Ducked wrote:There’s a particularly unpleasant variant involving electrode needles inserted quite deep in your calf muscles, but fortunately I’ve only had that once, the first time. They apparently lost the data from that session, and denied I’d had the procedure, though I showed them the holes.
I had this done about 10 days before my surgery, while there was still hope of a non-surgical option. Except mine went from the meat of your palm (my, that was pleasant) up to the shoulder. I ended up with a floating disc replacement between C5 and C6. I'd had back problems for the last 26 years on and off, from a car accident that began two decades plus of on and off agony that culminated with a pinched nerve, rendering the right side of my neck, shoulder, arm, hands and fingrs into a hogmash of pain, twitching, numbmess, tingling and other weird symptoms, with a final climax of rapid loss of control in areas I'd rather not mention.
Any attempt at physio just made it a hundred times worse, and the pain was ramping up daily. The people that saw me in the days before I went under the knife can attest to how poorly I was faring. I couldn't drive, turn my head, move my neck. My right shoulder was nearly 5cm higher than my left, and the pain shooting down my arm was nearly overwhelming. Drugs didn't do a damn thing. I had no sleep for two straight weeks as finding a comfortable position was impossible.
The third Neurosurgeon I saw only confirmed what the other two, and my original doctor had told me...This will only continue to get worse, and surgery was the only option. I could fuse, or do the floating disc route. After reading several articles regarding recovering time, maintaining movement, etc...I elected the floater route. It was expensive though, 300k against 70k for the more traditional fused disc.
The morning of my surgery, I was so frozen up that the hole my head was supposed to lie in on the operating table? I couldn't even even lean back that far, or anything even close...So they knocked me out with a pillow under my head and went to business cutting into my throat...
Woke up with a nasty closed throat, a tube hanging out of my neck and my morphine...But by the second day, I was already feeling better, and the first night at home I slept for 11hours straight, something I'd not been able to do for a very, very long time. There is still some residual numbness, and I get sore on occasion, but for the most part I am a new man. It's been three weeks since the surgery, I've been back to work for two, and am well on my way to regaining my strength.
They took this X-ray on Friday...