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Dr. Jho came in the moring after surgery. He said that I had significant cord compression at C6/7, so he was optomistic that my symptoms could be resolved with the surgery on C5/6 and C6/7. We would be able to tell within a month if I would need the second surgery on C3/4 and C4/5. This was good news!

I did not have much neck pain, just a little stiffness. I had been up walking around about 4 hours after surgery. Dr. Jho discharged me to my hotel room at the Hawthorne Suites. This hotel turned out to be a good choice for us. I got the loft bedroom suite, so we had plenty of room and the kids didn't drive me nuts. They also liked the pool, basketball court and breakfast buffet. The hotel gave us a good rate for staying 5 nights, which I later found out was the same rate as the hospital patient rate.

Back at the hotel, I tried to walk off the groggy anesthesia feeling. Did loops around the building for about 30 minutes with my son. I bought hot packs for my back, which were a great help for the muscle spasms. I had some bone pain the second night after surgery, took 1/2 percocet and was able to sleep.

So far my symptom relief has been progressing. My hand/arm numbness is reduced by about 50%. I am starting to "feel" things with my fingers, which were very numb. I can turn my head all the way to the right, which I haven't done in years. I used to have a scarey problem when I stumbled. I would feel a zinger down all four limbs. I have stumbled about 4 times since the surgery (klutz!) and have not had that feeling. It really surprised me the first time, since I was so used to it. I believe that this symptom was relieved by the cord decompression. I am also trying to gradually wean myself from Neurontin.

Dr. Jho said that I would have a better feeling for the symptom relief at about 4 weeks post-op. So far, I am optomistic that the surgery was successful. Most of my pain post surgery was actually from the positioning. I doubt that I would have had as much trouble with that if I hadn't been so flexible in my shoulders. I have had dislocation problems in the past.

I still have that yucky post surgery feeling. You don't feel like yourself, want to go out and do things, overdo it and then pay for it... you get the picture. My husband and I work together and he acutally asked me which days I would be available for business appointments this week. I told him he was on his own this week. I will try to shuttle kids a little but don't count on me for much more than that!

I will be sure to post again regarding any impovement in symptoms over the next few weeks.

Keeping my fingers crossed for good pain relief!

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