I am scheduled for surgery in June and terrified. I have read alot of things about people not recovering from the Cervical Disc Removal and Fusion. I have had back pain since I can remember. I have been to Chiropractors, acupuncturist, massage therapist, pain management, and tried MMB and Steroid injections. I still struggle daily with pain in my head, neck, arms, shoulders, buttocks, and left leg. The numbness is annoying and the sharp pains that feel like electrical pulses are unbearable. I have on several occasions had to pull over the side of the road and just cry the pain is so bad.
So, now that i have vented:) I worry that I will go through the surgery and everything will be the same. I work as a social worker for the state and have a home full of foster children. I love my life, my kids, and my husband. I do not want to be laid up for the rest of my life but I no longer can coninue this way either.
Has anyone been through the Surgery? If so, how long to recovery? How long until I am back at work if at all. I hve to drive to clients homes, lift children, and make very important decissions about the lives of these kiddos. I have been out of work for 2-months now because of the pain and have been fighting with my Std COMPANY for benefits. I don't know if I will ever be able to return to work...
Any experiences, advise would be greatly welcome. Thanks for reading my story.
I am getting my C4-5 done. I have sever stenosis on most my back several ruptured disc, ddd, bone spurs and lots of other issues with my lower back which I was told we will work on next.
ACDF C6/C7 2009
Laminectomy/Disectomy L5/S1 2009
Chronic pain since 2007
Anxiety disorder rx'd 2009
PTDS rx'd 2009
Several mbb, steroid injections, nerve root burnings C3-L5