this is my first time on this website and found the forum information about cervical spine surgery very informative and helpful. I do have a few questions that I would most greatly appreciate some one to explain my concerns. I have asked my doctor, but would like to hear from the patient's point of view, so here I go.
1. I will be undergoing surgery on September 8th to replace two cervical discs.
2. I need help in understanding the difference between the terms "one-level indication" and "two-level indication".
3. What kind of neck brace am I most likely to be using, soft or hard and for how long and approximately how long will it be before I would be starting Physical Theropy?
4. I have a previously scheduled trip during the first week of October. This trip is very important to me because it will be the first reunion I will be attending with the PBR Force Veterans Association that will take place in Charleston, SC. I live in Homestead, FL. This association is comprised ONLY of veterans that served on River Patrol Boats (PBR) in Vietnam. I will be meeting some of my fellow brothers that served with me in Vietnam and who I have not seen since I left Vietnam on December 17, 1968. Please excuse the long explination, but I want to stress the importance of this trip. Now, my question. I had planed to make this trip by car with my wife. Do you think that it will be okay for me to make the CAR TRIP or should I change my plans to traveling by airplane?
5. Approximately how long is recovery and what does it intail?
I wish to thank everyone that helps me with my concerns.
squareman******************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:
- When did this first start?
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide
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What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.
It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have areI’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?
Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.Specific comments :Personal Opinion, not medical advice :
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