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  • I understand all of the comments about not doing too much too soon.
    I had c5-c7, and I just joined this website. My pain came on suddenly (1 month) but it was really severe-- my left tricep was almost gone and I had total weakness/tingling in my left arm-- also before the surgery (2 months of severe pain) it went down my left leg, right leg, lower back you name it - it was DDD. My dr said not to worry about this other pain as many times all of this corrected itself after the spinal cord was relieved of pressure -- he was right. I had my surgery august 20th and feel very good. Yes there is some tightness between the shoulder blades but it is bearable. I take Tylenol Arthritis and Neurontin on an ongoing basis. Not too much of either however. My throat was sore for 3 days, but not much more. What I really focused on (but not before you feel like it) was exercise. I waited about 3-4 weeks before starting this -- walking about 2 miles a day at first. Walking is a perfect solution. Losing weight isn't a bad idea -- I am 47 but 20 pounds heavier than my ideal weight. I walk on average now 4.5 miles a day -- I have lost 10 pounds. So my advice is exercise as you feel like it, don't lift anything too heavy, I am starting light pilates with my husband. This is the time to focus on your total health. My last check up a week ago said I was healing really fast. All the best to you!!
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