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Hi Deborah,
Thanks for your reply...As I sit with 2 weeks closing in post op I am a little less optimistic about the final results as weakness and numbness throughout my body still persist. I have stopped the Percocet prescribed post surgery and switched to Tylenol to try and get a better feel of what my symptoms actually are. I meet with my NS for the first time after surgery in about 2 weeks and hopefully will have begun feeling better by then. I guess it's a day by day thing. Hope your test goes well.

Regards, Stan



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I had my surgery in September 2003. I am still having problems with my right hand falling asleep when I drive or write or use a shovel when gardening... It is not as bad as before the surgery as my entire hand would go to sleep.. its more like the inside of my ring finger then it spreads to my whole finger, my pinkie, and my middle finger and then eventually to my palm and wrist. Currently my thumb and forefinger do NOT fall asleep where as before surgery they were the first to fall asleep.

My OSS sent me to a hand surgeon to rule out carpal tunnel as a secondary problem. Next week I will undergo a nerve study.. (it sounds horrible) They didn't do one before my surgery because my two discs were so herniated it was obvious I had a major problem.

The hand surgeon said its a bit early for complete nerve recovery but understood that the OSS wanted to rule out that he missed something. so pending the results of my nerve study next week.. I may have:

nerves that have not healed
nerve damage
carpal tunnel requiring surgery (oh joy joy)
Hey cadillacstan,

It is really hard to assess... i am six days post op and until starting to wean a bit of meds re; percocet I thought my hip pain was insignificant, especially next to my throat pain. Then a got breakthrough pain because of the med ingestion change i made in the hip incision and wow.... I could hardly wait to take my pill.

So its pretty hard to evaluate until the meds are at least slightly out of your system. I am on 1 perc every 12 hours with T3 every four and find the percocet needed to be every 8 if i was to not take the tylenol (unless i over did it- which I had been)

But the pre op symptoms seem radically diminished like the l'hermittia - pins and needles and shocks to my body if i laughed, cried or othewise from a c5-6 ruputered sequestered disc with major spinal chord compression. In fact my dr said i would notice a radical difference in those symptoms compared to most as i had the worst spinal chord compression possible.... so...


Try not to get anxious> I am finding some symptoms are gone that were intolerable and now I have new little goodies but lets face it you are not going to get away with nil considering what they have just done to you... just be comparative I think and determine in your mind what was really worse or is worse and so far for me its the hell I lived for three years from the disc floating around vs what they just did to me.

Good luck ... you're a soldier in our brave little army .. Nero
Thanks for the reply, Nero........
I'm feeling a bit more optimistic today, the weather is less gloomy, and I've managed to wean myself off of the Percocet which has resulted in removal of constipating effects......I think the idea of looking at the small gains is most appropriate. This approach was overshadowed by the sheer joy of "surviving" the surgery and attending to the new regimen following the surgery ie. new meds, new restrictions etc. however as most humans, I always want something more which in this case is complete absence of any neurological problems....right now !!!!
I am striving to get back to basics.....take walks as directed to in the hospital and try not to do too much too soon until I meet with the NS and get his OK. My Nurse (wife) returned to work today so that is another adjustment but hopefully one towards normalcy. I was able to drive to the grocery today which is another "achievement".
My discomfort is not real bad on 2 Tylenols every 5-6 hours, numbness remains in hands & legs, no sharp pains......
Quote from nero:
Hey cadillacstan,

It is really hard to assess... i am six days post op and until starting to wean a bit of meds re; percocet I thought my hip pain was insignificant, especially next to my throat pain. Then a got breakthrough pain because of the med ingestion change i made in the hip incision and wow.... I could hardly wait to take my pill.

So its pretty hard to evaluate until the meds are at least slightly out of your system. I am on 1 perc every 12 hours with T3 every four and find the percocet needed to be every 8 if i was to not take the tylenol (unless i over did it- which I had been)

But the pre op symptoms seem radically diminished like the l'hermittia - pins and needles and shocks to my body if i laughed, cried or othewise from a c5-6 ruputered sequestered disc with major spinal chord compression. In fact my dr said i would notice a radical difference in those symptoms compared to most as i had the worst spinal chord compression possible.... so...


Try not to get anxious> I am finding some symptoms are gone that were intolerable and now I have new little goodies but lets face it you are not going to get away with nil considering what they have just done to you... just be comparative I think and determine in your mind what was really worse or is worse and so far for me its the hell I lived for three years from the disc floating around vs what they just did to me.

Good luck ... you're a soldier in our brave little army .. Nero