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Hello I am new to this forum but not new to fusions.
Last summer I had c6-7 discectomy, donor bone, plated and screws. Well 2 weeks ago today I had c3-7 done the same. I had constant pain in my left hand, weakness perm. nerve damage in some of my fingers. I had over the past few months started losing my strenght in the right hand. Broke alot of my dishes.
So pain management had me do a discography and it showed tears at c3-4 and 5 -6 so the only choice was to live like this in constant pain or have them fused and still deal with pain for ever. I opted for surgery in hopes to get my hands back. I sew and craft and that is my passion. I must say I woke from surgery with no pain in my hands.Now the pain in my right arm and shoulder has been intense but my local dr gave me lidoderm patches and I can rest with those. hate that you can only wear them for 12 hrs.
I had been doing pretty good just weak and post surg. pain as normal. Sat. and Sun. I had fantastic days only 2 pain pills first thing in the morning as mornings are Terrible. I wake up hurrting so much. Anyway today the pain has been terrible. I am guessing I prob did too much. did light dishes and a load of clothes. I did not carry all at once if they were heavy. Anyway I started driving today and that was scarry. So here I am happy to be alive and have my hands back. feel free to look at my albums to see what I do crafty wise and you will get a better idea of who I am
URL Removed Oh I am going to be 41 next month. I have degenerative disc disease. Think all this started 12 yrs ago with a bad water ski accident.
(((HUGS))) Hoping everyone has a restful night.
I am also in the tearful stage because I was told today by a family memeber (not my Husband) that I should be off pain meds at 2 weeks. She is just worried I will be addicted to pain meds. This hurt me alot. I still see a pain management dr. My NS said I would be in pain for the rest of my life. That is ok as long as it not the pain I have lived with this last year. Also I still have alot of living to do and I am going to make the best of what I have. Hubby lovingly calls me Gimpy. And I am going to be the best Gimpy one I can be with a smile and a tear..
I have not been back to see him I go in a week.
Currently take lortab 10 1 3 times a day (this was my before surgery med schedule_
2 zanaflex 4mg muscle relaxer at bedtime. I am taking them 1 - 2 times (only 1 pill) during the day for muscle spasams. I also use lidoderm patches for post surgical arm and shoulder pain.
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