Post # 1
I can’t believe this is happening. My recent neurological problems are due to spinal stenosis at my C5-C7 discs. I have to do 4 weeks of rehab and meds, then be evaluated for surgery. If I had it before the wedding, downtime would be 2-6 weeks bed rest. The whole thing wants me to chuck it all and do a JoP wedding and a party later.
Has anyone else gone through this? I’ve lost about 25% strength in my left arm. This is scary stuff.
Post # 3
One of my coworkers had it done. She was back at work in about a month or so. The rehab after is super important, she only had it done when she was in the collar so afterward she had no strength in her neck and she is having problems now because of that and continuing to smoke after her doctor told her not to. That is a worst case scenario though, I’m sure you would follow your doctor’s advice better than her.
Post # 4
I’ve had T-spine surgery (T3-T12 fusion). My best friend has the same exact thing going on that you do and has his C-spine surgery scheduled as soon as his heart is able to handle it (they found he had a minor heart attack while doing surgery tests). He had C-spine surgery years ago to correct another issue as well and honestly he said the pain/downtime wasn’t bad and there isn’t even a scar. I’m so sorry you’re going thru this! You’re not alone in it-plenty of people have stenoses and need the same surgery as you do. I really don’t have any advice except to say I’m sorry and can relate to how scary surgery is.
Post # 5
i do work comp so i come across this a lot. Its scary scary scary! but, with rehab and a good doctor – youll be ok.
By The Way – I would recommend trying EVERYTHING you can before proceeding towards surgery. My sister did acupuncture for her back and it literally saved her life. It was at a point where she couldnt lift her own kids bc of the pain and numbness in her arm. Now, she’s fine. She would go once a week, now once a month. And she’s fine. And she managed to avoid surgery altogether. Obviously, every situation is different. But i’m all about trying everything you can before going the surgery route.
Post # 6
I know just how you feel. I have several issues with my back and neck, mostly due to arthritis. With good chiropractic care and strength training I have been able to hold surgery off. I had to wait on chiropractic care for this and last month because of insurance and boy do I pray for the day I can go back, the migraines are aweful and the pain is rediculous. I know how scary the thought of surgery is, but I hope you feel better.
Post # 7
I haven’t had it done, but I work on the orthopedics floor of a hospital and see many people daily who’ve had such surgeries. The main thing to remember is to be patient and work with the physical and occupational therapists to the best of your ability.
Good luck and stay strong.
Post # 8
Thank you, everyone. I feel better now.
Post # 9
A friend of mine had it, less than two years after she had t-spine surgery (car accident injuries). Both went swimmingly, she was back to work within a month of each surgery, and she has almost zero pain now, a year after the c-spine. She’s even starting to dance again, which she hasn’t done since college.