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Advice for anyone considering surgery

Gabriella20GGabriella20 Posts: 18
edited 03/17/2015 - 8:49 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I would like to give advice for anyone who's considering neck and back surgery. I'm 25 years old, with 4 herniated discs and a fractured bone in the lower back. I have pinched nerves going down my arms and legs.In the last 12 months, I've had 6 epidural injections, 3 neck and 3 back, as well as 2 trigger point injections due to extreme muscle spam traveling to my ribs. Every time I'd get that pain, I felt like I was about to faint. Today is 2 weeks since my first fusion surgery, neck. Pain is gone, my arms feel great, but most of all, the knight I was waking up with and going to bed is GONE. Recovery was better than I expected. Anyone who is fed up living in constant pain. Surgery is the was to go.

All spine patients are different and need to do their own research and need to take advise from a medical profession before undergoing surgery also remember all surgery has risks. It is a personal choice, and best to try conservative treatments first.

Liz spine-health moderator


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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  • Good to hear. I'm scheduled to have a mi'crodiscectomy on my L4/L5 disc soon. This helped a lot and would love to hear how your other surgeries are going.
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  • Aiden5974- So far, I'm recovering from neck fusion, waiting to be scheduled for back surgery. Want to get everything done as soon as possible and start living a normal life. From my experience, positive attitude and just being prepared both physically and mentally post op makes a huge difference. My doctor told me today that most people say boredom is the biggest challenge after surgery. You just need to find something to do. I keep reminding myself, I only have 1 health and need to take care of myself and let my body heal. Also, walking is great way to start gaining strength. Good luck to you, and would like to know how your feeling after surgery.
  • Dear all,
    I would like to know if you can sleep well after neck surgery.
    I have a feeling that the blood circulation is weakened while lying down.
    So I end up feeling very thirsty and tried after waking up.
    Sometimes, insomnia sets in.
    Is your quality of sleep affected after surgery.
  • Hi,

    I've using Zzzquil to help me fall asleep faster, want to stay away from taking more narcotics. I sleep on my side with a pillow between legs. It takes the pressure of the spinal cord. You can also try sleeping with a pillow behind knees when sleeping on your back. Sometimes it's hard for me to find a good position but that's because I have 2 herniated diccs and a fractured bone in looser back. The quality of sleep is good, except past few days I've had extreme chest pain so I wake up very tired. Do you wear a night brace for bed?
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  • Hi Gabriella, great news on your surgery. I'm probably looking at the same type of surgery that you just had. I had an MRI last week, and I just met with my primary doctor yesterday. He's sending me to a surgeon, that I hope I can see in the next couple of weeks. You didn't say what part of your neck you had the surgery on. My problem area is C3-C4 through C5-C6. I'm not new to back surgery as I had a laminectomy on my L5-S1 back in 1991. I'm not as young now, (i'm58) as I was then so I know I'm not going to heal as fast as I did back then. I wish you luck on your healing process and please keep us posted on your continued success. Ken.
  • Hi Ken, Thank you! I had C5-C6 ACDF. One surgery done, one more to go. Waiting for another fusion but with bone graft on L5-S1. Hoping it will go as smooth as this one, although when I read about horrible pain and recovery some people post about, I have to admit I'm scared to death.. Can you recommend anything that helps to manage post op pain, aside from meds. I want to speed up recovery time and go back to living a normal life. It's been over a year since my car accident. Good news is I quit smoking, its been almost 2 months since my last cigarette :) Wish you good luck and keep us posted how you're doing.
  • Hi Gabriella. One of the best things you could do is quit smoking. Excellent job. Bravo! :) I still smoke. I know I shouldn't, but it's so hard to give them up. My doctor wants me to either cut way back on my smoking, or quit it altogether. My post-op pain after my lumbar surgery wasn't too bad. I followed my doctor's orders to the T and I recovered fairly quickly. I had to change my career after my surgery (I was in construction) but it wasn't bad at all. Unfortunately, my lumber region has started bothering me again. I had a good 23 years after my lumbar surgery, so I'm not going complain about that. I need to take care of my neck first and then we'll take a look at my lower back. I'll check back here soon to see how you're doing. I wish you continued success on both your neck, and your lumbar region. Take care. Ken
  • It has been nearly a year after my c5-6acdf. But i cant sleep well though i hv tried the means as advised. I woke up with thirsty throat, dried nose and dried mouth. Seems that blood cannot reach up to my brain.
  • katie.e.kkatie.e. Posts: 27
    edited 03/23/2015 - 8:07 AM
    Hi Gabriella, I'm 23 and am in a similar, but slightly different boat than you are. I have 2 degenerative in my thoracic that cant be helped and one in my lumbar that is also bulging and have osteoarthritis at 3 levels.Unfortunately mine was just purely poor genetics, so im likely to continue to have bad discs.. Have you been given the option of fusion or a disc replacement? I am currently doing my research between the two so that I can make an educated decision as to which route to go. Let us know how your lumbar goes as I am likely having my surgery in the next couple of months. If anyone else has has lumbar surgery as far as fusion or replacement, please let us know how it went... at 23 im not looking forward to either option (except for the sheer fact that i will FINALLY get relief) Thanks!
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