Hello, I am a new member and this is my first post, but have read posting for a good while on this site.
About me: acdf c5/6-c6/7 12/2013 with cages and plate; 6/2014 long thoracic nerve decompression surgery; bells palsy 1/2015.
I am currently waiting for surgeries to be scheduled very soon. Took a good while to find the right doctor to diagnose constant right shoulder blade pain, neck pain, shooting pain both arms but worse in right, constant pins and needles both arms and hands. These problems got worse after my acdf and know after numerous tests including discogram found out I never fused, have problems with adjacent levels and need 2 surgeries in 2 days. I will also add I have DDD, osteoarthritis, foraminal narrowing. I will have anterior surgery the first day to remove hardware and reconstruct then the following morning posterior surgery to finish up. At least 4 levels will be done, possibly more, surgeon will determine when he gets in there.
Sorry for length but haven't found anyone that went through both approaches basically at the same time and what recovery was like? I know every experience is different along with outcomes! Trying to prepare meals to freeze ahead of surgery. Recovery from first surgery was brutal but especially swallowing pain but it did get better with time although I remained numb from incision site to jaw line and that will never come back. Any experiences with recovery would be greatly appreciated, I know to expect a longer more painful recovery. Did you need help dressing, showering, walking once home? What about sleeping? I can do very little now, just cooking one meal puts me in bed for 2 days.