Pain in the Neck!

For the last 3 years or so I have been dealing with pain and discomfort in my neck area that would eventually lead to a headache. I am not real positive when it started, but at the time I would take a few Advils and be fine. My initial concern was the headaches, they would all start off with a feeling like my neck needed to be popped. If I could not relieve that feeling, then it would eventually lead to a headache. Well, that got to be several times a week at one point. After a few months I asked the doctor about it and we tried some muscle relaxers. That really didn’t help much.

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You Don’t Want to Know

For the most part I kept the fact that I was having surgery again fairly quiet. And for those that did know about it, they may not have known what the surgery was for. I had thought for awhile as to if I should tell people about the surgery. And then if I should tell them what it is for and how to tell them. It is not a common surgery, so most people would probably want an explanation and I didn’t want to explain it.

And being that fact that when I did some research on the surgery, It was hard to find much information about it, except for generic descriptions on most hospital websites. So, I have decided to post my experience so not only my friends and family might know about it, but also so maybe it will help someone else that finds themselves looking for information on this procedure. And mind you, I am not a medical person, just a patient.

As I told a few people who knew about the surgery, I said it was a “guy thing” so read on only if you are prepared to find out the answer. It might cause mental anguish for you guys, fair warned :)

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My First Surgery

Just a bit of an overall update on the surgery I had this past Thursday. I was scheduled to go in at 1:30, but I don’ t think we got into Pre-op until 2:30 or 3. After poking me for the IV and several visits from nurses, doctors, etc. I was wheeled away about 4:45. The next 5 minutes was probably the strangest 5 minutes I have ever experienced. They set me up in the room, had me breathe into a mask for a minute or so and then the anesthesiologist said “we’ll see you in recovery” and I just felt a warming sensation and that was it.

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