I am 76, having this surgery for pressure on nerves. For 6 months I have had tingling, burning L shoulder, neck, down arm sometimes. PT did not work, an injection did little. I know it is structural and I will lose more hand strength if I don't do the surgery. I have stenosis --- the nerves want to be free and dance. Not crazy about arthritis but I have things that can be fixed, it's having a good attitude and acceptance. I have spurs and am naturally fused, no disc space so the posterior approach is the way for me. The surgeon said, men with a lot of neck muscle have a harder time, but i am prepared. I have cooked and frozen food for an army. I am pretty healthy, not on meds, lots of energy, slender, losing height tho--ha ha, have hip replacements, my end stage knees are hanging in so i don't do more than 1 1/2 miles on the tread mill. I have accepted that I will do whatever I need to do to keep the body moving. He uses valium for muscles, wow, with a pain med I'll be sleeping. i have to be careful. he said I'd have a very quiet month. I told him I would surprise him and get some hand strength back and do very well. I hate the constipation ya get with opiates. I hope it is not worse than any other surgery I have had, just different. I am bringing a quart of carrot juice to the hopsital and a thermos of my nutriblender soup for after surgery to get more vitamins. He said I'll be in for 2 days for pain control. I told the anesthesia to knock me out as fast as he can. I get phobic going on an operating room table. They will work with me. I could go without the surgery for now but any more weakness in my hands woud always worry me, it can't happen. he can't get to the spurs, they are n the front, it is a 5 hour surgery, he said he has a lot of work to do.
day 1 of surgery are the dems debates. I love Bernie and hope I will be up for it.
I'd appreciate any one sending me a note. Just for further understanding and sharing.