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Hello! I am new to this site.
I have had L4,L5 laminectomy in 2000 with pretty good success.My lower calves were numb. fter surgery it went away.
I also was to have cervical surgery shortly after that but, I held off. I almost got away with it but since I am into physical fitness, my cervical problems are flarring up bigtime. I recently had MRI's and Cat scans, EMG and have been to three surgeons for advice. Looks like I am going in for surgery for a fusion of my neck. My Right arm is numb and my right hand in particular. I have no range of movement in my neck or very little depending on the day.I often slip discs. I still spin at the gym almost daily ( because I don't move my neck) and try to ride a bike outdoors. I was playing tennis but it is too hot. Last year I hiked Pikes Peak. I am 57, I hate to resort to surgery but I htink I have to.
What I am wondering is: How many people out there have had this surgery recently and how are they doing post op?
I have heard horror stories about "don't do it!" I am in numbness with mild pain. I don't want to go into post op permanent pain and be reliant on pain meds. I only need to take Ibuprofin now.
Any advice will help.