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Going in for C-6 discectomy in 2 weeks



  • Hi, I'm 41, worked out 5-6 days week, very in shape, toned
    4/18 I was hit in a car accident, pcp diagnosed whiplash
    Went to chiro, he said he felt bulging disc, a few days later I began
    To get pain in neck, shoulder, upper chest and down arm
    Numbness in pointer and middle finger. Next MRI, MRI WAS Misread and
    Report faxed to my pcp showed no findings
    Pain became worse to the point I got the pain
    And numbness 90% of the day. Pcp gotme an appt
    With neurosurgeon, they had me pick up CD
    of MRI. herniated disc c6-c7, they explained
    The "jelly" inside of disc was pushed out and
    Hardened compressing root nerve. As the numbness
    Illustrated it was completely compressing nerve
    And the pain was unbearable at that point they
    Scheduled surgery for 4 days later out of fear
    For possibility of permanent nerve damage.
    The surgery was through back of my neck and
    Was to only shave the disc to release pressure of nerve
    When I woke up I had pain at incision site but
    All of the other pain/numbness was 95% gone
    I was up walking around hospital and released the
    Next morning, after a few days I was getting around well. Saw
    Pcp a week after surgery and she removed steri strips
    And checked incision for infection. All good. I felt
    Better everyday, maybe over did it. On day17
    Post surgery I woke up with all the same pain I had
    Before surgery, maybe worse, after crying I called
    Neuro office, I was told it could be swelling, scar
    Tissue could be compressing nerve, and that it is not
    Uncommon for pain to dissapear immediately after
    Surgery and come back within 4-6 weeks. They
    Added flexural to the percocet I was already taken
    And told me to ice it (neck) and take motrin 3-4. Hoursafter
    Percocet. I'm now at day 20 post surgery and pain
    Comes and goes down arm not getting the finger numbness
    Days 17, 18 & 19 the pain was horrible and continuous, day 20
    Today it came and went. I stopped everything I
    Was doing and stuck close to bed couch and short
    Walks. I've tried completely relaxing myself and also
    Keeping positive thoughts.called neuro and left message today.
    I've NEVER had any surgeries for any spinal injuries
    Never had any problems before car accident, I just
    Want my life back and when I think of the prospect
    Of having more surgery or that more stuff came out of disc
    and Hardened, i want to cry, any suggestions or insight
    Would be greatly appreciated.
  • I am 4 weeks removed from mine. I can tell you that I no longer have the nero pain however the post surgical pain is just as bad but its a better feeling because its healing pain. I can tell you that I feel like a million bucks 5 mins after waking up from surgery. Yes I am still dealing with post surgery pain but its a better pain than before.

    Prissy2 said:
    Hi everyone I'm hoping to find out what's in store for me after this surgery.
    I have a herniated disc at the C-6 levelalong with arthritis in C-4 & C-5 on both the right & left sides. I've been in physical therapy, epidural injections since my injury in Dec. of 2009. I have constant pain in left arm, neck,& shoulder. They tell me after the surgery all the pain will go away. But that I will never be able to deliver the mail again, which really sucks for me. Were any of you able to do all or almost all of the things you did before your injury. I'm also trying to see what to expect after the surgery they are going to use an prosthestic disc.
    Worried sick about this.
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