Instability of the cervical spine with severe vertebral and neurological symptoms which are progressive. The principal cause of instability is chronic degenerative disease of the discs. I have been treated for six years with pain medication, muscle relaxors, and anti-inflamatory drugs plus physical therapy, massage, and steroid injecions. I was just told that my next step is a C2 through C6 Fusion.
I have been warned that this procedure will probably not decrease my pain, but am told that i might keep me from getting any worse.
I have been told that I will spend about a week in the hospital, thirteen weeks in a hard collar and about 9 months in physical therapy. The recovery process scares me as much as the pain from surgery.
I know I will be spending a lot of time in bed, especially at first, but would sitting in a recliner or rocker cause any damage?
What can I expect and does anyone have any suggestions?
'No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to unchartered land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.' -Helen Keller