Approximately 3 weeks post op C-3 thru C-6 Cervical Laminectomy: Incision is healing nicely (about a 6 inch on back of my neck). I experience a fair amount of pain in that area. I also experience muscles spasms on both shoulders. I feel the pain meds are doing as good as can be expected, certainly acceptable pain control so far.
What has not changed is the pain in my left arm from my hand to my neck. That pain is severe, as it has been for almost 3 years. This surgery was to correct this problem. What I'm told is I may have permanent nerve damage. Or, another possibility is may take up to a year for that to heal. All we can do is wait.
I've notified my employer I'll need to return to work on a permanent part time basis (20 hour week). I keep my medical/dental benefits that way but lose any kind of disability benefits. I know I cannot work a 40 hour week. Neither my neck or left arm could handle it.
I've seriously considered SSDI but my wife says we cannot afford that. She says she could not afford to put me on her employers medical Insurance and we could not afford the 20 percent we'd have to may that medicare does not pay.
I should probably research what other Insurance plans would cost that could pick up at least a good part of the 20 percent.
Anyway, just reporting how things are at this juncture.
Thanks, as always, for being there guys!