Hi. I am a 49 year old female who suffered a head injury 3 years ago. Have struggled with right paraspinal neck pain, right shoulder/arm muscle tightness, numbness, tingling, weakness. After 3 extensive rounds of PT, and chiropractic manipulation, MRI finally done Mar 2009, revealing right upper extremity radiculopathy with cervical spondylolytic stenosis C4-C5, C5-C6, and some early myeloradiculopathy. Foramina are severely stenotic at C4-C5, right side, moderately so on left at C5-C6.
Am 9 days post op from bi-level ACDF at C4-C5 and C5-C6 with allograft and plate/screws. Wearing a Miami J collar without too much difficulty, and moving around well, considering initial pain levels were off the charts. Have appreciated info gleaned from this forum, some of it too late to help prepare, but I have more good questions to ask surgeon at post-op appointment next week.
Biggest bother at the moment--is/has anyone else suffered from itching on the neck area...I don't mean rashes from the dressing adhesives, or the collar padding, or dry skin, but a general overall need to relieve an itching sensation on the entire neck area...rubbing gently with a damp washcloth feels sooooo good! Weird, but annoying. I also have an area above the incision site that is currently rather numb feeling, but that is not totally unexpected.
Thanks for any insights anyone may have.