Just back from the surgeons office to go over the latest MRI, Results show continued deterioration and 3 levels involved 2 significantly. He showed me on the MRI where the disc bulges were and where the nerve impingement was and helped correlate the symptoms with what we were seeing on the MRI.
He recommended a 3 level fusion, C4-C7 and I asked how urgent it was as I have a niece graduating Nursing school next month. He said not urgent but I have had significant changes in the strength on my left side and the longer I wait the less of a chance I will recover the strength.
He could tell I was unsure and asked how long I had been dealing with this and I said over 10 years... He asked , "has it gotten any better?" Of course the answer is no, and even after trying traction for the last year it has continued to get worse.
I should get the exact date soon, his nurse didn't have the January schedule with her.
He said Aspen collar for 6 weeks and I can go back to work when I feel like it, but no driving for the first 6... All the usual weight restrictions etc..
He wants me off pain meds at least 2 weeks prior, this will be difficult as I will need to work right up to a couple of days before surgery, and I usually end up in pretty bad pain at the end of the day already..
laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched