Man this waiting period and the "AM I MAKING A MISTAKE" talk in my head is insane. As everyone I am petrified! The 30th of this month I get a C5, C6 - C6, C7 Discectomy with Donor Bone. I have to travel 4 hours to the hospital and will return after only one day. The Dr. says I have only 30 days under 25 lbs lifting and then after 60 I can resume any and all sports. He says I can go back to work (I work from home) in only 5 days as long as I don't over due. He says he wants no bed rest and wants me to walk walk walk.
Does this all sound doable?
I will be needing support, I am already about to cancel and just keep medication available. Addiction and resistance to pain medication is a huge concern for me. I am a freaked out baby about now.
This is my MRI results at those levels
At C5-C6, there is posterior disc osteophyte complex effacing CSF ventral to the cord with AP flattening of the cord. There is mild facet hypertrophy. There is moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, right greater than left.
At C6-C7, there is posterior central disc extrusion with slight superior and inferior migration of disc material relative to the disc space spanning a craniocaudallength of approximately 1 em. This extends posteriorly approximately 3 to 4 mm. There is focal indentation of the ventral spinal cord without cord edema. There is left posterolateral disc bulge which abuts the left ventral spinal cord. There is severe left and moderate to severe right neural foraminal narrowing.