I had my three level ACDF( C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7 ) on 23rd November, 2011. ( 11 weeks ago today ! ).
I must say that before the surgery, I had no feeling in my right foot, leg, hand and arm and became incontinent as well :''( . I had 3x prolapsed discs and canal stenosis due to degeneration and an accident at work last March ( 2011 ). They used metal cages, screws and plates as the hardware. My op was 7 hours long and the NS had to put my r arm in traction to work on C6/7 ! He mentioned afterwards that he was a bit concerned about my Bracial Plexis ...
Due to see my NS next Monday ( 13th Feb ). I was very happy when, a few days after the surgery, I was able to feel my hand and foot again which was great! I was in hospital for 8 days. My following few weeks were spent walking , sleeping , resting and doing everything I was told. I have had 2x PT sessions as well, yet very painful.
I don't feel that I am ' progressing ' as quickly as I would have liked ? maybe I am too impatient ? My nerves were compressed for a long time prior to the surgery .. spinal cord was being comprimised as well. I suppose I should just take each day / week as it comes and be thankful that I'm not like I was before ? However -
In the last week or so I have had hot ' burning ' pain between my neck and my shoulder blade on the r hand side ! This pain is also travelling down my r arm and I am experiencing pins and needles on and off in arm and hand ! I am frightened . What is going on ? On top of all this, I have developed a really bad itch from all the pain tablets ....you might say that I am a burning , itchy mess atm ! :<
Ive just typed this , and thats all that I can manage for the time being. Dont know when I can get back to work ... I sit at a computer ALL day ?
Cant wait to see my NS next Monday ...
Take care, I will keep you posted.