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Going in for C-6 discectomy in 2 weeks



  • I want to thank you guys for posting these comments and feedback. I too am facing C6-C7 discectomy in 2 weeks. My doctor has urged me to try all other measures and I worry if I've given it enough time. I've been dealing with the pain for a month now. Prior to the diagnosis I saw an osteopath regularly, started yoga, quit running, and started swimming too. Since the diagnosis I'm doing PT and home traction. All this an not really any better. Plus I'v slipped into a bit of depression, and I'm also having panic attacks almost nightly now--a result of my hydrocodone I think. I just want this to be over and it's nice to know there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sounds like recovery is not too bad. But I am a wimp with this pain so the initial pain after surgery does worry me.
  • Hi! I am 2 weeks post -op tomorrow & am definately glad I had the surgery. I had a level 2 fusion-they removed the discs atc5-c6 & c6-c7 and fused w/a titanium plate & 3 screws. I am doing fairly well. Needed a little help but only for someone to lift things or help me the 1st day or 2 with general things. I did end up back in the er w/an impacted bowel a week and 1/2 after surgery bc I was dehydrated-it was hard to swallow water or food the 1st few days & I still have to break my pain meds in 1/2 but I am doing well on that front now. I had taken colace but it wasn't enough. I was suggested to take senna-s once in am & once in pm while taking pain meds every 4 hrs & to drink a lot of water & that has helped tremendously! Worrying about the surgery was worse than the surgery itself! I felt instant relief when I woke up. I was in am accident-fot rear-ended almost 2 years ago-I tried traction w/the chiro, massage therapy, accupuncture, physical thereapy, etc & only got temp relief from a few things so you are prob making the right choice! I wish I would've listened to my Dr to have the surgery last August when he said the pain would prob get worse since the discs were compressing my spinal chord pretty bad & by the time I had the surgery I could hardly grip at all w/my right hand and my daily pain level was at least a 8-9 at all times even w/the meds. Good luck with your surgery-lots of prayers! ~Autumn
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  • Honestly, the recovery isn't so bad. I didn't even have to wear a collar and was released the next day after surgery. There was noticeable pain relief immediately after surgery. Then I was warned by the nurses at the hospital to expect things to get worse before they get better. I noticed that the pain would move and change from stabbing to tingling sensations. Expect a lot of ups and downs in terms of pain levels, especially on days you do more than you should. The worst part for me the first 2 weeks was the swallowing problems. Your trachea and esophagus will be swollen from surgery. Keep plenty of yogurt, soup and other soft foods around and stay away from breads. I am so glad I had the surgery and I hope your surgery will give you relief! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I would like to say thank you to everyone for your comments and your advice it is truly helpful & appreciated. I am now 3 days before surgery and getting very scared & nervous. I know it will be alright but my pain is getting worse the closer it gets I know it's caused by my nervousness and aggrivation. Hopefully I can have the relief most of you have had afterwards. I will keep you updated.
    Thanks again,
    deeply appreciative,
  • Ginnie,

    I know lots of us on here will be sending you positive thoughts and energy for a successful outcome. I treat myself before surgery. The hubby and I go out for dinner most times, or we go to the small "large cat" sanctuary a few miles away, or get a shake made out of real strawberries! Something to take a break from your nerves and anxiety. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • I was told by my surgeon that it will take me a little longer to recover and that I should expect a rough start. He could not give me an estimated recovery schedule, not even averages, even on my FMLA leave paperwork. The reason he told me it would be a rough start is because I already had a chronic pain condition prior to the herniation of my disks. So adding the disc condition to my other pain condition and my pain meds will take me longer and require more meds/anesthesia. My pain recepters are now in overload and my threshold is low. I'm a red head too! I think my weight probably is a factor too and he was being polite not to mention it. I am appreciative of the honesty and have seen others post similar stories too. Now my second visit to the surgeon's scheduling and nurse educator was confusing as she said all the textbook things and I think now my hubby has some un-realistic expectations. Such as I will definitely be home the next day, the doctor will give me pain meds that can be called in??? (Duhhh I'm on Dilaudid now!) and that as long as I don't take pain meds I can drive with my miami j collar on! WHAT??? But that I can't do laundry, bending, lifting, dishes, vacuuming for atleast three months... Makes no sense. I beleive my doctor since the last time I was put out for a biopsy, they had a hard time controlling my pain in recovery. My surgery is set for 4/13 and he thinks I will be ready for a 2 hour car ride on Easter 24th. I have told him the nurses speech was a bit more rosey than the doc. He keeps ribbing me that I'm just milking it.
    I am ok, and whatever happens happens! I just want to be better.
  • For a lot of us, as we come out of our surgery funk actually "feel" sooooo much better than before surgery!!

    Now for the house keeping chores, sweeping, vacuuming, laundry, dishes, yes, those will (should) be off the list for a number of months. Lifting things more than say....5 pounds too will be on the no-no list as well. I'm pending lumbar surgery, but have yet another cervical coming, and I am religious on doing what I am told by my doctor/surgeon.

    Hopefully you will be like many of us, and have a very happy sigh of relief when you wake from your surgery. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I do remember that I attended a volleyball tournament my daughter was playing in two weeks after my surgery. And yes, I got hit in the head with a volleyball (from behind) about 2 minutes after my husband left to get to a business meeting scheduled for the next day. I was very protected otherwise, but felt like being there. We stayed with his mother in her home and my heating pad and pillows were my friend in our down time between volleyball games.
  • I had the surgery on my c5-c6 on april 1st. came home on Sat. april 2nd surgeons assistant says she couldn't believe that I was still having the same pain before the sugery, They had me on a morphene pump from recovery until I was released. I asked her what type of pain meds she was sending me home on she said vicodin and valium. I tried to explain to her that I had built up a tolerance to vicodin, so she gave me percocet. I asked for dilaudid but she said it was to strong. The percocets(oxycodone) is not working at all. I still have the same pain before the surgery and now even more now that I've let them slice, remove, and insert metal in me. I am so not happy with ths. No lifting over 2 pounds, no bending,twisting, reaching,& pretty much nothing else. If i go upstairs have to wait an hour to come back down. This is absolutely terrible kinda wishing I wouldn't have done it.
  • Hang in there. If you are not getting sufficient pain relief you have the right to call your doctor. Even if it is the weekend there has to be somebody on call. I don't think they should be sending anyone home without good pain control. If they have you on the pump until you walk out of the place, that does not seem right. They should be testing the oral meds.

    I hope you feel better soon. Hugs.
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