Hi I am Javier, I am 30 years of age and pretty active. Despite my age, I've dealt with the typical disc problems read here for 2 yrs. I did the PT, chiro, injections, etc. Due to my issues becoming worst and affecting my job and life I began to visit surgeons. After learning, researching my options and getting a few opinions I felt comfortable moving forward with the 2 level ADR using the LDR Mobi-c.
Well I got the surgery on 2/20/15, Post surgery I remained at the hospital for about 8 hrs. I felt woozy but didn't feel incapable. My issues were mainly in my neck, trapezoid shoulder areas therefore the immediate arm relief many people feel, I didnt. The pain In my neck, back and shoulders was still there and hard to differentiate due to the common soreness that follows such surgery. I was told this is normal and time will help. I went home that night barely able to turn my neck. I was told a neck brace would slow down my healing and given a pain pack of oxy/perc and hydromorphone. My 2nd day home wasn't too bad. My throat was a bit sore but not like what I heard would be the case. My voice was normal and I felt I could eat anything although I stuck with liquids.
My day 4 and 5 became worst. My nights became more uncomfortable as I began to really struggle with sleep. I felt the same pain discomfort in neck and bottom of head along my traps and shoulders. Began to feel sensations down my left arm of weakness which I didn't feel prior to surgery. I spoke to my surgeon and he said it's not abnormal and I needed to have patience. He said My body and neck were pretty much stretched in a way that shocked my muscles. I saw his PA on day 8 And was given a steroid pack Medrol. To reduce internal swelling.
Here I am on day 12 and on my 2nd to last day of Medrol pack and I feel the same. Also feeling weakness in y toes on and off. My surgeon is away but tells me my post op course is not abnormal for people my age that are active. I am trying to be patient and optimistic but I am scared. I am feeling pain and discomfort I never felt prior. Although I know my body needs to recover I just figured I would deal with pain around the area and possibly the same pre op issues, worst case scenario. I didn't expect new pain in areas across my body.
I am due for another followup in a few weeks but I think I want to demand a X ray or scan next week. I will say that I am eating whatever I want or I can. Although I try to mix soft and solids. I don't ha c e a sore throat although the outside of neck is obviously sore. My wound I healing well too.