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Spinal Cord Disorders board


Hi,

Thank you for commenting on my post.

Midge, before the surgery, when I asked the doctor if my symptoms would go away, the doctor’s response was that if there was damage to the nerve, the symptoms would stay with me and maybe diminish over time. The symptoms involving my right arm and shoulder are lessening, while the symptoms involving my left arm and shoulder seem more frequent but to a lesser degree. So, it is a mixed bag really but I am hopeful.

BDW2, I am sorry to hear about your voice. My voice was bad for the first 5 days or so. On day 3 it was so bad that when friends called me on the phone
they would ask me if they could speak with me, not recognizing me. To me, my voice sounded like I had inhaled Helium. Later, my friends told me that
my voice sounded like an electronic voice. I think it is back to normal but I still feel like my throat feels tired from speaking, every once in a while. In time your voice will come back too.

Tone, I think I am lucky that I do not have sleeping problems, at least not to your extent. After the surgery, maybe due to Vicodin I took every night before bed, I slept without a problem. I think I was so out it (and scared to move too much) that I slept in one position all night, on my back. Later, I had the courage to sleep on my side (non-incision side of course). I stopped taking pain pills gradually after about 10 days after the operation. I also stopped taking Valium as well for spasms. I am not sure if I ever got spasms, anyway. I get these twitching either on my shoulder, upper arm or lower arm/wrist/pinky. These twitching are less frequent and less intense since the surgery. The twitching does wake me up sometimes. Lately, as I get better, I find that I am moving around in my sleep. Each time I move with more vigor than usual, I wake up. I sometimes catch myself trying to sneak into face down position and wake up.

I have one of those cervical pillows (bought it from a Sharper Image store in CA), the kind that forms into your shape. I had bought it before deciding to have the surgery as way of grasping at straws. Since the surgery, I rotated the pillow 180 degrees and have been using the skinnier side to sleep on. If you cannot sleep, I suggest reading maybe even a boring book. It usually does the trick for me. If you have hard time keeping a book up to read like me, this is what you can do: Get a cookbook holder, which is made of one piece of clear plastic material (acrylic?). You open up the page you want, slide the book in, lie on your side, propping the book holder on its side next to you and read away. I bought mine from Barnes and Noble bookstore.

>> What does the neurosurgeon say you will and won't be able to do when you are all fused?
I have not asked him that question yet. Yesterday I saw him for the first time since I left the hospital after the surgery (it’s been 5 weeks now). I asked him what can I do for exercise and he said I can walk as much as I want to and I can also use a stationary bike as long as I stay upright. He also said I could lift and move things that are less than 25lbs as long as I do not lift them overhead.


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V-Neck
ADCF C4-7 with titanium plate, using donor bone
3/27/03