Well I had my neck surgery. Everything went well. Just have to wait to see if it helped once it heals. I have a 5" scar that goes from the front to around the side of the neck. Didn't expect a scar that long. Oh well if it works who cares. They sent me home with Percoset, Valium and prednisone along with my other meds.
There is a lot of things to do to see what is wrong, but not all work so you have to take it one at a time.
When I started having severe pain in my neck, not only did it take the Dr.s months and months to figure out what was wrong, I finally found the right Dr. for the job. He is a Spinalsurgeon. Only works on Spine. I had x-rays, cat scan, MRI and then last but not least I had 3 spinal tabs where they injected dye up my spine into my neck and that was there final answser. I started of by having shots in my neck, I had facet blocks and I ended up having a total of a little of 50 shots. None of it worked. Neck surgery is dangerous, but that was my last resort. He said do the surgery or suffer with my pain. I've been on medical leave for 5 1/2 months getting myself healthy. I'm not there but I have to return to work on 6/6/11 or lose my job. I had surgery on my knee, my hand and just had surgery on my neck. Just got out of the hospital. They removed 3 of my lower disks then put in a titanium piece of steal and screwed it to the remaining part of the disks they removed. I can't move my head at all. I was told to do absouletly nothing for 2 weeks until I go back to see him. The scar is diagonal on the right side of my neck, and about 1 1/2 - 2 inches long. I leaned overl earlier to pick up something from the floor and now I know why he said do nothing. That gave me iintense pain in my neck. Kind of like straining. Can't swollow but that will get better over the days. He said a full 6 weeks recovery if all goes well.
So after all that get an MRI done. Demand it. Some Dr.'s are pretty lacks about things.
I still have another disk out in my back that needs fixing. I've had 2 surgeries in my lower back also. They removed thos disks in my back in put ray cages.
Sorry I was long winded and hope your feeling better soon. Beautiful BuffaloView Thread