I havent posted before, but I wanted to share my experience because was petrified before my surgery as it was the first time Id have to have any kind of surgery.
I've had pain on and off for approximately 2 years. The last 2 times of mild pain it took about 6 months to go away with the help of an osteopath. Both times the pain wasnt too bad. Then the 3rd time I got the pain I thought I'd try a chiropractor (bad decision!!). Anyway he made the pain so bad that I had to go to my GP to get pain medication. So CT scan, MRI and waiting for a Neurosurgeon for 8 weeks later I was booked in for surgery. This is Australia's public system so the only thing I've paid for are my GP appointments and my pain medication. Because the surgery is free you usually have to wait a while for non emergencies. The Neurosurgeon couldnt tell me how long the wait would be, but 4 weeks later they rang me and told me my surgery would be in 4 days. This was last monday.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, had my surgery on monday, woke up pain free and have had pretty much no pain since. Went home on tuesday afternoon. The only pain i have is called an Aspen Collar....!!!! So uncomfortable, but I've heard you get used to it?? I hope so. I dont know if I'll survive 6 weeks of it. Sleeping is a bit of a pain but my hubby bought me 2 giant wedges and i use one to sleep and the 2 for on the couch when i'm lounging during the day. Last night I slept for 10 hours from needing a good catch up after throwing up all night in hospital.
I'm surprised Im not using any more painkillers and that there isnt even any pain in the wound site. I feel a bit bruised at the back of my neck and the worse pain I have now is when I cough. I seem to be coughing a bit and I suppose its just from the bruising of them moving my throat and insides around. I worry that the coughing will dislodge whatever they've put in there. I was told it was a titanium cage with bone fragments and some type of glue!! But as I dont have my pain arm anymore, i feel so far so good!!! I still have some tingling, but not as much as i did before and 2 fingers are still numb, but that was never too bad anyway.
So I just wanted to give a good experience and hope it helps someone make their decision. I read a few horror stories of peoples pain coming back and am praying that I'm not one of them. The surgery was not a great experience, but I can honestly say the nurses at XXX in Clayton were wonderful and everyone who I spoke to was great, from the Occupational therapist to the Physio Therapist to the Neurosurgical resident....
The Neurosurgeon who operated on me was XXX and I (so far) can highly recommend him.
I'll try to post in the next few weeks with an update.
Good luck all!!!
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