Hi all. I am a long time member going back to the old forum here. I used to post as Gypsyguitar.
I work on the Fox show 24....well we are shutting down the stages in a week.
I have had my fair share of injuries on this show. I had a huge set wall fall on me in 2006 that resulted in ALIF and PLIF lower lumbar fusion surgery in 2007 and hardware removal in 2008. My fusion was a success however that injury left me with big time nerve pain problems in my feet that I take Neurontin for and still also take Norco and occasionally Percocet.
Then in March of this year, I knocked myself out when I hit my head on a concrete beam while on location.
The action of my head snapping back resulted in a disc pushing out into my spinal cord..... cervical spondylotic myeloradiculopathy I guess it is called. My surgeon wants to do a fusion at C5/6-C6/7. He will go in through the side of my neck.
All good and well except I am totally paranoid about any loss of ability regarding my guitar playing. I am a long time professional guitarist and I am working towards a career in writing music for Film and Television. I also sing but ...well let's just say surgery could not make my singing voice much worse.
Seriously though, with all the nerves that go to he hands and fingers in the area of C5,6 and 7....I am so worried I could end up not being able to play or some sort of detriment to my ability. I have been a musician for a very long time and at the level I am playing at even a 1 or 2 % reduction is going to be noticeable to me.
I sometimes feel tingling in my fingers and 2 weeks ago it got very bad. My fingers were "buzzing" like a Tens unit was connected to my fingertips. My Doc put me on light duty and it has calmed down a lot.
He is recommending surgery though....he claims it is a serious situation that I do not want to mess with....the pressure of the disc pushing into my spinal cord. He wants to take that pressure off.
Has anyone had this type of surgery and then had hand and finger problems afterwards? Tingling, loss of sensation, numbness, weakness etc.