I just discovered this site about an hour ago. I'm having this surgery this morning. I'm supposed to arrive at the hospital at 5:30AM.
Actually, I've had mostly radicular pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness... My neck was just very stiff for a long time -- but finally after much suggestive questioning by my surgeon (or maybe it's just getting that way on its own?), I finally have neck pain also.
I've been a little more nervous for this surgery -- spine and anesthesia concerns. So, I've spent the last 2+ hours revisiting some educational sites (animated surgeries +)It feels better to have a good handle on the source(s) of the problem, treatment and recovery etc.
I want to thank all of you who have posted to this site. I'm feeling a lot more at ease than I was just an hour ago.
Thanks for the post on the Aspen collar! I think that they gave me one that is too tall! Or my neck is too short. I was supposed to wear it every day at the beginning of this "saga" and it ended up creating pain where I did not have it before. So, I stopped. I plan to take it with me to the hospital and ask the pre-op folks about it.
I also thought about asking my surgeon to just add a little more space between my vertebrae -- a little more allo/autograft material? a little more space by strategic placement of the "instrumentation": I could use 1/2"-1" more in height! It seems plausible enough, doesn't it?
Well, at the very least, maybe an orthopedic plastic surgeon person could consider it, if it is not something that gets done. Who knows? Never hurts to ask.
Well, now that I have taken up plenty too much of everyone's time, I'll promise to check in on Sunday or so to see how everyone is doing. And to check for some more helpful hints! Thank you!