I have been having neck/trap pain (not severe most of the time) on & off for 5 yrs. When it started a chiropractor told me it was muscular & did not do xrays. For the past year it's gotten worse & I have bilateral arm & hand tingling/numbess so I went to my family doc to maybe get some therapy ordered. I'm a nurse & hate to see a doc for ANYTHING. She decided to do a MRI of my c-spine "just to be sure" & I was shocked to find out I have 2 badly herniated discs, one with cord contact. I went to a orthopedic spine specialist who came highly recommended. We decided to try PT first & go from there. Well at my 3rd session I stood up from the waiting room chair & one leg could not hold my weight. Relexes were hyperactive & had more weakness. Therapist was very concerned as she had assessed me 2 wks ago & thought I was in good shape. Back to the doc I go. He's afraid I may fall & do irreversible damage so now my surgery is planned for March 30.
My main question is...I'm 37, in good health, pain is not severe & I basically live normally but am just a little more cautious with my movements...I live alone, all my family are in Canada & I have a limited support system close by(a friend & some coworkers who can help with my driving needs etc). I will be in the hospital overnight & plan to come home by myself. Will I be able to take care of myself independently right after surgery? I have to wear a collar for maybe 4-6 wks. My sister or an out of town friend are willing to come stay with me but I am stubbornly independent, they have their own work & family to take care of & I hate to inconvenience anyone. Can anyone help me with what I should do?
If anyone has insight into the surgery, recovery or ANY info that might be helpful please let me know. This will be my first surgery ever & really the only serious medical problem I have ever had. Never had a broken bone, stitch, or hospitalization in my life & the only medication I take is for allergies. I'm a little anxious.
Thank you for reading my long winded post & good luck to all=)