Re: Herniated Disk Surgery C5-6 & C6-7 need advice
I had a Cervial Fusion at C5-6, do to a Herniation and nerve compression. I had went through trigger point injections, Pt, epidural, pain meds and antiflamitory meds. Nothing worked for any long period of time for me, pain always came back within a week.
The pain was what I describe as a half band pain in the upper arm, pain down the arm and numbness and tingling in the fingers. Pain in the Neck, where I felt like I couldn't hold my head up at times and, the pain would go into the shoulder.
Immediatly following surgery, my pain was gone! I couldn't believe that I had this pain for 8 months and then all of a sudden it was GONE. Unfortunately, the past few months, I have had some of the reocurring pain. I think maybe, just over did it and maybe had some swelling and with rest, heat and ice, meds, it has finally calmed down (thank goodness). The surgery was only a couple of hours long. Recovery to me really wasn't that bad, considering the pain I was in before. I remember the feeling of the nerves waking back up over the first month, really not bad at all. Just have to be careful, and not overdue it. As far as being in the hospital, for the Neck part of surgery, was an additional two days.
I went in to Hospital for Lumbar Surgery and the day of surgery, we had gotten the results of the Cervical MRI showing how bad neck was. So, needless to say, one day Cervial fusion and the next day Lumbar fusion.
I agree with Maurice, try all conservative treatments, and if they fail, definately have a consult with a spine specialist for surgery.
By the way, I'm 40 and had these surgeries 1 1/2 years ago.
Best wishes to you, and let us know how your doing.
Last edited by Tucsonlady40; 04-21-2006 at 07:57 PM.