I am so glad I have found this helpful forum!! My name is Kathy, I just turned 43 and was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease a few days ago. I am from Omaha, NE. After 2 years of on/off neck stiffness and pain that I associated with a typical "crick in my neck or slept wrong AGAIN" my right arm began hurting. The dull ache turned into severe pain, pins and needles up and down my arm and eventually my index finger and thumb were numb. Saw my general physican who precribed me with Hydrocodone and 750mg of Nabumetone and set me up for PT thinking I had a pinched nerve. I went to PT that same day and the therapist tried everything possible with no relief at all. I do have a fused right shoulder from a sports injury so it was very difficult to manipulate my arm when I have VERY little ROM. She told me she was not able to help me and due to the severe pain I was having with certain movements she callled my doctor back and gave her report. I received a call to get MRI which showed the above diagnosis. Saw an orthopaedic spine surgeon today who recommended anterior cervical disketomy and fusion (ACDF) C4-7. I know NOTHING about this.... I don't even know what "ACDF" means... I have a very high pain tollerance and have been in horrible pain for the past 12 days. I haven't missed a day of work in 3 years and was gone all last week and will more than likely not be back until after surgery now. YUCK! They can not get me in for surgery for 2 weeks so started me on Medrol pak and Gabapentan to help ease pain until surgery. I took both tonight and now have a horrible headache! Side effect of one of those? I am so incredibly nervous about surgery and have no idea what to expect. Everything I have found so far seems to be from lumbar surgery. I am anxious to get to know others that have gone through or will be going through this procedure. And more than anything, I look forward to helping others get through this after I have words of wisdom and advice for them
Any thoughts, adivice welcomed.
PS. I absolutely dispise all these pain meds!!! I feel horrible and STILL have pain.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis
degenerative disk disease
scheduled for Anterior Cervical Disketomy and Fusion C4-7