New to this - I found this site before my operation (which was on 13th August) and I found it very helpful to me in preparation.
I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease in 2007. I avoided an operation for as long as I could. I was lucky that my pain came and went and over the years it must have flared up about 4 or 5 times. But it was never as bad as the pain I had in my arm in 2007 - apparently, or so the surgeon told me, after a while the nerve endings die off and that is why I was never in as much pain. In fact, when I was operated on I was in no pain at all! Imagine my dismay when I came around from the anaesthetic in sheer agony!!! My arms were both aching and my neck was throbbing......but!!! Within 2 days my pain was under control and I felt absolutely relieved!!! I am telling this because when I came around, I immediately thought that it hadn't worked and that I would be in agony for the rest of my life!! I hadn't been under the knife before and so I was in the dark as to what to expect. Logically thinking, of COURSE I was going to be in pain - but once the doctors and nurses sort out the right medication for YOU, then it starts to ease.
5 weeks on I am back in work - half days (I came back after 4 weeks). I have a desk job so I find I get really tired by lunch time, but I put that down to the healing process. Apparently it takes 6 months for your spine to fuse completely.
My question is this: When I came home from my surgery, I had telephone consultations with my speech and language therapist (I had terrible problems swallowing, but that is ok now except for a sensation of a ump in my throat which is getting better every day) I have had one Physio session (she made me feel I shouldn't be there!) and I have a telephone consultation with my surgeon on the 13th October, 2 months after the op. What happened to aftercare??? I thought I 2would be going for x-rays or MRI's to check the neck was fusing properly but nobody has said a word. I guess I will have to wait and ask the surgeon in October, but I just wondered if anyone had had the same experience of lack of aftercare. To be honest I am ok really except for the odd twinge, but in the back of my mind I am worrying that the odd twinge may lead to something worse if the bone does not fuse properly. Another question is - how likely is it that I may have a recurrence in a lower or higher invertebrate?
Feel free to answer...