New here... would love to chat with those who have had a posterior cervical decompressive laminectomy with foaminotomies, fixation and fusion over multiple levels. Whew that's a mouthful...huh? This is the surgery I'm contemplating. for C3-C7
Get to know my spine:
Cervical: 'Fairly' severe stenosis of the spinal canal at C4-5, 5-6 and 6-7 with narrowing to 7.5mm (is this alot?) at those same levels and bilateral foraminal stenosis at same levels as well.
Lumbar: Laminotomy at L4-5 in 2003
Currently foraminal disk herniation at L5-S1, and stenosis at L4-5
I'm writing about the Cervical stuff. I'm Experiencing pain, tingling, numbness, some weakness and some hand clumsiness. No strong evidence of Mylopothy yet. Except I wonder if some of my leg cramps and pain are related to the cervical stenosis or the lumbar disk issues.
As of tonight, I'm grappling with the decision to go foward with the surgery I mentioned above NOW, before my symptoms worsen, or wait. I am a flutist. This orchestral season I experienced pretty bad flair ups (neck, shoulder, arm pain, tingling) and even notice some loss of finger coordination while playing. Thank goodness flute isn't my only form of work, but it pays and is my true love. I planned to have this surgery done in April (before next season starts in October) but have held off, as I'm having less flair ups since I'm playing less right now.. and quite frankly, I'm scared.
I'm wondering if others with similar surgeries can tell me how they're doing after the obviuosly long recovery.
How much neck movement have you lost?
How many months before you could hold your arms up (like to play an instrument?)
Do you have more pain or less pain now that you're recovered?
Thanks in advance for any input. FluteChic