Like most people who are on this site, I started on doing searches online because I had many questions about my situation. With all the questions that would arise, I would come to this site. Just when I thought I would have to pose the question to the group, low and behold I would find the answer. This almost led me to the conclusion that there would never be a reason for me to leave a posting, as my procedure has been done, and thus far I am doing fine. However, having all this free time, allows for much thinking. Which lead me to the conclusion that not only was it the ability to answer questions, but all the kind words and support that has been shown. The people on this site have been more informative than I could have ever imagined, and were able to set my mind at ease about my surgery. For this I must say thank you to ALL OF YOU.
Perhaps I will be able to return the favor, to others just finding this site.
I had ACDF c6-7 w/o hardware, donor bone on 8/1. Everything went exactly according to plan, and according to expectations. The pain I was experiencing prior to surgery was, as far as I was concerned, gone. Over the next few days’ things seemed to be improving. Aside from the obvious swallowing difficulty and frustration, I was actually starting to feel, like I haven't felt in a long time. It seemed too good to be true. I'm sure you all have heard the rest of that story.
On the morning of my 4th day home, after my accustomed 3 hours sleep, I awoke. While doing my roll to get up, I must have stretched something wrong. I initiated some severe spasms in my shoulders and in my left arm. This coincidentally was the side of my pain before surgery. I guess under the circumstances, that muscle spasms would be the least of my worries. I know the inactivity, along with being in a new "comfortable" position could cause this. My only question would be how any of you have handled this situation. I don't see the Dr for another week. I am currently only on pain meds but have noticed that some of you were prescribed muscle relaxers. Was this a foresight or something that you requested? Perhaps there is some other way of handling them that I have missed.
We all know that no other question is more important to us, than the one that is immediately upon us now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. And if you have any questions for me, I will be more than happy to help.
Again… Thanks all, Dave