I injured myself at work on July 20 and since have had servere neck and right shoulder pain with numbness tingling, and pain throughout my right arm with the numbness going all the way down to my fingers. I have had pt without any relief and also several meds with the same results. My mri shows that that I need Cervical anterior discectomy and fusion at c5-6, c6-7. The discription of what is going to be done is as follows:
Allograft For Spine
Arthodesis, Cerv, Ant
Application of Prost
Use of Operating Mic
As you can imagine I'm very scared and worried of having it done and at the same time what will happen if I don't have it done. I have a second opinion this week and will then be forced to make my decision. Can anyone help me? I'm not sure what to expect at all, either during the operation and especially afterwards. What type of pain should I expect afterwards, can I go through this alone, because I live alone with just me and my cat...lol. What should I expect for my recovery time? I was actually told by my LNI claims manager that she expects 6 months and that I should talk to the doctor about assisted living I really need some help in dealing with all this. Any information or personal experience you may have will be appreciated.