ACDF to Relieve Cervical Herniated Disc – Pain in the Neck

cervical herniated disc

If you have ever experienced prolonged neck or back pain, my sincerest sympathies go out to you!  I had a cervical herniated disc – Its something that disturbs every aspect of daily – AND nightly existence.  It’s that nagging pain that keeps you awake at night not able to pay attention to anything that anyone is saying.  Look at that picture above… see how my spinal cord is ever so crooked there in the middle? … that is what you call a “Pain in the Neck!” That little imperfection caused me so much suffering for what seemed like an eternity, me not being me.

It showed its ugly face to me one morning. A day earlier I had enjoyed a full afternoon riding my moto-scooter through the glorious curvy Tuscan roads visiting vineyards and quaint Tuscan hill-towns with friends.  This particular morning I awoke with a slight back and neck ache… not any different from many other mornings; I sleep in weird curled-up positions & wake with random aches and pains.  I took some Advil, tried to walk it off, rubbed some ointment on my back… yet nothing could dull the agony.  The pain would not shut-up. Day after day, slightly worse, horrific, then unbearable.  After a week, I couldn’t feel my hand… numbness radiating into my left arm and hand. Frantically trying to restore my body, I sought out a masseuse to ease the tension in my muscles that were harder than Mount Rushmore.  After an hour of massage and feeling electricity shoot into my arm, I walked out of the massage in a stream of tears.  Massages are enlightening! This was sheer torture.  I knew right then that something was seriously wrong.

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