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Emergency Spinal Surgery

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maggot, 14 Jan 2008.

  1. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    Well, you may have noticed I haven't been around for a week or so. Or maybe not of course!! The reason is that last sunday I was admitted to Frenchay Hospital Neuro-Surgery dept!! Apparantly they thought I had a cord-equina (sp?) and was at risk of being paralysed:ohmy:

    I didn't have one of those though, but had a double spinal nerve block (un-succesful) and some more drugs which also did not work. By monday I could not feel my right foot, shin or hip:sad:

    Anyway, I had surgery on saturday to remove some debris which was protruding from my L4 and L5 discs:wacko:

    I can't do anything for a week, then easy until week 3 when I can do some swimming, eventually back on the bike in 5-6 weeks:sad:

    Has anyone else been through this surgery (para central micro-discectomy) and how did it go long term. I'm pretty bloody down right now, so I need some positive vibes folks:sad:
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    relief to hear it wasn't paralasis maggot, here's to a speedy recovery :biggrin:
     
  3. LLB

    LLB Guest

    Bad luck chap :biggrin:. On the up side, you no doubt thought much worse was in store, so you could consider you got off lightly (did that come out wrong ?)
     
  4. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    I don't know anything about it, but best of luck with your recovery. From what you say it sounds very nasty, but it had the potential to be a lot worse. :wacko:

    (And yes I had noticed you weren't around if that makes you feel any better. :biggrin:)
     
  5. vbc

    vbc Guest

    Location:
    Bristol
    Were you under the knife of Dr Porter? He did my craniotomy after my accident in May. Nothing but good stuff to report about Frenchay from my point of view.

    Let me know how it goes.
     
  6. longers

    longers Veteran

    I'd like to repeat what Barq said. No advice but plenty of best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Are you allowed cheesecake?
     
  7. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Sounds nasty, but on the plus side, it seems that despite some relatively short-term ikkyness, you're going to be fine. And that has got to be a positive Maggot!

    Rest, heal, grow strong with gentle *huggles*
     
  8. catwoman

    catwoman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    North London.
    Get well soon. That must have been really scary. We all have to count our blessings sometimes. Something like that can bring everything into a different perspective. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and enjoy the swimming, it's great! :biggrin:
     
  9. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Location:
    Colne, Lancs
    Yes, get well soon. I am sending you a virtual e-card (by virtual e-card I mean that it is an e-card that virtually exists), and wish you all of the best for a speedy recovery.
    There's tea in t' other room if you want it.
     
  10. col

    col Veteran

    Possitive vibes duly sent,get well soon,must have been a worry.
     
  11. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Maggot, you've climbed a very long and steep hill. Enjoy the view from the top and coast down nice and easy...chapeau and get well soon!
     
  12. Pete

    Pete Guest

    GWS from me too Maggot, hope you get back, not merely to where you were before this crisis, but a whole lot improved from that! Were you in severe pain before the op, or merely numbness? I had a former colleague who went through what sounds like a very similar op. to yours (he had to go private 'cos he couldn't stand it with the pain waiting for an NHS appointment). This was several years ago. I'm not sure if I have his current e-mail but I'll see if I can get in touch, he may have some tips.
     
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine Staff Member

    Location:
    Stevenage
    This sounds like the procedure my dad had about 5 weeks ago. He's been back on the bike since Boxing Day, if not earlier. All the best.
     
  14. Cheddar George

    Cheddar George oober member

    Location:
    Location: Location
    ........ and there i was moaning that my back was stiff after the first proper ride of the year on Saturday !!!
    Hope you're back on the bike sooner instead of later.
     
  15. freakhatz

    freakhatz New Member

    Sorry to hear about your problem and best wishes for your recovery.

    I'm something of a fellow sufferer although without the surgery bit. In October I had a bad fall and fractured 3 neck vertebrae and a back vertebrae between my shoulder blades. Surgery would have done nothing for the neck bones and all they could do on the back one was stick a screw in which was optional! Supported by the surgeons advice, I chose not to have surgery as it would not have got me up any quicker.

    Whilst in hospital for 5 weeks I saw many other patients arrive and go under the knife - it was like a miracle in many cases, the speed with which they recovered from months of pain and disability. I hope your recovery is equally rapid.