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Thank you for your input, this site/information helped us greatly in getting the right care and providers. Reading all the other posts was incredibly educating and I truly wish everyone the best recoveries.:angel:

Update... surgery was performed Dec.17th.'07. c3 through c6 fusion. The neurosurgeon determined to go through the back and straighten everything from there (genetic straightening of the neck that needed to be put back into a curve would resolve most issues), remove spurs, add a plate/screws, etc. If necessary they would "flip him" and continue through the front - ultrasound during surgery showed they did not need to this.
The [B]immediate response after surgery was amazing - the numbness on the right side completely subsided ("pinch me" one hour out of recovery).[/B] No more burning feet. They released hubby the next morning. Pain management: includes: 2 morphine slow-release per day, valium every 4-6 hours, oxycotin every 4 hours, patches for direct relief, and tylenol as needed.

{I left out all the dreary details on this ... it has not been easy as most of you know. But if anyone really wants/needs to know, ask ... I'll try to check the posts and answer somewhat timely.}

It has been a l-o-n-g three weeks. The meds are still needed constantly for the stiffness/pain in the neck; [I]I worry about addiction.[/I] The incision is healing nicely. Sleep is a favorite pasttime and atrophy is seemingly a necessary part of the healing process. Therapy is scheduled to start in a few weeks.

On January 27th, we'll see the ns for an eval and find out exactly how "successful" this was. In the mean while, I'll continue my education reading the old/other posts... Thanks again!

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