Spinal Issues - Massive Pain and nerve damage

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Hi, I have posted on here about my husbands issues with his spine, he has terrible pain from failed back surgery in 09 on L4/5.  However, just been told today he does have a pinched nerve in his neck and they are going to operate.  Has anyone had this op, can you give me idea of time in hospital and pain level and also recovery pain and time etc.  Thanks for any help

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    I have had this surgery twice, an have also had 2 discectomys on mr cervical spine. The trapped nerve surgery isn't too bad, I had some pain for a couple of days after surgery but was recovered by the week after. I had 2 weeks off work and had a phased return to work for the following 6 weeks. Your hubby should be fine.


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    Hi Khi,

             I haven't had this op myself, but know several people that have. I hope that the release of the trapped nerve really helps. 

                      Good luck, Sandrog

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    I just had a decompression on my back . I think they are pretty good at fixing this now .With the mri they can see where it's pinched and remove whatever is squeezing it . And the doctor says a lot of the numbness will go away with time ,providing they remove everything that is pincing it . Luckily for us now a days they have very good pain meds .
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    Thanks everyone.  I think this nerve has been pinched for over a year. Has anyone else had a nerve trapped that long as I just hope it doesn't mean the nerve can't recover.
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    Hi khi

    let me share my story, too. 

    I have had L5S1 DDD and Doc said my spine is like old man when I was 23. Now i have been living with this pain for 5 years. Shoulder pain, hip pain and back pain. Same story, pain to walk, pain to sit, pain to carry heavy things, etc. I will skip those same repeated story. Please let me share my experiences I learn over these  5 years for better manage the pain without going to surgery.

    Key is POSTURE at every position. Right Posture will lead to natural shape of spine. 

    CHECK your posture, do you have flat feet? Knocked knee? Round Shoulder? Pelvic Tilt? If yes, i think although u do fushion, it will just add more stress to spine and lead to more damage in future. With or without surgery posture is important.

    Here is a list of things that add positive effect on my DDD problems. I will try to make it short.

    1) Lifestyle

    Sleep, Sit ,Walk, Work - every position, I try to stay in right posture as much as i can. E.g. I slept with tempur mattress, I sit with proper support and G Cushion, I use backjoy slipper, I use monitor stand and adjustable desk.

    Dont ever try to lift heavy things!!! Try to change bit by bit and be patient. Old habit hard to change. 

    2) Chiropractic Treatment and Functional Pattern Exercises

    A GOOD Chiropractor put my spine back into correct position but the muscle are full with scar tissues and trigger points so the spine is pulled back to bad shape although Chiropractor fix me. A good chiropractor will always tell you to exercise along side chiropractic care.  

    What exercise? Rather than traditional Stretching, I would recommend swimming and/or Functional Pattern Exercises

    Functional Pattern Exercises are designed for posture correction, 

    Stage A - Self-Myofiscal Release - using lacrosse ball, theracanes

    Stage B - Static Stretching

    Stage C - Corrective Exercises 

    I am currently training with Naudi Aguila, Human Foundation videos. Try in Youtube for free.

    3) Nutrition

    -Glucosamin is very good for Disc. 

    -Good diet, if you put on weight, it will put more pressure on your spine. If you are overweight, try to reduce weight as much as u can by controlling ur diet. 

    Now I can walk sleep sit with very very very mild pain as long as I dont go beyond this boundary. I ll say i m not totally normal again. But i m 80% healed except i cant carry heavy things and i cant sit or sleep improper posture. Gonna be long journey!!!

    Learn, research, consult experts, experiment, get stronger everyday and dont give up!!! Hope it help a little smile

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