Welcome to my neck pain story.

This is my online journal of the struggle to overcome neck pain which developed into a herniated disc between C5-C6 and ultimately neck surgery.  I have no medical qualifications or expertise.  My intent is to personally track my own journey and in so doing, to share it with others who are at some point in their own neck pain journey.  Perhaps you will learn from my experience, or will be able to add a comment that will in turn help others.

If you are reading this, then you probably already have or know someone close to you who has neck or back pain.  I wish you well.  For me, this has definitely turned into a marathon and not a sprint, which I originally was hoping for.  Good Luck to you.







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Monday, September 29, 2014

6 Year Update

Hard to believe so much time has passed since Dr. Todd Albert of The Rothman Institute performed herniated disc replacement to my C5-C6 back in September 2008.  At that time I had a desk job in marketing and sales slaving over a computer and trying to manage my stress.


My neck continues to do well, but I have learned to watch for signs of neck stress and deal with them accordingly.  After feeling my neck was unstable and tight right before Christmas last year, I committed to an exercise program in January 2014 and this has tremendously helped my neck to feel stronger.


You can also try this exercise program.  It is low impact but quite exerting.  Of course, seek advice from your doctor before trying any new exercise program.


I started with this program twice a week:  

Fitness Blender Barre Workout Video(39 minutes)  http://youtu.be/OC9VbwyEG8U.


Then I added a second video, so I alternate between videos, doing each only once a week.

Fat Burning HIIT Pilates Workout - 35 Minute Pilates and HIIT Cardio Blend  http://youtu.be/G9TSblrp8qQ .


Take it easy; both these programs are harder than they look, or perhaps that's middle age talking.Smile 


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I was laid off in March of last year and now have my own business at http://ElegantEarCuffs.com. When I'm focusing on making my jewelry I sometimes feel my neck tighten.  I have learned to watch for signs of physical stress and respond accordingly. Sometimes a couple of Tylenol, sometimes a little self-massage on my neck, sometimes finding a different task in running my business.


As for Dr. Albert, he left The Rothman Institute in July of this year and is now the Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director and also the Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery at 535 East 70th Street, New York,  NY  10021.  He is also a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Watch an introductory video to Dr. Albert and learn more at www.hss.edu/physicians_albert-todd.asp# .


I believe The Rothman Institute lost a great doctor when Dr. Albert left.  I went for my two year checkup in the summer and was told I'm now on a 4 year checkup schedule.  Apparently, as a past patient of Dr. Albert, he will always see me if needs be.  I guess there would be a question of whether my Pennsylvania insurance would cover services in NYC.  However, I'm hoping and working towards never needing to see Dr. Albert again. To me he is still a hero in the field of neck surgery. A doctor with a more positive disposition and kind spirit you could not find.  All I can say is you New Yorkers are very lucky!

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Here I am 1 year after surgery, in the Fall of 2009.  Happy days; a far cry from my pain one year earlier.  Below you can view a closeup of my scar.



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My scar after neck pain surgery.  Dr. Albert explained to me that access is much simpler going through the front of the neck and eliminates cutting through any muscle which would extend recovery time.  In fact, he told me that it is possible to use a finger and push through the neck to the back of the neck or spine.  Read my Blog entry about how I prevented any ugly scarring on my neck using ReJuveness silicone and scar cream.  It really works!

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