Patient Stories: Rachel


I am a wife and mother of three very active girls, plus I’m employed full time. Our lives are very busy. One day in early January, I woke up with a pain in my neck running into my shoulder. I thought it was a knot and it would go away in a few days, but it didn’t. After two weeks, numbness started running down my right arm and into my thumb. This completely put me in a panic; I thought I was having a stroke. 

After seeing my general doctor, she ordered a CT scan. The results showed I needed to seek additional treatment. This brought me to Dr. Baimeedi’s office at Park Nicollet. His staff was extremely supportive from the first phone call. I will never forget that first visit when I learned I had a bulging disc between my 5th and 6th vertebra. It was pinching a nerve and creating the numbness. Surgery was the only option to relieve the numbness; however, I had options on which type of surgery to choose. 

Everyone was comforting and walked me through my options – traditional bone fusion surgery or the new technology of artificial disc replacement. Artificial disc required a quarter of the recovery time compared to fusion, and was the clear choice for me. Ten months later I still can’t believe how fast I recovered from the surgery. I never had to wear a collar and could turn my head hours after surgery. I was driving in two weeks and back to work in 10 days.

The numbness slowly went away and was completely gone within the first month. My co-workers and friends couldn’t believe how well I could turn my head and get around in such a short period of time. Thank goodness for today’s advancements in medicine and everyone at Park Nicollet Neurosurgery.

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