This 3rd one is totally unrelated to the first 2. (No hardware failure) This time, he had a donor bank bone ( lower leg fibia, sp?) that was hollowed out and filled with a "powdered bone" substance. Simular to the "Harms Cage" only not a wire mesh. The first part of the surgery was done by a neurologist. He was the guy who went through the nerves, pulled the laranyx to the side etc. in order to expose the spine. Then the other surgeon did the graft and enlarged the screw size from smaller ones that were already there. Hardware now extends from C-2 through C-6 or 7. He's complaining of "no feeling" on the one side of his upper and mid throat when he moves his tongue to that side. Is this numb feeling normal? And if it is, about how long could he expect before he gets some of this feeling back? The rest of the surgical area is very painful. He's freaking out a little bit about the nerves. Has anyone had a similar procedure and nerve issues afterwards?
Hi christine, I missed hearing from you I have absolutlely no answer to your question except that I have had two different surgeries where the skin and the muscle below had a feeling of numbness for about six moths or so.Has he contacted his doctors to see if that feeling is normal and one to be expexcted? The two of you must be saints with all the issues you have and all the pain you have to deal with. All this can wreak havoc on your nerves, but you must be very close to empathize with his pain and he with yours. That in itself must be worth some of this. Hang in there and tell your hubby to get well. ( you can tell him how you thought I was a drag queen) when all my handle means I fall down all the time! Now,keep in mind I moved in with my mom when my dad was so sick he could not even eat, bless his soul he passed away dec. 27 of 2009. So that means I lost my youngest brother in 1999 to suicide, my poor one legged sister to lung cancer in 2000, and now my dad. I could hardly leave here with my little dog "chica" as my mom has fallen in love with her too. I am getting off track, when I fall down here there is always a neighbor on the spot to lend a hand but when I lived twenty minutes from here I remember the last time I tripped on a storm drain. I was quite literally laying on my back when some man drives by and yells " hey lady get out of the road will ya!" Just trying to get a chuckle out of you. I will say my prayers for you both. I am glad you are back! Fall Queen
I am scared of any Dr doing any thing to my body especially my brains and spinal chord. Mylittle sister went through the surgery and she is pretty much with the same pain levels that she had before the operation and she said that there are areas of no feeling. Something to do with the stenosis. Guess it runs in the family. My Myelogram was horrible. Felt the needle go in th the base of my skull. 8 days of agony. Yes I have heard of nerve issues from my sister. Over and over... Please get more Drs.opinions if you can I went and got another recent opiniom and looks to be the same thing wants to fuse c3 to c7 I missed my last apptment with himout of fear... both of you are very brave. I want to hide when I see a needle. Good luck to you and yours Bertram
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