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Hi G-ma Nanny,
I slept in a reclining chair for about three weeks, then I was able to return to the bed. I was on Oxycontin for about three weeks and then switched to Ibuprophen. I never had problems walking, had no need for a walker or cane. I do remember visiting a friend in the hospital also at three weeks--without difficulty. If your recovery is like mine, I'd prepare to take it VERY easy for the first three weeks. Then things get MUCH better.
I'd certainly do it again,
Andrea
June 6 is soon. No wonder you're anxious.
On a scale of 1-10, I'd say the pain I had the first two-to-three days after surgery was a 9, maybe even a 10. But it quickly decreased. I was in the ICU for a day and a half after surgery, which was routine. I felt well enough ten days after surgery to go off the Oxycontin--but a couple of days later I did get a refill for the prescription, used the drug for a couple of days and then made do with Ibuprophen.
It's hard to say about my symptoms now. My walking is definitely much, much better. I can walk a straight line unless very tired.
I didn't loose the numbness in my hands, and about three months ago, my neurosurgeon ordered an MRI because I told him my symptoms had gotten worse (pain in arms, numbness, burning, sensitivity to touch on arms). The cervical MRI showed no problems. Turned out that I had peripheral neuropathy from Statin use, which I still haven't resolved after going off one Statin, trying another, and going off it. I'm also having some problems with upper back and shoulder pain, and whatever problem I have there exasperates the neuropathy symptoms. Since I was on Lipitor for years, it's hard to know what proportion of my symptoms--even before surgery two years ago--was a result of my neck and what was Statins.
I hope you like your surgeon and have confidence in him. I also hope you have good emotional support. I'm blessed with a kind, good man for a husband.
[QUOTE=aodean;4753940]June 6 is soon. No wonder you're anxious.
On a scale of 1-10, I'd say the pain I had the first two-to-three days after surgery was a 9, maybe even a 10. But it quickly decreased. I was in the ICU for a day and a half after surgery, which was routine. I felt well enough ten days after surgery to go off the Oxycontin--but a couple of days later I did get a refill for the prescription, used the drug for a couple of days and then made do with Ibuprophen.
It's hard to say about my symptoms now. My walking is definitely much, much better. I can walk a straight line unless very tired.
I didn't loose the numbness in my hands, and about three months ago, my neurosurgeon ordered an MRI because I told him my symptoms had gotten worse (pain in arms, numbness, burning, sensitivity to touch on arms). The cervical MRI showed no problems. Turned out that I had peripheral neuropathy from Statin use, which I still haven't resolved after going off one Statin, trying another, and going off it. I'm also having some problems with upper back and shoulder pain, and whatever problem I have there exasperates the neuropathy symptoms. Since I was on Lipitor for years, it's hard to know what proportion of my symptoms--even before surgery two years ago--was a result of my neck and what was Statins.
I hope you like your surgeon and have confidence in him. I also hope you have good emotional support. I'm blessed with a kind, good man for a husband.[/QUOTE]

Andrea,
Since you are having shoulder pain I would check with the doctor about "frozen sholder". I was diagnosed last week with it. So much pain in collar bone, rib bones, shoulders and back. Hurts to even laugh.
The doctor gave me a shot of lidocaine and steroid under the bursa (sp)?
and what a difference. Right away I could lift my arm higher than ever (since the surgery) with little pain. Monday, the other arm. The doctor said since I was in hard collar for 4 months and so limited with rom my shoulder froze. He said the shots 1st then PT to loosen them.
My grandson (8) teases me and says Grandma if a robber says put your hands up you would be in trouble. Haha.
Anyway just wanted to let you know this could be the problem.





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