We are all in the same boat...unfortunatley it seems like it's sinking...
Post Lamenectomy Syndrome
120 mg. Methadone daily
60 mg. Oxycodone daily
Lyrica as needed
SO sorry to hear your results! I had 2 ruptured discs in the cervical spine with Spinal cord involvement. I had lost feeling in both arms/hands with numbness in the pubic area. At that point surgery was my only option, the 3rd disc ruptured while waiting for surgery? I did try other alternatives but was told it was too late, as I was one head turn away from paralysis! I did not want to do surgery.....that was 9 years ago, still finding new symptoms from the spinal cord damage that occured from the ruptures and waiting so long before surgery....the side effects from a triple fusion in the neck are many (any fusion) but sometimes the alternative is far worse.
Do you have numbness? When you say big surgery I assume fusion? Did he think PT or Cortisone would fix the spinal cord distortion?
Geez, Pete I am so sorry......you are in my thoughts and prayers!!
I'm thinking its time for you to EXIT stage left your job, geez you need to take care of YOU! You only get one spine and believe me, employers don't really care how you are feeling just about getting the job done. Please promise all of us you will get to another Neurosurgeon ASAP! Don't take your last Dr. too personal, when they don't know for sure they can fix someone they get nervous!!
Keep us posted!!
Post Edited (Pete's trips) : 3/1/2009 8:03:20 AM (GMT-7)