Hi, I am new to the site, This is my first post,
I reported symptoms of like rods shooting down the front of my knees, down my arms In May 2015, when ever I sneezed, attempted to run, squat, cough or shuffle positions while on my back in bed
-. They found a disk pressing against my spinal cord. Over the months ( 9 long, un treated months). myelopathy kept coming up on searches - a sharp electric shock. Cracks and pops, like pulling a chicken leg off a carcass while tilting my head forward. One morning I woke up to feel like someone was standing on my big toe...then I didn't make it to the bathroom quite in time.
I contacted my othopedic, who admitted me to my local hospital to wait, he chased up the neurosurgeon. I was home in a total of 7 days, and 24 hours after surgery
it scared the hell out of me, the thought. The night before, the questions, the risks...ACDF ?
The night before consisted on IV's being inserted, surgery stockins put on, meeting me surgeon and registra to sign consent and talk about the risks and procedure. I also met and talked with anaethatist.
I will admit, I was a nervous wreck on my way to theatre, the pre op room consisted of 4 shots from a syringe of something to calm me down, a mask of air (and gas?) and then they said I was going to go to sleep with the next shot.
I woke up confused, but not in pain.
I was able to get about...fairly soon, and walk out side the hospital that night at 10:30 pm, the surgery lasted 4.5 hours and was done by 4:30pm
My neck was very stiff for the first 4 -6 days, I am advised to move about and not wear a collar. So that's what I do.
a ceramic and titanium spacer replaces the prolapsed, crumbled disk.
it's been 9 days, a lay 20-40% while sleeping, walk and do light house work (since day 2). The numbness in my fingertips is still there, today I've had the same old pains and the sensations, insecurities about limitations and for how long.
It's early days, I hope for improved symptoms over recovery...anything better than the way I was is a bonus. And that cracking sound has gone
Anyone have any advice on fusion and the pains I still have? The surgerys purpose was to stop deteriation...