Hello all! I've been lurking the boards for the past couple of months as I went through conservative therapy for my neck/shoulder/arm issues. Finally after 6 weeks of physical therapy and medication treatment, I was given an MRI that showed 2 herniated discs (at C5/C6 and C6/C7) pinching nerve roots and "significant" spinal stenosis (possibly causing the nerve pain in my legs/feet?) The doctor recommended bypassing the epidural injections and going straight to surgery. He said the injection may help the inflammation (I also have arthritis and calcifications) but could hide the damage being done to the nerves. After discussing things with my husband and a second opinion of my MRI/Xrays confirming the diagnosis, I decided to go for the surgery, and we decided sooner rather than later. Thus, I'm having surgery this Wednesday (Oct 28) I've decided to go with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. I went with an ortho because I have so much arthritis, I felt he could deal with the bone spurring better.
I'm comfortable with my decision, yet I'm very nervous about the recovery. I've gone through several involved surgeries before, but they never involved my spinal column or neck. I'm grateful for these forums since I'm learning what to expect; however, some of the forum posts scare the bejesus out of me! Yet, I do know that many of the posts are the exception to the rule. So I take a deep breath and imagine only good outcomes.
Thank you for this site and for these forums. It's great to have a place where I can vocalize my fears, yet not worry my family or listen to "oh, you'll be fine" over and over.
ACDF C5-C7 10/28/2015