I am a 56 year old female that was Diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease in 2017 with a upper and lower Disc progressively declining, the cervical disc canal has narrowed tremendously, so now I’m considering surgical options . Has anyone else had the surgery and can tell me how much down time was needed, did the Surgery lessen the back pain? And if you were working did you have to stop and transition into disability? If so what resources are available for assistance in medical insurance if you could no longer work
I have not had surgery - yet. I have a herniated T11-12 disc, degenerative disc disease, and thoracic spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal in the thoracic spine). I'm also considering spinal surgery to fix it.
From what I have been told by my neurosurgeon is that any spine surgery requires a 3 to 7 day hospital stay and a 4 to 6-week recovery at home afterwards. During the recovery period, you can't work at all.
I had major back surgery. My recovery time was a strict 6 weeks no lifting no vacumn, Then after staying in pain my doc said take 12 weeks. I was lucky, my husband was home with me for that 12 weeks. Just remember that nerves take 2 years to recover from trauma. The only exercise you should do until 12 weeks is walking. If you follow instructions to the extreme you have better recovery results. I did a blog post on why we have those instructions and one on the perfect recovery room. I try to put humor in my posts, but those two posts seem to have helped several readers. Or so they said in pm's.
Thanks Ambrielle and Zetar, I stay up awake at night in pain alternating from my neck to back and starting a week ago my pain has radiated to my right arm with uncontrollable shaking in my arm, so I guess I’m just frustrated the Neurosurgeon has prescribed more Therapy sessions before doing any surgery, I am afraid I’ll wake one morning and all sensation will be gone
I understand that frustration. 2 years ago my back pain from my conditions was at a 7/10 every night. I asked the neurosurgeon to do surgery and she said that the pain would get better with physiotherapy. So far the only thing that has helped is Celebrex, but I understand it's not a permanent solution. Surgery is truly the only permanent fix.
AmbrielleLyn, you need to find a new neurosurgeon - she should be willing to consider surgery (heck she’s a surgeon after all) and you know you know your body the best, how it reacts, and how much more can and cannot it takes. There is only so much pain we can all take... Btw, I had two back surgeries, and there are another two (lumbar and cervical) in my near future. Both previous ones I had I would have again even though I was given only 50-60% chance of pain relief (back) and 70-80% chance of sciatica pain rediction. Sciatica pain was gone instantly and I could walk and stand again for which I’m so grateful. Back pain is just coming bad two years on like they said it would (they said to get ready for fusion surgery in about 2 year time). Recovery also depends on your prior fitness levels. It took me 12 weeks because I was in pain for so long and have so many other autoimmune diseases but have a friend who have just gone through a fusion surgery and was back at work after 5 weeks because he’s a fitnees fanatic. Listen to your body. Sorry for the long post.
Ambrielle, you have my utmost respect enduring so much, and I hope you get relief real soon, I know I am looking for options. A few months ago I was at an appointment with My pain Management Dr. a lady in the waiting room mentioned a pain pump that is placed under the skin to administer medication as needed, I’m not sure what it’s call have you gave that a try yet? I’m trying to see after 2 months of PT if that’s a option for me, this is my 2nd year of Therapy so that’s why I haven’t asked my Dr yet
I have researched the intrathecal pain pump. At this point, I'm not using high doses of medications to control my pain, so I don't meet the criteria for a pain pump. If it got to the point of needing high doses of medications, I would probably just opt for surgery.