Hi! I'm new and finding it hard to find the right subject forum to enter.
But I want to share my journey.
Summer of 2010, I delivered my 2nd baby girl and had neck pain after.
Two months later I could not stand it so I saw Dr. ( that's a story in itself)?
Got MRI which showed two herniated discs. (C4/5 & C5/6)
Saw Neurosurgeon who recommended all kinds of stuff, but mostly surgery.
I tried PT. Helped a while but unless I was going 3 + times a week it hurt again.
After one year of PT it stopped helping. It hurt more than it helped.
I tried Chiropractor, and was continuing it until Dec of 2014. It helped the pain but only temporarily.
Decided to get another MRI to see if I can do something else.
At MRI reading, Neurosurgeon STRONGLY suggested surgery because one disc was almost completely pinching into my spinal cord and I could become paralyzed.
I freaked out inside and said lets do the surgery.
I had two weeks to prepare.
*To anyone who has not yet had surgery*
You need to educate yourself going into this. I wish I knew about this website.
I wish my Dr. Would have told me this was not easy peasy.
Surgery went well said Dr.
I was in and out of consciousness for much of the day, but remember crying about the severe pain I was in.
My meds were changed and the first two days in the hospital were HARD.
I had birthed two children and this was more painful and much harder than that.
Day 3 I felt my pain was better managed. I had a ton of meds and thank God my husband kept track because I was very confused. ( I think a side effect of meds)
I could get up from bed and urinate. That was about all.
After taking a trial walk down the hall, my muscles in my neck started to shake. It was weird.
I was told it was my muscles reacting.
Day 3 I was sent home.
Beware- the ride could be bumpy and boy is that NOT so fun.
Mostly slept and stayed in bed.
My activity level was way low, like lifting a spoon to my mouth.
I was on soft foods because my throat still hurt. But my voice was ok.
*Something I researched and you should know*
Broth, especially bone broth and a high protein and calcium diet is a good idea. You body is working overtime to heal.
I felt hot (which never happens to me) and tired. Listen to your body! Sleep. And make sure you have help.
Very similar to week one
Had soft collar I wore 24 hrs because when I took it off it felt like my head would fall of. I was scared.
Stared to eat better. But slept a lot.
Took pain meds & muscle relaxants.
Feeling a bit more lively
Walking around the house, my neck pain is decreasing, but now my shoulder and upper back muscles feel sore.
I tested my neck and I could turn it ever so slightly without pain. Hooray!!! I needed this boost.
I take pain meds only when I start to feel pain, which I notice usually occurs if I am upright for more than 3 hours.
Tomorrow I see Dr. For the first time. ( seems long)
It will be my I month mark.
I am shocked at how slow this process is. I thought I'd be back to normal, taking care of my two children.
I was wrong. Again, I wish the Dr. Would have told me this. As a mom, I have to have round the clock help with my kids. I cannot cook yet, so I need meals, etc. this all takes a lot of help and planning. I am lucky to have help. But I worry for those who do not.
I have so many questions.
At theis point, after 1 month, what is typical to expect?
I realize there is so much variation in this recovery.
But I fear my husband thinks I'm a pain, he's doing everything.
Should I push myself to do things?
I shower by myself, but I have not driven yet, I was told no by Dr.