Update : Surgery Done !

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So... Just wanted to update you all as you have given me some great advice and helped me with the decisions I've had to make. 

I had had decompression surgery on 1st March. The procedure went very well although the surgeon told me it was packed very tightly inside so the decision to proceed with surgery was definitely the right one.

I had a very tough recovery, spending the first day in ITU after bring violently sick immediately after coming round from the anaesthetic and for the 24 hrs. I then spent a further 5 days on the close observation ward as they struggled to get my sickness and headaches under control. Finally after 6 days it started to improve and I was moved onto the ward. 

Got to go home after 10 days and finally starting to feel human again..head pains are finally under control although I still have bad days which is only to be expected.

So thanks for all the advice and onwards and upwards from here (hopefully !!)

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    Glad to hear, wishing u a speedy recovery. And remember to take it easy.
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    I'm echoing the previous comment, wishing you a speedy recovery.  Rest is very important, try not to do too much and get a good pillow to sleep on.

     

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    Hi, I was also violently sick to, mine lasted about 5 weeks and dizziness too, I lost my speech and couldn't eat anything that wasn't mushy for 1st wk.. It's been 2yr this August, and I'm working part time now. I still have ruff days. But as the months past it was slow but definitely improved. So I think your doing great. Rest and taking things slowly. I'm on med for the dizziness but don't need it every day. As you say upwards ect... X
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    Hi Htch,

    I am glad you are feeling human again, not only that..you feel that yo have done the right thing.. I hope you get better each day..I am sure you you really pleased with your decision, please keep us update.... I am just waiting so anxious of mine..can't wait..as each day mine getting worse... look after yourself..be patient.....when are you going back seeing the ns/specialist again?

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      I think it will be many months before I can truly say I made the right decision if I'm honest. I was relatively healthy and the reason for my decision for surgery was to have the procedure before serious complications occurred as the surgeon told me the op will not improve symptoms only halt progression and the aim to stop them getting worse. 

      I think they all tell you that so not to get your hopes up. They will not promise an improvement in symptoms. 

      My main hope is that it resolves the valsalva (straining / cough) headaches. 

      But out of course will keep you all updated over the coming months 

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