I am scheduled to have cervical artificial disc replacement surgery this Tuesday and want to know if anyone has any advice to give me and updates on their recovery. I am nervous about the lifespan of these devices as their were iasues with the Charite disc. Any advice, info, personal updates would be greatly appreciated.
A little about.me...
I am 34 years old, active mom to a 4 year old abd 2 year old. I started having pain almost a year ago. A few of my symptoms are numbness, shoulder pain, neck pain, weakness in arm and legs particularly left side, and headaches in back of head.
I have tried PT, had several epidural injections and teigger point injections and oral medications (those atw hurting my stomach) and also rest. I havw not been able to work due to the pain as my job is physically taxing working with disabled children and my own chidren are physical me demanding as well as they are so young. I met with 1 surgeon that suggested fusion then received another opionion for ADR since i am not getting releif after all these other medical interventions.
I am extremely scared and dont want to make the wrong decision or end up having to have repeat surgery in a few years or worse end up paralyzed or worse off from or after the surgery.
Please provide some info ao i can make a sound decision in the next few days.