Thank you for taking the time to read this. I'm a 48 year old female. I am scheduled for surgery in 7 days, but am showing quantitative signs of improvement, and am wondering if I should hold off the surgeryMRI
About a month ago I woke up with a wicked stiff neck that rapidly ended me in the hospital. An MRI revealed arthritis throughout my neck with spurs, and herniated c5-c6 and a totally blown out c6-c7. Kind of a mess, really. No accident, just gradual decay.Sympyoms
I had terrible pain in my arm, some tingly/funnybone, pressure, burning, freezing, feelings that last all day sometimes, and significant loss of strength in the tricep. Meds
To get me through until surgery, I was given opiates, which make me sick, so I don't take them, anti inflammatory meds, nuscle relaxants and neruontin. Right now, I only take the neurontin. I had to stop the anti inflammatories because I am scheduled for Surgery (c5-c7 ACDF) on the 15th of June. I take the muscle relaxants intermittently because they make me dopey and I need to drive.
The pain is mostly gone now. Quite bearable without meds. The weird nervy feelings are less intense and less frequent, although present every day in some way. My tricep strength at worst was about 12% of what it should be. It has improved over the past week to about 35% of what it should be (Link to graph of data I have been collecting: http://bit.ly/1HianWF
I measure the tricep strength by straightening my arm against the tension of a bungee cord tied to a post, I measure the distance that I can stretch it and use f=kx to calculate the pounds of force I can apply with mostly my triceps. See image here: http://bit.ly/1Ipso4d
So-- I read that you shouldn't wait for surgery if your strength is compromised. You can end up with permanent strength loss. However, I have also read that discs can slowly improve on their own and the body breaks down the extruded disc material and symptoms, including strength can be regained. I don't know what to do. I certainly don't want to do permanent muscle damage, but all of my symptoms are improving on their own.
Should I have scheduled surgery in a week? Will I be risking permanent strength loss by postponing it?
No one on the Spine-Health forums is qualified to give you a medical advice , that has to come from your doctor