Good evening! Had a blast at chat night, did you too? Pretty cool to not feel quite so alone, I think. I don't know too much about surgeries of the spine.... But it would be nice if she or anyone else could help with pain control in that area. I feel awfull when I hear someone has had to get brave and go through rounds of spinal injections.. just to not have them work Take every ounce of tuffness my lil 120lb body has to get my injections done. *huggs* But! Hopefully good news on the horizon Sell the house, check out doctor, pack you baggs and go to a spa retreat *kidding*
PALady You are right it is the health, and the pain. Some days I wish I could just stay in bed and curl up and hide from the world and all this stuff would just pass me by and then I would wake up and my world would be back to normal! Have you ever felt like that? But unfortunately that just won't happen and time and events happen whether we want them to or not, and a new and adventurous part of my life is being thrust upon me whether I like it or not and reguardless of my health or whether I am in pain. I have to accept and confront it, and do with it the best I can. It is often not easy! This forum is often my refuge, you should try the chat room PALady, most of the time I just read what everyone else was saying! I could not keep up either! last night was the first time I stayed in there for more than a few minutes. I spent a couple of hours! It was a new experience for me, but I am forcing my self to try new things, whether I like to or not or whether I feel I have the energy or not I have to learn to expand my horizons even if it is something as simple as getting in on the chat room! PALady I know you have health problems and pain, and it does take some energy, I also have that! I type slow and have some difficulty using my hands, but still I try, please come join me in the chat room next week if nothing else we can fumble through it together!
Frances it appears that the majority of my problems with with my left arm is coming from the area where I had my C6/7 disc fusion way back in 85. From what I understand the bone is now encroaching on the nerve root. I am not at all sure what can be done, can they do anything with a nearly 25 year old fusion? I have many other disc problems from a herniated disc at L4/5 and one at T12 just ot mention a few but this cervical area is causing me some major problems, and besides the pain just using my left arm is getting difficult. I don't know if RF nerve ablation would even be an option, my pain doctor does do that though, but he said he wanted a surgeon to look at me first before he would do anything further about it. So after that happens I will know more about my options! I will ask him about,if it worked well for you then, it might be worth, me at least checking into it! I do Thank -You for your support!
skeye Thanks for the kind words! I hope you are doing OK I worry about you!
Chart I am coping these down! Thanks! Do I have to memorize then too?
PALady I also hate the paper work portion of everything, it is a pain and is usually the most difficult! Often I will force myself to tackle the the hardest part of things first to get them out of the way! I know that you need to get through this stage before you can enter the next an reshape your life, but try your best to get through it as quickly as you can, because other wise some changes may be forced upon you that you that might other wise not have chosen. I hope that makes since, but often one thing is dependent upon another, and if not not done the out come of other things can be affected. So as unpleasant and draining as it is, try and get your paperwork done, and your applications in, you will not only be better off for it, but then you will not have to worry about how it affects the other things, and you will be able to move on to the other stages of your life!! I so often wish that I could be of more help and assistants to you, please know that I am here, and will give you any support and help that I can!
anice Thank-You for thinking of me and all the support you give me! You really should try coming to the chat room, it is fast action and I have a very hard time keeping up, but it is fun! and it is live action, when you ask a question, you don't wait for an answer! I think you would enjoy it!
Hi White Beard,
Will try again for about the 5th time to see how this post does. It started spreading out across the screen so I deleted it many times already.
It will be interesting to see how the appt goes with the neuro. I am half way betting on a surgery being an option. A redo of the fusion maybe a partial if that is possible. I say this based on the findings of the MRI and your symptoms, seen it done before with success. Sometimes when they get in there they find more than what showed up on the MRI, they can go in and clean things up. Alot of wear and tear on a fusion as old as yours to say the least.
I know Frances talked about the RF and she has been so fortunate to have done very well with it. I had both neck & back done. The neck was really good, but not the lumbar. And these are temporary and pretty much just putting a bandade on the problem. I don't know on that one.
I sure hope the home sells soon for your sake. But, its also not a sellers market with the economy being in the toilet. But we can always hope thats still free. I have been looking around in the area I live in and see so many homes for sale and many that have been walked off and left empty and its disturbing. My son built in an area thats 3-4 yrs old and I am seeing alot of the same over there and its just plain scarey. I have a lady across the street intending on putting her house on the market next month. Her husband is in Iraq and will be home in Oct. but his job is in Kansas. She is thinking she is going to sell in a week or two-little does she know. She should have sold two years ago when he took the job in Kansas, the market was much better. I asked her if she had watched the news or read the paper, we have more empty homes foreclosed on ever, we have set a record not to mention builders going under. My next door neighbor's husband just got a good offer for work in Tenn. and they are going to lease their home out for one year and then will look at how the market is going and make a decision. We are close to having our pad paid for thank goodness.
Take care and will be hoping for a good outcome with the dr.
PA: Harrington rods are used alot for people including young people with severe scoliosis, they can make their spines straight. I have not seen those rods used for regular back surgery since the 70's. Know of a 16 yr old girl that had the rods put in-she had a wicked severe curve I forget what the degree of it was-she was so proud after surgery and her pain level was nearly diminished.