Foraminotomy is a surgical procedure performed to enlarge the passageway where a spinal nerve root exits the spinal canal.
Laminotomy is an open surgical procedure whereby a small opening into the spinal lamina is made and access to the spinal canal is created on the backside of the spine.
Microdiscetomy is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord.
You might be wondering why I'm posting this information.
Several years ago I was in a pretty bad auto accident. It caused the herniation of a couple of disks in my neck. As time has passed the vertebrae has grown new bone to make up for the missing disk tissue. As a result the seventh cervical vertebrae is putting quite a bit of pressure on my T1 nerve. This nerve runs along the upper back, goes through the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ends in the two little fingers.
Whenever I look up and turn my head to the right, the nerve pinches. In the same order as above, all of those areas of my body feel like they've been stabbed with an ice pick. Then it all goes pins and needles. Not a good thing. Codeine and Lyrica work pretty well, but I've taken entirely too much of them. Not a bad thing, if you don't mind being in a fuzzy state all the time. As you may or may not know, drugs played a major role in most of my younger days and I liked that "fuzzy state" a bit too much. So I stopped taking the medications a while back. Pain or fuzzy? At this point, I've opted to live with the pain.
Living with the pain doesn't work either. So I'm going through with the surgery mentioned above. It's happening two days from now and when I wake up in the post-op room, I fully expect that the pain will be gone. Depending on how it feels and how quickly I recover, will determine when I show my face here next. I'm hoping it will be just a couple of days.
I'm not worried about the surgery at all and I'm looking forward to the warm and toasty pre-op blanket! Talk to you soon...