i sit here 7 month post op. i look back to the day i was diagnosed with ddd, stenosis, bone spurs, and severe cord compression from c4-c6. (which was only 11 months ago) i thought great what do i do now! i will need to find other work , being a mailman with this problem will not work. Then i started to run into people daily before surgery who had the same procedure done. out of about 30 people i met said surgery and recovery was rough , but they still live a normal life. the few that didn't do good usually had done something stupid like going back as a nurse and catch a 150 lb patient from falling while still recovering, or getting into an accident.so i used what these people said to me to motivate my recovery. they said they would have good days and bad days for the first year. Ive had the same so far. my bad days aren't as rough as they were before surgery. mild aches and pains now!( just enough to say take it easy today).my customers see me on the street today and ask how come im so chipper and happy all the time compared to the past.( i was a pretty grumpy and moody mailman) When i tell them what i had done they are surprised im back to work full time or dont believe i had surgery!
i guess im just thankful i caught my problem in time! sooner would have been better! today i take things slower and i do it one day at a time. i look back and think if i never went to the doctor where i would be today! i look at life a little different today and don't take it for granted!
so for you neckies there is good outcome to all this as long as you take the good with the bad! Never give up and keep pushing forward!!!
As for my meds i haven't taken any nsaids since before surgery or my vicadin since 1 week after surgery!!