Well, I had my surgery 3 weeks ago, and I'm so glad I did it!!! Even in the recovery room, while sore from the surgery, I had none of the radicular pain that I had before!!! No numbness/tingling/ in my shoulder, arm and hand!!
Since the surgery, I have experienced just a couple of twinges in my hand and forearm, but it only lasted a few minutes, and wasn't close to being as bad as before. I have pretty good range of motion in my neck, but it is still very stiff, and sore when I try to turn my head side to side, and up and down too much, but hey, it's only been 3 weeks!! I feel pretty good about my recovery so far, everything comes in time. I see the surgeon tomorrow for my follow-up, so I will have more information then, on exactly what he had to do.
The only thing I'm not liking, is that I now have Horner's Syndrome, since the surgery. While in recovery, the nurses noticed that my right pupil was very constricted, and my eyelid was drooping. So they got the surgeon, and he came in and said it was this Horner's syndrome, and it should go away in a few days. 3 weeks later, and I still have a droopy eyelid, my pupil still constricts, and I don't sweat on the right side of my face!!! Weird, right? Anyways, so it's caused by a lesion in the cervical spinal cord, or damaged cervical nerves... I hope it goes away.
I've also been experiencing some pretty bad headaches, some right in behind my eye, so I'm pretty sure it has something to do with this Horner's thing, but I also have headaches that start at the base of my neck. I hope those disappear with time, too.
The surgeon cut right in a natural crease in my neck, so with time, the scar will not be very noticable at all, which makes me very happy, too!!! (the one time I'll be thankful for a wrinkle!!! LOL)
Well, I hope this finds everyone in good health and state of mind, and having a good day!!! Take care all!!!
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own