Re: Am I crazy?
Interestingly, I was told I could play golf (summer 2005) after I was completely fused and healed. Perhaps each situation and/or surgeon's opinion is different or varies as to the patient and other factors (age, other health concerns, abilities, etc.) I probably will call my NS one more time to confer about this subject. I can't seem to let it go.
Melissa, I had 2-level fusion with microdisektomy in Feb. '04. My C5-6 and C6-7 had serious bulges which were putting pressure on my spinal cord as well as the nerves to branch out to my arms and legs. I had extreme pain, numbness, tingling. I am 90% better now. I would do this again and had a wonderful NS and staff that helped me each step of the way. 3 weeks post-op I began physical therapy. At assessment I was at 40% of normal function so you can imagine how weak and tired I was! After 2 months of PT, I "graduated" and then did some exercises at home.
I also had "swan neck" where my neck was not bowing to the front like it was supposed to. NS felt my deformity was due to many, many years of competitive swimming (specifically the butterfly). The NS believes that the discs have slowly been bulging over the years until they finally "gave way" and I ended up in horrible pain. I do remember noticing a lack of energy and being super-tired in the months leading up to The Pain... but it was so gradual that I never paid any attention. Only after all was said and done could I look back and realize how it all fit together.
If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to post another message [ [I]removed[/I] ] I'd happy to help.
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