Nerve healing after cervical disc fusion surgery.
Can anybody who had a cervical disc fusion surgery share his or her experience about post-surgery nerves healing ?
I had had a bulging disc and bone spur at C5/C6 level for over 4 years. My spinal cord and nerves in that area were compressed. I had chronic pain of my upper back and also under my left scapula, at the lower rib cage, in my chest and in my left arm (including a numbness and tingling radiating to my hand).
2 weeks ago I had C5 and C vertebrae fused. The surgery went well and I lost very little blood. So, far the wound is healing well without any problems. I follow all precautionary advise from my doctor, I constantly wear a collar and take it easy.
However I still have the pre-surgery pain when I do not take pain killers. And this pain is more intense and it is constant.
I know that my nerves need some time to heal and my muscles to strenthen. But I am afraid that this may never happen.
I need to learn from other patients who were in similar situation what my chances to fully recover are.