Hello in January of 2009 I was scheduled for Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion. I had horrible disk herniation at Level 5 and 6. Old football injury that only got worse as I got older. The surgery went well but in post op I became paralyzed and eventually stopped breathing. I was brought back into surgery because my surgeon suspected there was a blood clot.
They discovered the blood clot and after several days of close calls I woke up in the ICU after 4 days a sleep. They anticipated that I would not walk right away and weakness in my upper body. The first day awake was horrible. Tubes sticking out everywhere and I had developed pneumonia. Too much of the doctors surprise I walked on my 5th day but my upper body was extremely weak. 8 total days in ICU and 2 on the standard floor. I went home and went thru 3 months of physical therapy. It's August now and I'm still on Percocet, Soma and Naproxen. Before the surgery I had level 9-10 pain that radiated down my right shoulder to my finger tips. Also some numbness. After surgery I have 4-5 pain in both shoulders to my fingers. My doctor feels that 2009 will be a difficult year and he tells me it will take much of it to recover completely. I hate taking Percocet and Soma and often people wonder why I'm not taking nerve pain blockers instead. I've left out a lot of details just for the sake of time but I'm wondering....with all this...will I get better?? I guess I should be thankful I’m still alive but I actually tired of taking medication and feeling horrible all the time. Whats worse is the office staff gives me grief everytime I request a refill. My doctor tells me not to worry about it because they aren't aware of my situation.