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Recovery from cervical foraminotomy C6-C7/expectations

jpk4c2003jjpk4c2003 Posts: 3
edited 07/23/2015 - 3:20 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Due to a cervical disc bulge and an osteophytic spondylitic bar, I was experiencing radicular pain due to nerve compression. I have been dealing with chronic pain on my left arm for two years. The pain was mainly affecting my left forearm, left tricep, thumb, index finger, and middle finger. I did not experience much weakness. Physical therapy and cervical spine injections did not work. Therefore I finally the proceeded with surgery. My surgeon noted that the minimally invasive procedure was very straightforward and that only a small osteophytic spondylitic bar was removed. I had the surgery on June 19 and about five weeks have passed. I am concerned that my symptoms are only slightly better. The pain is still there and I am just praying that it will go away as I hope not to live with this forever. My surgeon and his PA told me that it may take weeks and even months for me to have some of the nerve symptoms calm down. I am praying that will be the case as this is getting very discouraging. I am hoping that any of you out there in this forum can share your experience in a recovery from a cervical foraminotomy. Please share our experience... Thank you

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