After being in pain which is severe when sitting since Oct 2011, especially in a desk/computer position, my MRI from Aug 2012 shows :
"disc degenerative changes and spinal stenosis at C5-6 and C6-7 with mild bilateral lateral recess stenosis and foraminal stenosis at C6-7 and similar left sided stenosis at C5-6.
I have tried chiro, accupuncture and steroid injections. The steroid injections cause me to have female problems and I ended up with a hysterectomy after multiple fibroids and cysts grew to where I was the size of a woman 5-6 months pregnant. Had hyst surgery in Feb and just reached 6 weeks post-op.
I'm just starting to feel right from Feb surgery. I was hoping I could delay cervical fusion, preferably past this summer and into Sept or Oct. Cervical fusion surgery has been recommended by both my first and second opinion. Now that I am back to work full-time, sitting at desk working on computer is back to driving me crazy. It only takes about an hour before I am in a lot of pain.
Suggestion was made that I purchase a soft collar, which I consulted the surgeon on and purchased today. It seemed to help, but it could have been the advil I took as well.
Spine surgery scares me A LOT, but I don't know how much longer I can stand the pain! I have been told that I will be in a collar for minimum of 90 days. Fall was recommended to avoid the collar through summer.
Anyway, wondering what have you used to delay surgery to used up to surgery date to get some relief. Am I doing more harm by delaying??
Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
Also, what is the typical recovery time and return to work for desk/computer work.