can tell me what to expect with this surgery, I'd really appreciate it!!
Hope to chat soon, until then, be well!!!
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own