I am having Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion on C-5/6 in Nov 2016. Just found out I have moderate stenosis with spurs and nerve involvement at C5 C6 that I had no idea I had. i have been off work for 19 months for severe leg pain and cramping both upper & lower legs and being treated for low back issues that they keep telling me should not be causing my symptoms in legs according to the Lumbar MRI's. They have also ruled out other disease such as MS or ALS. I have several questions for those who have had cervical issues. I'm reading good , need to know information. I am a registered nurse so I am fortunately was able to understand what the surgeon explained to me but by no surprise he said nothing about the shoulder pain, nerve pain, ect.. stuff I'm reading about post surgery. Here are my questions, and THANK YOU in advance:
#1. Did anyone have severe leg pain and/or cramping prior to surgery that was helped by the cervical surgery?
#2. Was any prior suggestions given to do prior to surgery (stretches or exercises) to help with these muscle issues I might experience after surgery?
#3. Even though symptoms of cervical usually are arm, neck, hands, my NS did say he has seen leg pain. Has anyone else been told this? I'm praying my leg pain will let up as this is completely debilitating to me.
#4. What was worst part of surgery for you?
#5. With all the possible swallowing problems; what type of food worked best for you?
#6. How long unable to use NSAIDS? (From what I'm told and read they want the inflammation process to happen to help graft grow so not allowed to us Motrin or steroids)
#7. This is the BIG question.....Anyone on any kind of blood thinners after surgery, if so what kind? (I take blood thinner for clotting issues and am concerned about resuming my thinner after surgery )