Hi, my name is Melinda. I am scheduled for a C6-C7 ACDF. This will be my first spinal surgery, in fact my first major surgery of any sort.
I've been a nurse for 23 years, longer than the "safe patient handling and movement" teams have been around. Through the tears, intermittent issues, never severe. Past few years well managed by a chiropractor who utilizes the Activator method. But, again, previously never any love-altering issues.
I am right handed, do a lot of computer work at work, and at home. Had a few months of right shoulderblade vague knotty feelings, chalked it up to computers.
About 3 weeks ago, it changed, and became a localized rippy pain over the medial edge of my scapula (shoulderblade). As it didn't go away, and in fact worsened, I began to fear that I had actually torn something, as I did tear one of the parts of my rotator cuff about 2 yrs ago.
Nurses make bad patients, typically. I made an appointment with my PCP, and saw the PA last Thursday. She referred me back to the ortho I saw for my shoulder, which was exactly what I had wanted her to do, and they actually had an appt open the following day. Saw him, determined it to be neck, not shoulder. He ordered an MRI, which I had Sunday. I saw him in followup Tuesday (yes, of this week.) and earned myself a stat referral to the ortho neck guy, who I saw the following day.
Surgery currently scheduled for 3/7, unless there is a cancellation or change in my status. I had my pre-admission testing today.Diagnosis[/u]:
spinal stenosis and degenerative changes from C4-T4. protruding discs at C4-C6, indenting/compressing spinal cord marked cervical kyphosis
- gabapentin 300 mg 3x/d
- Flexeril as needed
- Norco as needed
- ibuprofen as needed, but not taking much as it was starting tobother my stomach
- Tylenol as needed, and I am watching my daily Tylenol intake, which so far is not where near danger zone.
Did PT twice, until the initial visit with the surgeon. Only thing they're allowed to do is traction, which I can have my chiro do, and he's closer to home
I don't have questions yet, but wanted to jump in and introduce myself rather than just lurking around.