Hello all, now that I am post op and doing a little better I thought I would add a post starting the long journey of recovery. My surgey was suppose to be a 2 1/2 hpur event which turned out to be 5 hours. Once they were in they realized things were much worse then depicted on my MRI. At any rate it's done and I am struggling to get use to recovery mode. I am trying to sleep in a louge chair as my bed is out. Trying to lift your head from the lying down position is quite a task. Coughing is a real bear as well. They used donated bone (thank God)and they said it was lucky I went ahead with this or it most certainly would have caused severe problems for me.
Part of my problem was a short thick neck which made it harder for them I am on percocet for pain and oxcarbazepine for nerve pain. My throat seems to be improving rapidly and I satnd in hot showers at least once a day. I am suppose to walk arounf 10 minutes of every waking hour. In the hospital I had to deal with a nurse practitioner on their staff who seemed more like a drill seargent and kind of chewed me out for asking for pain meds. She stated that in her 11 years this type of surgery rarely requires pain meds which really upset me, but the surgeon pescribed percocet so who knows. For me, all I can say is I need it and espicially since I have severe lower back issues with a lot of associated pain and neuropathy. My left hand has been getting numb as well but thet say it should improve, we'll see.
Well that's my update for now, any advice on this healing process will be appreciated. Please forgive any spell errors
as I am just struggling through.
Thanks again for all the support.