Spinal Surgery: What should I expect?

Posted by Sschmitt @sschmitt77, Dec 17, 2016

I have recently been diagnosed with c3/c4 bulging and c5/c6 herniated with nerve impingment. I am to see a spine specialist soon. My doctor was trying to be positive and said surgery may not be necessary, but i know it will be. What am i to be expecting? Will they want to do surgery on all four discs or just the two that are herniated? What is sugery and recovery like? Its scary. I have had four surgerys in the past four years and this one, for me, is the scariest. Any comments will be appreciated. Thank you!

Hello sschmit77, I want to share my experiences with you and the community. In January of 2016 I developed a weakness in my right calf muscle, I then began to limp slightly and the leg began to feel a little heavier, at this point in time my left leg was perfect. In May I underwent surgery, C5/C6 decompression and fusion. The day before the operation my husband asked for my prognosis, we were given a guarantee that I would not deteriorate but that I may still limp but this may be treated by physiotherapy. Post operative recovery was excellent, I was walking unaided then in August every so often my right calf muscle began to go rigid, a month later the left calf muscle did the same, by January 2017 my hip flexors had gone rigid. First appointment with the Neurological Rehabilitation Consultant was in April 2017, in May he injected me the maximum legal dose of Botox in my calves and hips. In August I began to deteriorate, by November of last year I could barely walk and was admitted to hospital. Brain and spine MRI, lumbar puncture, blood tests etc were all fine so after a week I was transferred to rehabilitation unit. Still an inpatient and making very little progress i.e. only able to walk a very short distance due to debilitating pain in right foot due to the ankle being inverted which was never treated.

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hey @sschmitt77 this is @lilgrizz. I read your intro and thought I probably didn't fit into this discussion but will pop in here anyway. Most of everyone's post is spot on about neck and mine is about degenerative scoliosis. I don't know the tech terms so please bear with me. I tried to post pics but I guess they were to big to upload. I was saying my entire spine from about the base of the neck to the top of my tailbone was degenerating, my spine looked like an S.I kept me from being from being completely deformed but didn't do much for the pain. I also have multiple sclerosis and lupus which did not help the pain either. The first surgery is when they placed the rods in and shortly after that they went in thru my stomach and fused the bottom part of the spine. My mom is 75 and just recently lost her vision so I sleep in the living room in recliners with her when she yelled at me. I jumped up and then fell really hard on my need and cracked the two rods that had been screwed into the spine where they had been placed. So I had to go back in for another surgery for the third time to have it repaired. I think I can emphasize the pain you must feel but momma always said never, ever say you know what anyone is going thru if you've never walked in there shoes. Right now I'm scared they're going to take away my pain meds because of Trump. But they can have my meds when they pry them out of my cold dead hands.lol. I laugh now but I'm sure I'll be crying later. And they don't care about the ones who suffer from severe, chronic pain. That's just plain cruel. Hey, I really hope you can find a decision you're comfortable with and you come out pain-free. God Bless You and watch over you.

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hey @sschmitt77 this is @lilgrizz. I read your intro and thought I probably didn't fit into this discussion but will pop in here anyway. Most of everyone's post is spot on about neck and mine is about degenerative scoliosis. I don't know the tech terms so please bear with me. I tried to post pics but I guess they were to big to upload. I was saying my entire spine from about the base of the neck to the top of my tailbone was degenerating, my spine looked like an S.I kept me from being from being completely deformed but didn't do much for the pain. I also have multiple sclerosis and lupus which did not help the pain either. The first surgery is when they placed the rods in and shortly after that they went in thru my stomach and fused the bottom part of the spine. My mom is 75 and just recently lost her vision so I sleep in the living room in recliners with her when she yelled at me. I jumped up and then fell really hard on my need and cracked the two rods that had been screwed into the spine where they had been placed. So I had to go back in for another surgery for the third time to have it repaired. I think I can emphasize the pain you must feel but momma always said never, ever say you know what anyone is going thru if you've never walked in there shoes. Right now I'm scared they're going to take away my pain meds because of Trump. But they can have my meds when they pry them out of my cold dead hands.lol. I laugh now but I'm sure I'll be crying later. And they don't care about the ones who suffer from severe, chronic pain. That's just plain cruel. Hey, I really hope you can find a decision you're comfortable with and you come out pain-free. God Bless You and watch over you.

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Hello!
I am sorry for all that you are going through. I am sure the pain you are going through is beyond any I experience.
I know this new judgement by Trump is going to put many of us in a terrible situation.
I can only pray that he will not make a blanket ruling and will take into account those of us who live with chronic pain. I know I do not take my pain meds as often as I should for a couple of reasons and one is inability to get more.
Hope all goes well with you!
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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