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Hi all. I haven't been on here in a while. I also had the surgery about a month ago and I am having the same symptoms you all are having. I teach so I took the semester off. I am not bored, just the opposite, there are so many things I want to do and can't do. I haven't been off of work in the winter since I can't remember when. And a great winter too in WI this year, MN too. I'd love to keep in touch with you all and not have to post on here all the time if you don't mind me joining the group. This message board has been a lifesaver for me. 4 days after surgery when I thought I was dying the messages of support I received saved me. My ns office did not, neither to my pcp. It's nice to talk to people who are feeling it and not people who tell me how I should feel when they have no idea.

Oh my God I'm rambling. I just have so much to say to folks who understand.
Here's my biggest concern. I still have a lot of pain in my neck and shoulders. I know some of it is from the site that was fused. BUT...I still have a C5-6 disc protrusion with moderate spinal canal stenosis and bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis with an osteophyte complex. My NS wanted to fix it with the surgery, but the insurance company said they would not pay for it. He even called them and did a peer to peer review of the MRI, which he had amended because the radiologist misread it. So if I heal from one surgery and in four months(ish) if I still have pain, are they going to have to open me up again? It's a huge worry because I hated the surgery, the hospital stay was horrible, and post op the doctors have been downright rude. I understand why some of you think the NS office thinks you are crazy. My husband called them 1 week post op and had a heart to heart with the NS assistant. I don't know what he said, but they started treating me a lot better after that.

Keep on improving everyone. Good job on the non-smoking. I know that is important and I still smoke....Don't judge me, ahhhh. I must quit. I have cut back to 3 a day and plan to go to 2 tomorrow. That's been working out so far, but I'm crabby sometimes due to that I think.

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