How many days did you stay in the hospital?
How bad was the incision on your neck?
What are some tips for after surgery?
How long should I have someone to be with me afterwords? (I dont want my husband to miss alot of work)
Thanks for your replies in advance.
I was wondering if you have had your surgery or found another option?
I just wondered up on your post and saw that you posted last month. Im sorry that no one got back to you. If you havent had your surgery yet, I will be glad to tell you what to expect, before and after.
There are alot of great discussions on this site that you may find helpful. Some are scary though, but its better to know what you are going to have to deal with and its good to know that youre not alone in it.
When I had mine,, I felt like no one would understand my pain or the way I felt and for months I thought I was going totally nuts, until I found this site. Then I saw where I wasnt the only one experiencing the problems im having,, So Please feel free to ASk questions about any problems or anything that you have concerns with, I will be glad to help in any way.
Peace and Good luck,
I would do it again in a heartbeat!
The only problem my hubby is having is nerve pain...his discs herniated on 2/15, and was in excruciating pain until the surgery on 2/25. almost 9 months later, he's still having pain/razor blades/numbness in his left hand. He just had an EMG, doc said no carpral tunnel, but we won't have the final results until 12/1. Until then, he says it more irritating than painful.
Tips for after surgery - take it easy. Your doc will tell you to do normal activities unless they hurt. If you decide on day 4 to do laundry, just take it slow. I would say having hubby there the first week is a good idea. After the first couple days, if you are doing well, send him back to work. Lots of rest! Lots of liquids! Make sure you have plenty of soft foods (tomato soup, chicken broth, things that will go down easily). If you start to "choke", just breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Sneezing will hurt. Just be prepared for it.
Please post any more questions you might have, and i'll try to remember to check back in here. Would I have the surgery done? You bet. But at least I have experience in what to expect after seeing him go through it!
Best of luck!
It was very scary throwing up knowing I had stitches in my throat. Gave me the meds for nausea didn't work until finally they gave me phenegren and I immediateley quite throwing up after 3-1/2 hrs.It was horrible.I have had anestisia and morphine with previous surgey 1 year ago and never reacted like that.My doctor was very upset with them.Next moening was fine and went home.I don't sleep good because of my throat cannot swallow well and always feel like soemthing stuck there so I continue to swalloa has a reaction. My arms feel better andI think I may be trying to do to much because I feel so good. Hurt mostly at night.Doctor said I only had to wear the brace until Sunday, feels weird without it and scary sleeping, but I did not sleep well because it dug into my collar bones and back of head was real sore. All in all I read up alot on the surgery and I'm being positve after 8 years of suffering I think I will be better.Hope this helps with some questions.I had a highly recommended doctor in the Houston area. Good luck to all! :-D
I will take heed on the breathing part of your note, great information. Woud love to be in touch with others that are going through the same BS. Company fighting hard against WC, short term is bleeding my savings down to almost nothing. Got a big time Chgo attorney that has it 90% ready to go to W.C. Is Mike on STD or WC? Just wondering if he is/was a O/O or company driver.
Subject at yahoo dot com we could keep in touch, especially drivers with this problem. Opened the eyes and ears of alot of people in my life about the pounding and beating we all take out there. I called off work 10 total days in 13 yrs 2 months. Both were 5 days, for gout attacks. Other than that, been a brick house. Even training for the Chicago Marathon this year, morning of the run - couldn't get head off of my pillow. Oh Well!
Take care Mike, hope we can hook up, or stay in touch on this board. Head up!
I would hope that anything on this board would give a person another idea or experience to make an informed decision. Like buying stocks "Past performance is not indicative to future results, and is no promise of your own personal result."
Good luck to all. See you is a few days.
Past performance is not indicative to future results, and is no promise of your own personal result.
When Mike got hurt, his steering wheel had blown, jerking the wheel. There wasn't any immediate pain, but after he laid down in the bunk to try to sleep, he reached for his cell phone, and that's when the pain hit him. He had herniated C5-6 and C6-7...C6-7 was the worst. That's the one that contains the nerves for his left hand/arm...the one we're still having issues with.
Mike is on WC - also have attorney working with us for a possible settlement, at least for the scar, and only time will tell if we'll get a global settlement. It's hard to explain Mike's working conditions....being a truck driver, it may make sense to you....his "employer" considered him a contracted driver, but he ran the boss's truck. THEY withheld the WC, but not the taxes. Illegal as can be in PA, but work is work, ya know?
Hope to see you back on the board real soon!! Your email address didn't come through correct...I can see it's at yahoo...but that's all. If you want to email us, it's my username here at hotmail dot com :-D
And you are very right, you guys take a freaking beating! Especially the guys that aren't O/Os, as you guys have no say so in replacing the seats or anything else, unless it's busted. I can tell you that I don't want Mike driving again, but unless there's a decent global settlement, he'll be back in the driver's seat if he's ever able to go back. If all goes well with your surgery and you don't have as much nerve damage as Mike, I would expect to be out of a truck for 6-7 months.
We just had a follow up appt (monthly) with the physiatrist that he's been seeing - did an EMG in November to rule out carpral tunnel - and this time we had to bring to his attention that when Mike sneezes he gets the same shooting pain, just not quite as bad, down his left arm and hand....almost brings him to tears. The Dr. ordered a CT scan - won't be able to see anything with an MRI now because of the plate - we received a copy of the results, and I'm not happy with what I'm seeing - bone spurs everywhere along with an INCOMPLETE bony fusion....the surgeon told us at 6 months the fusion was complete. He doesn't go back to the doctor until 12/29, but he also has an Independent Medical Exam on the 12th with the doctor that worker's comp hired.
Well, hope you are feeling better! And remember, small bites ;-)
Welcome to this site. we cannot help you with your question without knowing how many disks you are having worked on. As for the breathing through the nose, that did not need to be done by me. I had a 2 level surgery done from the front of the throat and I did not have a breathing problem. I am still out of work and my surgery was on October 30th 2008. Most people are out of work for at least 4 weeks from what I have seen. There are a few who do light work and when they feel good walking they go back to work. My neighbor is one of them, he owns his own real estate business.
I will watch here today to reply as soon as you post. Good luck.
Just wanted to share my experience. I hurt myself lifting weights in january 2008. At first thought it was a pulled / torn muscle but opain was too severe. Spent a year trying cortisone shots (5 in total), physical therapy, chirpractor, ever anti inflammatory / muscle relaxer in existence as well as every narcotic (percocet, vicodin, oxycontin and fentanyl - Be careful). Am now 2 months post op and the pain is not any better. It felt okay right after surgery but has just gotten worse. Anyone have the same experience. I had herniated discs / bond spurs in c5 / c6. I'm tired of all the meds, doctors visits and just want to be a normal 24 year old again
Thanks so much!!
I wanted to let you know you are not alone and if you have any questions that I can answer, I will be glad to.