Hello to everyone. I posted an intro in the appropriate area last week. More details about my history can be found here:http://www.spine-health.com/forum/newbies-welcome/new-member-introductions/hello-all-new-member-here
4 weeks ago today, I had a cervical fusion (bone grafts at 4 levels and posterior fusion from C2 through T3. My surgeon reiterated at my first post op visit that this was done to stop progression of my symptoms. I had expected the issues with my arms would improve, but so far.....not all that much. He told me I could start weaning out of my collar tomorrow and return to work when I feel like it.
I am still having severe pain in my right upper back into my shoulder and arm. I am also still having numbness in my left hand, which is positional. I am VERY concerned these will be permanent issues and I honestly don't know if I will be able to work with them. I realize it has only been 4 weeks, but we had discussed me going back to work at 6 weeks post op.
I work in a physician's office doing CT scans and I am the only person there who does that job. I have someone filling in currently, but don't want to stay off too long and risk losing my job. They have assured my position there is secure.
I am unable to locate instructions on how to load images. I have AP and lateral films at my first post op visit I would like to post.
Anyone have a similar surgery and can tell me how long until they returned to work. Or if you had any permanent pain or disability after recovery. Thank you.