Hi everyone. I wanted to fill you all in on my surgery and how things went. I went in for my surgery for my left C5, C6, and C7 lateral laminectomy and foramentomomy (C6 & c7) on Weds., 3/17/2010. The surgeon said everything went very well and there were no issues and everything went as expected. I have an incision that is vertical down my neck about 6-8 inches long and it came with 17 staples!!! Ouch! I am in a ton of post-op pain at this point still (as of 3 days after surgery at this point) and they admitted me after my surgery for one day thereafter. Some very positives thus far are: 1) The nerve pain down my entire left side has been corrected!!! No more horrible nerve pain - thank God! 2) I can move my fingers completely again and actually use them! 3) No more intense migraine headache at all hours of the day!!! This one is HUGE! I am so thankful. The only pain - and believe me it is incredibly painful (much more so than my ACDF post-op pain actually) - I am having now is severe muscle spasms in my neck. Since the surgery I just had required them to go into my neck from the back - instead of the front like the ACDF, the doctor said this amount of pain is actually expected for up to 6 weeks because of the neck muscles they had to go through , etc. from the posterior side of my body. I am so glad I decided to go through with this surgery because I am SO MUCH BETTER than I was before. I am amazed that the nerve pain feeling is gone and my migraine pain is gone as well. Simply amazing! I cannot tell you how much it means to me to be rid of those horrible, painful symptoms...I am only faced with now dealing with the pain of this latest surgery - which is no joke, let me tell you. The spasms are intense and unavoidable - BUT ... I'd rather have the pain I am feeling now 100 times over than what I lived with the past 7 months of mu life.
Thank you all for your prayers and support - especially the stories you told me - I learned so much and you guys put me at ease during a time of much stress and anxiety. If anyone has any questions or is going through any type of similar condition that I have/had - or is going through the surgeries I've had - or anything else for that matter, I would love to help anyone and provide any advice that I can.
Thanks so much everyone and Ill be checking in to let you all know how I am progressing and healing, etc. as well.
I had ACDF surgery with bone graph c5-6c6-7 november of 2009.Im not better still in pain ,bad neck head an on left side arm pain ,hand cant control movements, on left arm an fingers.I had an EMG test 3days ago an a mri 3d scan.The doctor told me c7 an c6 badley damaged .I meet with surgen in 2 days ..Im scaried!!!!!!!!!!!!!