Hi everyone. I'm 39, and had C5/6, and C 6/7 discs replaced (artificial)15 days ago. Anterioir procedure, No fusion, no cage, no screws, just the new discs.
I had constant neck pain for at least a year, and the arm pain (we will call it that I am sure many of you know it is indescribable in its entirety) started 4 months ago. I am a dental assistant who looks down and hyper extends my arms and neck alllll day when I work, and had taken some extra hours/longer shifts, and a month of that I think finally pushed me over the edge. The arm and shoulder pain were so bad I literally wanted to cut my arm off just to get a nights rest! Chiro made it worse, my sis in law is a PT and she couldn't help me, Finally went to family Dr and asked for an MRI referral of my neck. Neuro office tried Epidural steroids, Nerve root blocks plus steroids, I did light duty desk work a couple of weeks, NADA. No relief. I refused narcotics due to my history of alcoholism (5 yrs sober yay)
I was terrified the first week post op, as my left arm pain seemed worse, and i expected some kind of miracle when I woke up (HA). C6/7 disc had ruptured internally and downward and had left significant damage on spinal cord. (not seen on MRI from Jan. this year) Dr said that would take awhile to heal.
The second week got better, yesterday I felt normal. More normal than I have felt in a year. I was on a total "I am getting my life back high" and I got too over zealous with my cleaning at home, and going shopping, and then to top it off I got my camera out to take pictures of the moon last night, and woke up this morning and feel like I took a weeks worth of progress away. My arm is achey and my hand is tingling
My lower neck area on the back is throbbing UGH. I am SO MAD at myself. Has anyone else done this? I am hoping I just re-irritated my healing nerves and need rest time. Surely I didn't damage my hardware? Any words are much appreciated! My post op visit is in 1 week. Thanks everyone!
PS: Taking it sooo easy today, ice packs, heating pad, anti-inflammatories. Short walk, mostly resting. I am not even going to cook dinner, and cancelled my plans to drive 20 mins to see my work peeps for a few tomorrow. I hope I wake up tomorrow and feel like I did yesterday again
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