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ok..so, i posted a few wks ago, i believe, about the multi-level acdf that i was gettinng on the 8th. i hadn't been back on because for the first 3 days i felt horrible, but then after that i started to feel better than i had in over 2 yrs!!! my neuro, when i saw him 8 days post op was amazed at how good i was doing. he took my neck brace off, then my bandages, and says i didn't need either of them anymore!! i was ecstatic to say the least. he said my incision looked great! my incision goes up and down though and not side to side like i had thought. sometimes i think he took advantage of my long neck..haha! anyhow, i was doing awesome. i was back to my old self again! being very active and loving the exercise!! i didn't need the stinking narcotics they try to force on people. aside from the burning in my shoulder blade when im doing something requires a lot of shoulder movements, i was pain free. i did have some really bad trouble with my right arm immediately after surgery. i had no problems with right arm prior to surgery, and even though that pain was WAY worse than my neck for almost a week, its ok akay now because they increased my neurontin a week after surgery. my neuro said that i would probably need physical therapy for 3-4 times a week for 4 weeks so he referred me for that. so, this last thurs i went for my consultation. the therapist, just like my neuro, said she was amazed. she said that she's never seen anyone with the range of motion i had in my neck 2 wks post op. she said i didn't even need therapy!! my claw hand was even gone right after decompression..woohoo!! the surgery was a success!!! or so i thought....

i woke up this morning feeling like i did before the surgery!! ALL the same symptoms i was having prior to the surgery are back. i don't understand! even though i've not had any yet..is this possibly a "bad" day? will i have those? maybe it's from what peranent damage was already done before decompression? because it went on for over 2 yrs before diagnosis? or is it something that i unknowingly caused somehow?? like could i undo somehow what my neuro has done? i haven't had any accidents. he said i couldn't hurt what he's done. i'd been feeling great..only running (again), doing some much needed housework, laundry, driving and walking. i'm sooo confused today. i woke up this morning with both of my arms completely numb again. my right arm, despite the neurontin (that has been my savior) i'm still taking, is hurting sooo bad today. my feet are burning again. im having the same achiness/crampiness i had for months beofre the surgery, in my lower half. i hadn't felt that since..till this morn. my whole body aches. i just feel horrible. i felt great yesterday, but did have the same ol muscles in my left arm jumping around like crazy again. the muscle on back side of my arm, right above elbow was the worst. it quivered ALL day long. but it didn't/doesn't hurt. didn't think much of it though. still don't really, but now wonder if that was the beginning of my old symptoms returning. i did have trouble sleeping last night because no matter what position i was in my amrs and hands kept going to sleep. but i was very tired last night and didn't wake up long enough to realize...
i think i will just call my neuro on mon if things haven't improved. i feel disappointed and discouraged today. i was ready to go back to him and show him what a wonderful job he had done:P plz tell this is all normal after the surgery?? thx to everyone in advance. i know this is a lot to read, sorry:P





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