So sorry I have been somewhat absent from the boards recently. I have been working hard at school and it is getting to the end of the semester...trying to rais my grade since the first part of the semester I had my surgery.
The surgery was on 9-3-08 and was a 2 level ACDF C 4-5 and C 5-6.
So far the arm weakness has been gone since the moment I awoke from the surgery...yeah!!!
Not sure if anyone remembers or not, but I had this surgery because of discogenic pain and I did not have any spinal cord impingement. Although the bulging discs were close to the cord they did not touch it and disrupt signal that way.
My Ortho Spine surgeon told me right from the start that doing an ACDF for discogenic pain was about a 50-50 percent rate at getting better.
My discs were not only bulging but the anulus was torn and fissured at the levels they fused and there are still two other levels that are less severe but all the same they two are torn fissured and bulging...just not to the degree the fused ones are.
So my report is that I finally feel I am making progress!
This is a good thing!!
My pain levels are changing all the times and the types of pain I am haiving are changing as well.
Don't get me wrong...there are still days that I just do not want to move due to flare ups of burning pain in my neck. I also still get the burning in the lower scapular area...
My PM and I have decided to wait to do any decreasing of meds until I start PT and I am no longer required to wear a soft collar. He wants to make sure that I am comfortable when doing the PT. I agreed but I am hoping that in the future we can try to get to a place that I am on a lessor amount of meds. That would be good but we will just go with the flow for now.
So overall I feel it is a long tough road, but i also at the same time feel that i am making some improvements...
My Mom and friends have commented that they seem to hear less complaints from me and they think I must be feeling better becasue i am a bit more active.
Well thats the Update...I see Orhto surgeon on Tues and will let you all know what the next step is at that time....
I am always thinking of my friends here and praying for you all even if I am not posting a lot at the moment....
Hugs and Hearts...