Hi. New to this forum. As stated, had a foraminotomy on February 15. I was told to expect a bit of pain, and that has certainly been the case.
I'd started reading here to get an idea on how long I should feel as rotten as I do. I am improving a little daily, but this certainly has not been fun at all. I'm trying to find some advice on how much moving around is too much moving around. How much pain is to much to just keep tolerating. Alternatives to narcotics. And the like. I don't know if I'm happy with my results yet, but I'm guessing it is too soon to really know. I was surprised by the amount of shoulder, arm and hand pain and numbness I've been experiencing and the lack of control of my right arm as well. But so far I'm learning from reading here that this is pretty normal. I'll continue to read. Just reading about others with similar experiences helps a great deal. I have two family members who have been through neck surgeries, more invasive than mine with fusions, and frankly, they enjoy the attention whining gains them. . . I just want to get better. I've had neck problems since 1996 following a motor vehicle accident. Rehab a couple of times, physical therapy a bunch, medications, massage, you name it, I've tried it, except surgery. Started having nerve root/chord involvement so decided on surgery, especially now that they have less invasive solutions. Bone spurring, disc ruptures, etc., etc., etc., all for a large number of years. My family members gave up a long time ago adn have not had good results. That's what held me back. Thanks, Barb