Hello all, going to try and keep this short.
They think my odontoid break happened around age 5 but I think it was a motorcycle accident at age 17, regardless it was never diagnosed until about 7 years ago. At the time I was an orange belt in AikiJutsu/Aikido and they told be I had to stop as the bone migrated and was impinging on my brain stem. I also have a congenital maligned curvature of the neck or something, it make a really curvy curve instead of a nice rounded curve. I thought the neck pain was a result of 6 years wrestling and just delt with it. The first 4 surgeons said operate or die (all the while still taking full falls in the dojo) until Cleveland clinic doc said I had way to much function to risk the surgery at the time. I am now 4th degree black and own the school I started my training in. I can no longing take falls. Well, I am showing signs in my legs of diminished nerves or something or other, noted by two different neurologists. My migraines are 3-4 times a week and the neck and upper back pain its rather harsh. They say its only going to get worse now and the longer I wait the even more dangerous the already dangerous the surgery is going to be.
Anyone have this surgery? They say only about 10 a year are ever done.
Surgical traction for 5 day. Is that strapped to a board?
Recovery.......2 weeks 2 months? Will I be able to type and thus work?
Am I looking at major nerve damage that won't get better? Talking about from the cutting not damage to brain stem/cord.
Sorry it got long, I am rather ate-up about all this at the moment.
Any input would be wonderful..............