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So I was a bit naive thinking my numbness would be gone when I woke up...I now realize (after my 2week post-op appt) that the healing process is a marathon and not a race...I did had severe cord compression (C5-C6), edema & bruising of the spinal cord...The good news is Doc says my plate/screws look good (boy it is creepy to look at on the X-ray)...I have big healthy elephant bones (which he says should help)...In fact I was surprised initally that I was not required to wear a collar (just for comfort) and allowed to drive...I am early 40's about 6-4 240lbs...and he suggested that although i shouldn't be lifted cinder blocks over my head I shouldn't be worried about lifting 10 lbs or so...I have had some positive signs recently w/regard to my numbness (heat, pain-happy to feel something there, twitching, "magnetic pull" btwn fingers, prickliness)...He said not to keep a symptoms journal nor worry about day-day progress---take the long view--although I still have some weakness and tweaky reflexes they are improving...so at least I am moving in the right direction in his view...I appreciate this board as an outlet and feel a great sense of support...I do hope that one day I can offer as much support to those who are anticipating what I and many of you have just gone through...peace...HTF
[QUOTE=humantunigfork]So I was a bit naive thinking my numbness would be gone when I woke up...I now realize (after my 2week post-op appt) that the healing process is a marathon and not a race...I did had severe cord compression (C5-C6), edema & bruising of the spinal cord...The good news is Doc says my plate/screws look good (boy it is creepy to look at on the X-ray)...I have big healthy elephant bones (which he says should help)...In fact I was surprised initally that I was not required to wear a collar (just for comfort) and allowed to drive...I am early 40's about 6-4 240lbs...and he suggested that although i shouldn't be lifted cinder blocks over my head I shouldn't be worried about lifting 10 lbs or so...I have had some positive signs recently w/regard to my numbness (heat, pain-happy to feel something there, twitching, "magnetic pull" btwn fingers, prickliness)...He said not to keep a symptoms journal nor worry about day-day progress---take the long view--although I still have some weakness and tweaky reflexes they are improving...so at least I am moving in the right direction in his view...I appreciate this board as an outlet and feel a great sense of support...I do hope that one day I can offer as much support to those who are anticipating what I and many of you have just gone through...peace...HTF[/QUOTE]

HTF,

I want to commend you for coming to this realization! I have been harping on here continually that this recovery takes time...up to a year. I never get any responses, when I tell people to be patient and wait for the healing.

We live in a society that gets everything in an instant. Fast food, fast this, fast that. People have little patience. Just slow down too much on the highway and you will see what I mean. Some places they will shoot you for that.

Then, our bodies break down, and we feel our own mortality...yet, we want a miracle and WE WANT IT NOW!

Doctors tend to bend the rules to get people moving faster. That may be okay, but with this surgery, I think it's a mistake.

The most important advise I and other's have given here is to slow down and let your bodies heal! Don't try to do too much too fast. Don't be surprised if you feel some level of pain for 6 to 8 months. It will go away eventually. How long did it take you to get to the place you were when you had the surgery?

I'm rambling, but I really want to make this point. Stop cleaning the closets and scrubbing the floors. Stop going to work if your body doesn't feel up to it. Don't lift 20lb bags of groceries. Don't paint the ceiling with your neck brace on! Lay down on a comfortable bed, with good pillows to support your neck and read a good book instead.

Sorry...I needed to do that.

HTF, you got it right. Hang in there. Take it slow.

Dennis





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