My name is Michelle, and I've been simply reading online for a long time now. Finally decided I'd post and see if anyone would be willing to tell me their experience with this surgery. I'm a basket case, not going to lie. I've had lots of surgery before, to include a Laminectomy/Disectomy at T12 and L1 in 2007. However, this one is freaking me out.
I've read and researched and read some more. I just can't shake this fear.
There is SO much going on in my back, but my NS has said that we must address the neck first. The discs are ruptured as well as osteophytes formed internally compressing my spinal cord. I have DDD with Central Canal Stenosis which has narrowed my canal at these levels to only 5mm. So, with that being said, any personal info would be great.
Is the "choking" and hard to swallow feeling really that bad when you first wake up? One good thing is that my NS says I won't need a collar at all when I go home. As long as my neck feels somewhat strong and I don't have a lot of spasms or weakness, most of his patients with the plates and screws do great without the collar when fused at 2 and 3 levels.
Thank you for taking the time to read. You all seem to be a wonderful, kind group of people who really come through for others like myself.