Hi, I am new to this forum, but not new to spine issues. I have had a lumbar decomprssion in 2000, and they tell me after my fusion of C5-6 I will need to have more surgery on my L spine.
My surgery is scedueled on Aug 24, 3 weeks from today. I am quite nervous, even though I have confidence in the surgeon I picked. I am having a great deal of pain, more so since I picked the surgeon and got the date. I am wondering if the increase of pain is partly to do with my anxiousness. My arms and hands feel the same, my pain has increased in my neck and shoulder area. My surgeon told me to start to wear a soft neck brace when in the car, which I started on the way home from his office. I have not been driving a lot but now wonder if it is even legal to drive with a neck collar on?
I was told that I will only be in the hospital for 1 night, my daughter (who is an OT) wants to stay with me, but the hospital only allows family members to stay if you have a private room. The cost will be aprox 500 to me. Do you think this is needed? My daughter went as far as telling me that she will pay for the private room if I don't want to, it isn't the money, just not sure if it is necessary to have her stay with me, or any one else for that matter. Your thoughts on this will be appreciated.