8> 8> Hi, my name is Mary Anne and I am new to posting although I have been reading the posts regularly, now. I am having my ACDF with hardware C4-5 on May 18th. I have stenosis and herniation at C7 and the neurosurgeon is looking into expanding the surgery. I think I have auto - fused at C5-6. I also have bilateral ulner neuropathy which may require surgery later. I have lumbar herniations and stenosis also.
Everyone has been through so much here. I am looking forward to your knowledge. I am scheduled for surgery but a week ago I came down with a case of diverticulitis and had to go on liquids and antibiotics. (Cipro and Flagyl). I am worried about having this so close to surgery. I am been through many ESI's and Physical Therapy. I have had trigger point and tendon injections on both arms. I have gait and balance problems. Neuro is not sure if they are cervical or lumbar or combination. I have been diagnosed with cord contussion.
My pain doctor, rheumatologist and family doctor really think surgery will help me. I am just scared. I don't want to have to be "taken care of" or dependent on my husband or children. It is getting old for them. They have been used to me doing everything all these years. I can't now and am depressed about it. I take Kadian twice a day which really helps with the pain. I also am on Vicodan for breakthrough pain, Clonidine - twice a day, Klonapin at bedtime. I also take folic acid (am low). I also take Senacot 3 each night.
My husband and I quit smoking (we had been really heavy smokers) 3 weeks ago - cold turkey. I go for pre admission testing May 12. The neruo said I will be in ICU the first night. Then, maybe in hospital one more day (or two depending). I am having surgery at a major university medical center in a large city. We are about 30 minutes away.
I am just unsure and afraid of how bad i will be afterward. I don't want to be helpless or dependent on my family.