Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/15/2009 12:01:55 AM (GMT-6)
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
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Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/15/2009 12:28:30 AM (GMT-6)
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Post Edited (Pamela Neckpain) : 3/15/2009 2:31:48 AM (GMT-6)
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I have just been able to read your post about the MRI. I am with everyone else. It is a relief to know why you are having symptoms. I also have had a cervical fusion at C4C5. I was hurt on the job, (federal), and was having headaches and left arm pain and numbness in my hands. The compensation department sent me to a ortho specialist who wanted to give me spinal epidurals and muscle relaxants. But the doc could not tell me why he wanted to give me the cervical epidurals. On my own, which later made my compensation claim null and void, I went to my personal doc. He suggested an MRI which showed a "massive herniation with significant spinal cord compression". Two days later my nuerosurgeon, Dr. Zeiger performed the surgery in Birmingham, AL and I walked away from the hospital two days after the surgery. I was not suppose to be able to walk after the surgery but God and my doc had other plans. The incision is in the front of my neck, at a crease, and I still don't notice it. I was younger, married with two young children, and bills. I was much more stressed while not knowing what was happening to me than when I knew that I might face a wheel chair. I seem to do better when I know what to plan for than when my future is uncertain. Even though I lost my right to claim worker's compensation I believe that haveing the MRI was the best decision. Especially since my nerosurgeon later told me that the spinal cord had so much compression on it that if anyone had slapped me on the back of the neck, or a simple whiplash had happened, that I had risked losing whatevever the compressed nerves controlled.
Best wishes Pamela.