Hi All. I had my one level c6-67 discectomy and fusion on Wednesday. The surgery part and how I felt after were so much better than I had worked myself up for! My worst problem was very intense acid reflux (GERD) after. I have gastro problems often but this was worse then I had ever had. If I swallowed, breathed in, bent over, pretty much anything I would get stabbing pains in my chest. They gave me malox and protonix all day which didn't help. Then decided, just to make sure that everythng else was ok, kept, me in the cardiac unit overnight on a monitor and also did a lung test for clots. All tests were negative, so I came home yesterday. Still getting the reflux but not as bad.
My incision from the surgery hardly hurts at all. My shouders and shoulder blades hurt some but more just achy. Doctor said I don't have to wear the soft collar if I don't want to. It's more of just a comfort thing for me to decide. My thumb doesn't feel as numb. My arms are still somewhat sore but not as bad as before the surgery. I take tylenol and dilaudid as needed. I slept in my own bed, regular pillows las night with no problems.
So all and all (other than the gastric problem) thing went well and are great! As I back off the pain meds I hope I am saying the same thing!!
I'll keep everyone posted because I know it was helpful to me to follow recent surgeries.
Let's all have as painfree a day as possible!!