I just reached 5 weeks post op C5-6 fusion with cadavera bone. I know I had many symptoms prior to surgery, including leg weakness, and tingling of legs when I tilted my head down. I had pain in both arms and hands, rt side always worse, all symptoms increased if I tilted my head. I went for several opinions, all said I had to have surgery ASAP. My surgeon said to do 1 level, and so did one other surgeon, 2 others suggested either 2 or 3 levels.
I was told prior to surgery that I would spend 1 night in the hospital. The first thing I remember was a doctor asking me to move my left leg, and realizing that I couldn't move my left leg or my foot, my rt let was able to move fine. Surgery I was told went well, I was scheduled for 7:30 am, and came out of surgery at aprox. 11:30, my husband was told the "prep" took longer then expected. I went from recovery to the ICU, which I was told was normal for the type of surgery I had. I was never told that I would be wearing a hard collar, so was shocked when I was, I was told a soft collar by my surgeon prior to surgery, I never did ask him why he put a hard one on me instead. The day after surgery the surgical and medical residents discharged me before PT had come up to get me out of bed. When PT did come she asked me when I was leaving and when I told her after she walks me to the bathroom, she said how she didn't think I was ready to leave....I agreed with her and she spoke to the residents who then kept me an extra day. I was sent home by the PT with a walker and a cane. I was lucky that my daughter was able to stay with me for those first 2-3 weeks. I had trouble getting out of bed without help, my left leg is still weak but getting better I still have a numb heal, and the top of it tingles when touched, and is also slightly numb. I was in a lot of pain, and had difficulty doing almost anything on my own for at least the first week, and most of week 2.
During my 4th week of recovery I was able to get up and lay down without any problems. I am trying not to limit painkillers and muscle relaxers because of what they are doing to my stomach. I wake up feeling pain in my upper arms, shoulders, and upper back in the area of the disc, depending on what I am doing, like now when I am typing I start getting tingling in my arm, hand and fingers. My legs are weak, now the left is weaker then the right which is opposite how it was prior to surgery. I have a lot of questions to ask my surgeon who I am seeing again tomorrow, but my husband's feeling are to only look forward, and to ask him what I should expect in the future, and not to ask him anything about the past. I am wondering if there is something he didn't tell me at the time of surgery which is the reason I am having such problems now. I knew prior to surgery that my cord was being severely comrpessed by a large osteophyte and that the nerve was also compressed. What my surgeon said is that the large one came off easily and then he found 3 smaller ones under it, which also came off easily, and once off the cord opened up immediately. When I spoke to him about my left leg in the hospital he just said that with any surgery is there is a small amount of hemorrhage, and that all of these symptoms will get better as I heal. I also spoke to him 2 times since sugery, both times he assured me what I was feeling was normal. I still wonder, even though I know everyone heals at a different rate and differently. What would you suggest I ask my doctor?
Thanks so much,