So, you all know I had surgery last September. I was in agony and miserable before the surgery, and when waking up in the recovery room it was as if a miracle had occurred.
3 months later I started to experience some of the original symptoms that led me to seek out the Neurosurgeon in the first place. I dismissed this return as insignificant, because, well, I was not interested in even thinking about going back to Dr Slice and Dice, awesome though he is.
Within the last month I have regressed to pre-surgery symptoms. Not fun. I had an MRI done, and X-rays, and went this morning to see Dr Slice and Dice.
Apparently it can take up to 18 months post-surgery for me to be “normal” again. The honeymoon period – no pain or symptoms – is common for a lot of patients post-surgery, and the return of some symptoms within 6 months is also common. My spinal cord went through a trauma and it is not realistic to expect everything to bounce back to 100% so soon. Truthfully, I may always have some degree of weakness in my left side. I may not. There is no way to tell.
The Xrays and MRI show that the bone graft and titanium plate are all in the right place doing what they are supposed to be doing. Structurally, my neck is sound. However, I am in tremendous pain 24/7.
Doc has suggested I do physical therapy, massage, go to the gym, and get as active as possible. It won’t cause me harm to work out – something I have been avoiding as I hurt too much. The idea even now of working out when I am in so much pain makes me just whimper.
Ergonomically, I need to fix up my office so that the way I sit at my computer puts as little strain on my neck as possible.
I should probably look around for a better pillow too.
It’s not an easy fix, but thank God I don’t need more surgery. That was my biggest fear.
So, Planning to get back to the gym next week, maybe will swim too, will make an appointment with the local physiotherapy center, and will start to feel better soon. I will. I WILL.