Hi. I'm new here. Been out with injury for 8 months now thru workers comp and it has been the most painful hell I've ever experienced. I'm finally set for surgery next Friday...having Anterior Cervical Discectomy C5-6 with disc excision and fusion. I have terrible neck pain which also goes into my collar bone area and into my left shoulder, down my left arm into my hand. My right arm is also now being affected to do overuse. Have severe weakness and extreme muscle pain. I've been counting down the days until the surgery.
I have a bone stimulator collar sitting in a box that I'll have to wear for 4 hrs a day for I don't know how long yet. I know I'll be getting another collar but not sure what type or how often/long I'll have to wear it. So far, pain meds haven't worked at all. I can't do anything right now and it suxs!!
I'm hoping someone can tell me what to expect once I wake up from surgery in regards to the pain level and whatnot. I'll have to start PT a week after surgery. I'm wondering just how long it will take to be "back to normal"....NS said avg recovery is about 3 months but upon reading just a little here I'm now concerned that that is not the case. Pls give any advice or help....Thanks so much. Nice to be somewhere where I'm understood!
Tara in CT