Hello to all of you fellow chronic spinepain sufferers out there. It is nice to find this forum, and I've enjoyed learning alot already. Can't wait to chk out the mind/body/spirit section too.
I recently retired from a career as an administrative librarian & bookstore owner these past 28 years. The early retirement was primarily for medical reasons/and secondarily to care for our mother with Alzheimer's Disease.
At this point, after three months rest, travel, power reading catch-up, care-taking of MOM, and lots of discussions with my wife about my chronic pains/health concerns and surgery options -- following unsuccessful PT and other non-invasive methods of pain control -- I'm attempting to get into good shape physically, to bolster my resolve as a soon-to-be patient, and to ramp up my courage to be as ready as possible for my second spine surgery. I am scheduled for early Monday morning, April 20th/ egad, that's NEXT week already!!
The first was a surprisingly painful (in early recovery especially) but effective L1-L5 spinal fusion, in late 2007. The surgery next week is much more delicate, but hopefully recovery will be quicker and a wee bit less painful. I'm having the following procedures done: posterior cervical laminectomies & foraminotomies of C3-7/posterior fusion & fixation , and anterior decompression and fusion of C6-7. (my doc's wording) I need to address two major issues, so the neurosurgeon will have me on my belly first, then on my back; the major pain and structural problems are instability and nasty bone spurs that are encroaching into 60% of my spinal chord's space at C6-7.
Any similar scenarios out there? Or, anyone have this type of cervical surgery? What should I be prepared for post-op? I look forward to feedback and to hearing your stories.
David, aka Cheesedale