My wife is scheduled to have ACSF in 2 months. Herniated disc C5-C6, degeneration.
She suffers from the stabbing shoulder blade pain, neck pain, occasional finger numbness, etc.
she suffers worse from her lower back. Apparently spurs in her lumbar region; no impingement. Immediately upon standing she gets lower back pain, and it's debilitating if she's had to stand up for a "long" period of time. Also she has "shooting" leg pains.
Really, two related questions:
I'm reading a lot of people here citing walking as part of a recovery regime.
She can't really walk a lot now. Is this a prerequisite? I suppose her problem now is that she can't really do any core-strengthening exercises to help her back, because of her neck - and I presume if her neck is fixed, this will eventually be allowed to occur (exercise to help her back).
In that, what are the possibilities that her lower back/leg problems (sciatica-like) are related to her C5-6 condition?
Anyone with this situation? (combined cervical/lumbar problem). Apparently the orthopedist has decided the neck is more important, but... "?"