Hi!!! :H 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 it and being pain free... I hope it works!!! :SS
I'm 35 (can only say that for another week, so am taking advantage!!! :P) I have DDD in my C4/C5/C6 discs, with osteophytes, and the C5/6 disc is protruding, with stenosis, 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, (was doing traction, manual manipulation and stabilization on and off from Oct 07 to present) until that point, and the pain, numbness and tingling, in my neck, right shoulder, shoulder blade, bicep and straight down my arm into my thumb came back with a vengeance. A new development is feeling like I've hit my funny bone, and when the pain is particularly intense, I can't move my thumb. 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, I hate popping pills, but none of what they've given me has helped anyways (ibuprofen, naproxen, voltaren, flexoril, tylenol 3, percocet, and even sleeping pills, which I still lay awake, or wake up from spasms and pain. The percocet takes a little of the edge off, but not enough to be worth taking them... I've tried accupuncture, accupressure, and yes, even therapeutic touch, even traction doesn't provide relief anymore, and that has been my saving grace til now :''(
Anyways, if there's anyone out there who can tell me what to expect with the anterior foraminotomy, post-op care and recovery (how big the scar will be - vain, I know...8>) I'd really appreciate any thoughts, insight and advice!!!
Hope to chat soon, until then, be well and keep smiling!!!