My name is Anne and I had a Anterior Cervical Discectomy and triple level fusion on Nov 23rd, 2011. ( 2 and a half weeks ago ) - C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 !
I fell in March and after 5 long months of pain , numbness , weakness in arm , hand and right foot and leg , a NS suggested that it was the only thing left to do. I am SO glad that I listened to him. I had 3 herniated discs which were causing radiculapathy and myelopathy.
Prior to the op, I had no quality of life, was doped up on Pain tablets ... I couldnt use my r hand at all.
The operation was a long one - 7 hrs , however the NS and is staff said that it went to a ' textbook ' ...and it was ' successful ' ...two phrases that anyone likes to hear !
I developed a reaction to the Philadelphia Collar 3 days post op and it was removed. Havent worn any sort of support since then, and sometimes I feel like I should, yet I have been re-assured that .. no , my head wont fall off .. etc . I was told if I feel that I need to , just wear soft collar in car or when support needed.
Can I say, that 2 days after surgery , 2 weeks ago, I could feel my hand for the first time in 6 months ! You dont know how happy I was ... I cried.
Its only been two weeks and 2 days since surgery... I came home on day 7. Pain up and down, mainly at wound and at back of neck. Managable with standard pain tabs and a stronger one of a night. Hand getting better every day.
Can I let everyone know , that in my case, its the best thing that could have happened having the surgery ...and I am looking forward to a better and healthier 2012.
Regards from Australia