... surgeries, and went to one of the top 5 clinics for this, mine didn't work. I also went totally blind for 7 days following the surgery. Evidently this is very rare -didn't know how I was or where I was until about the 7th day. Now have more pain than I did pre-surgery. When the surgeon told me about the surgery, he said with all cervical spine surgeries, there is a 50% chance of getting better, and a 50% of staying the same or the pain getting worse. Having had this for 20 yrs and recent severe pain, I opted for surgery. Everyone has to make a decision, and all those people I know with successful neck surgeries... He didn't know why I lost my sight temporarily - just said 'inflammation.' I know this is probably very rare, but just wanted to ask if anyone had lost their vision like I did. - just to add, they went from the back of the neck and used an experimental bone material in place of C-5
Piglet,,First i am so sorry for all you have been through and that the surgery did not work many times at best you are very lucky if much relief.I wish the doctors would be more honest about this..Sadley.neck and back surgerys are not as cracked up to be as they say,,When i was still working i seen and had many customers with this surgery and most were failures..My pharmicist went through it and he did loose sight and could not walk for several years,,Not good he was such a active man.and was bedridden for almost 5 years.I find this is very upsetting most the time they tell you very little about it but good.or what we want to hear..even my leggs were a complete failure.I just hope they can put you on a pain regiment that you can do some stuff and it helps me big time between the TENS UNIT and the pain control medications..Stay positive and i can relate so if you ever need to just talk or spill over im here i friended you so you have someone that knows where you are comming from it helps lots so please don't hesitate to send me a message..if it well help at all..Chuck1957 a caring friend.
They did a fusion correct? What level did they start at to C-5? I'm very sorry your doctor did not give you the option of using your own bone normally taken from hip, it hurts worse but takes to the fusion better. I had a cervical fusion from C3-C7 hardware and all but will have to 're do due to a drunk driver slamming in to me. I wonder if I may have done things different from the very beginning would I be in this position at 33, point is keep your head up and these awful unfair things humble and make us empathetic to others. I hope you feel better Hon.
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