Hi Ange,Michael here.havent put my ten bobs worth for a while.to cut avery long story short,afew yrs now,I had an artificial disc replacement done on my neck.had put off for nearly a year but when the specialist told me that the herniated disc was putting a lot of pressure on my spinal cord.I had no option, the surgeon made me very aware that the surgery could stop the situation getting worse but couldn't do anything for the damage already caused.so be prepared to still feel pain and even a chance that the pain could be worse.I got the short straw.I can sorta handle the pain but struggle with the other stuff, burning,spasms.ants crawling on my skin and the unknown and sensations which i can't describe in areas which weren't;t affected before and bit embarrassed to admit depression, don;t know i feel like this, have had some advice from a pain management group and trying to accept that this is the way things are gonna stay is one of the hardest things to accept.
Keep your chin up mate, every body is different and outcomes can be different too
I must’ve got lucky I had an ACDF about two years ago and haven’t looked back prior to surgery I suffered tennis & golfers elbow both sides and had been on anti inflams for four years I got pins and needles in my right arm and went to my doctor thinking I was having a heart attack it was similar to you except I was a wrong move from a wheelchair .
I could have been lucky
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
I have a buldging disc in my neck at c5/c6. Surgery has been recommended.
I’m just wondering what u paid out of pocket, if u had private health cover etc etc as my wife and I don’t have private health cover and are trying to weigh up what to do