Neck Pain sufferers..... ACDF surgery help/advice

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Draka
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   Posted 8/7/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello again everyone,

A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.... I my first consultation with a very reputable highly recommended neurosurgeon yesterday..... I feel like shouting with joy.... he said he thinks a ACDF (anterior cervical Distectomy and fusion) will relieve a lot of my pain (not all of it but a lot) I'll take anything I can get even if small... but hoping for big, big relief.....

First thing the Dr said as he entered the room was.... "you're too young to be here" he put up the new set of MRI I just got a few weeks ago.... looked at them a while without saying anything.... then he turned to me and my husband and said.... "not going to sugarcoat it... you have a really crummy looking neck"

You don't know how happy and relieved I was to hear that.... I know it sounds strange but for so long I was told nothing was wrong with me and to just take aspirin.

Most of my problems are due to genetics he told me.....

I am being sent back to my current PM Dr with a request for a EMG test..... can anyone let me know what to expect.... I did look it up and for the most part got it was a painful test.

After I get the EMG I will begin to set up my date for surgery.... I am so scared and nervous but so excited to possibly be relieved of some of my pain.... I had nightmares last night.... I had a dream I woke up during surgery.... I have NEVER ever had a stay overnight in the hospital..... as I am 110% healthy other than my neck pain...

Here is my history from my MRI report....

Slight reversal of the normal cervical curvature. Ther eis a 2mm antherolisthesis of C3 with respect to C4, a 2mm retrolisthesis of C5 with respect to C6 and a 2mm retrolisthesis of C6 with respect to C7
Degenerative changes present at multiple levels as follows:

C2-C3 osteophytes medial to the right intervertebral foramen and involving the right uncovertebral joint with minimal to moderate foraminal narrowing.

C3-C4 herniation fo the disc medial to the right intervertebral foramen and encroaching uponthe medial aspect fo teh foramen measuring approx. 2.5mm in the AP diameter. There is marked compression of the right nerve root sleeve. There are osteophytes involving the right uncoverterbral joint with moderate to foraminal stenosis. There is minimal anterolisthesis of C3 with respect to C4

C4-C5 herniation of the disc in the midline measuring approx. 2.5mm in the AP diameter woth minimal flattening to the ventral aspect of the cord. There are osteophytes involving the right uncovertebral joint with moderate foraminal narrowing

C5-C6 posterocentral herniation of the disc measuring approx. 3mm in the AP diameter with flattening of the ventral aspect of the cord. There are osteophytes involving the right uncovertebral joint woth moderate foraminal narrowing. There is minimal retrolistesis of C5 with respect to C6

C6-C7 minimal retrolisthesis of C6 with respect to C7. There is minimal diffuse bulging fo the annulus measuring approx. 2mm in the AP diameter. There are osteophytes involving the uncovertebral joint bilaterally with minimal bilateral foraminal narrowing.

I am taking 2-3 Skelaxin + 15mg of oxycodone 3X per day... not much pain relief at all.....

I would love to hear from those of you that went through this surgery..... any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Also... a very special, special thanks to Gretchen.... you have a great big heart and I so appreciated you reaching out to me when I really needed it

Lisa


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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope you don't mind, but OUCHY, after I read your report...
so please take all the soft hugz I have and sure hope they can
give you a little comfort...I've not had surgery yet, so can't help in
that area, but others should come along...
Hope these hugz help!
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   Posted 8/7/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka,
I'm glad you at least got your pain validated by the surgeon! Sometimes that in itself is a huge relief - to know there's something causing it.

I've had a lumbar fusion (two level) but it didn't help any. I was given an 80-90% chance of relieving my symptoms. Guess I wasn't one of the lucky ones. But that doesn't mean people don't have successful surgeries. It's just that I would urge you to get a second opinion - always a good idea before any major surgery that's not an emergency.

But there are many here who have had cervical fusions so I'll leave it to them to share their thoughts on that surgery. And anterior vs. posterior methods.

Good luck!

PaLady

Draka
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   Posted 8/7/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the responses Chartreux and PAlady.... much appreciated!

Yes... for sure will get a second opinion...... I am very happy with this surgeon though... I know of someone he turned down for surgery.... he's a good one!

Again thanks for the support!
Lisa


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   Posted 8/7/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Lisa,
I forgot your question about the EMG. Well, I've had a few in my day (LOL) for lumbar spine nerves, and for carpel tunnel diagnosis. It seems (from my experience only) that when my tests were negative, they weren't very painful at all, but in the case of my carpel tunnel, which was severe in one hand and moderate in the other, you could have peeled me off the ceiling!

That being said, it's over with fairly quickly. Sometimes I think we forget how much pain we tolerate on a daily basis, and these tests are very short-lived compared to that! We're tougher than we give ourselves credit for!

PaLady

Draka
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the EMG info PAlady.... I think I am just immune to needle sticks at this point.....

I am sorry both of your lumbar fusions didn't give you results.... that's tough to say the least!

I am wondering if I should try a stronger pain killer and try to deal with my issue for a bit longer.... it's a tough decision ...... I thought I for sure was going to go through with the surgery... but my dream really
scared me last night...... ugh... it's frustrating...

Would or wouldn't you go through with surgery if it meant some pain relief.... that's the question.... please help me....
Lisa


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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Draka
I am sorry about your neck, but am happy for you that you finally got a diagnosis! I have had a C6/7 Laninectomy and disc fusion, anterior approach. I had it done when the anterior approach was a new procedure. March 1985, the graft was taken from my pelvis, I think they use cadaver bone now for the graft. Anyway I have had many EMG's there is two parts, the one they tape an electrode to a part of your arm and then they place another electrode in certain areas and give you a mild shock. and they measure the timing of the electrrical impulse. The other part of it is they stick a very fine in the different muscles of your arm whch is connected to a machine then they have you flex that muscle ( tighten it) and then relax it, and they take the readings. Right now I am having problems with  my left arm and I am suppose to see a neurosurgeon, as the the fusion that I had in 85 is now impinging on the nerve root an causing problems. I have had epidural steroid injections at the c6/7 disc fusion sight but I only get a couple weeks relief. I have a very very small scar at the base of that little indentation one has below the adams apple,  and that is all. I have a slightly bigger scar on the Illiac crest on my hip from where they tool to bone out for the fusion. Anyway Pete just had your type surgery not to long ago, I am sure he will be chiming in and giving all the information you would want! I think he had his done in Miami.
I do wish you luck Draka and am glad to see your post!
 
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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lisa,

I had ACDF in May of 2000!  I had 3 discs rupture 2 at the same time and the 3rd while waiting for surgery,  from a repetative motion injury!  I had no choice but to have surgery as I had lost feeling in both arms and the spinal cord was damaged from the ruptures.  They used cadaver bone and the scar healed beautifully!

Initially the severe pain from the ruptures did resolve right after surgery, anything was better then what I suffered while waiting for the diagnosis.  It took 11 mos for me to be able to return to work full time!  I continued to work the same job, simply because I loved what I did and none of the Dr.'s told me not too!  I did acupuncture, prolotherapy and many other alternative methods in an effort to continue working.  After 3 years and another spinal injury I gave up and applied to SSD, I was approved the 1st try.   From the final injury I began having numbness in the left buttock from there it moved down both legs and is permanent.  I do have disc bulges, stenosis and bridging in the LS-spine but the Dr's say not enough to be causing the numbness.  2 Neurosurgeons have told me that the spinal cord injury from the ruptures are the likely cause but they can't be 100% sure.

I did what I had to do!  Unfortunately, I was in a bad situation and had no choice....my life definitely has not been pleasant since the surgery!

Please get a 2nd opinion and I wish you good luck with a POSITIVE outcome!  A friend of mine had 4 level fusion in December and is doing great!!

XXOO
Patti

 

 


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   Posted 8/11/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Lisa
, sorry I missed your post! Unfortunately, when I have time to read the posts and reply, I usually go to the friends I know first and time has been limmited lately! Yes, I did have my fusion surgery at University of Miami Hospital which is part of Jackson Memorial & U.M. I was living in Palm Bch. Co. at the time so I saw one of their neurosurgeons at their facility at FAU in Boca Raton. I had been to a local orthopedist and wasn't happy w/ him first and had heard about all the great stuff they are doing for spinal cord injuries at U.M. (they are rated #1 in the world for spinal injuries) The surgeon was a young guy (Harvard Grad) who seemed very smart and experianced for his age, around 30 I think and I liked him. Since I had 4 ruptured discs, he origionally was going to do a tripple fusion but for some reason only fused two! I wasn't happy about that but he assured me I'd be OK. Well I'm not OK and I think he made a big mistake only doing one although he will never admit it. I'm still having bad pain although it's different than before the surgery. I had pain and numbness in my left shoulder, chest, arm and was loosing feeling in my left hand. After the surgery, my doc said there was a huge bone spur growing where I had previously broke my neck over 30 years ago and it was squashing a nerve root and causing my problems so he took it off and made a new channel for the nerve. He was right as the pain and numbness on my left side is pretty much gone. Being a workaholic with a real jerk of a boss, I asked the doc to release me after 3 weeks and returned to work only to injure myself the 3rd day back. I missed another week of work from that which got my boss really riled up. I returned to work and made it through a whole week and had an accident falling in a 2' deep unmarked hole in a warehouse floor which hurt so bad I nearly passed out! I had an Xray ordered by my surgeon and he said there was no damage to the fusion and he saw no reason why I couldn't go back to work. I did and was in agony untill I finally left my job on June 6th because I could no longer work the way my a-hole boss wanted me to in all that pain. There were other reasons too, it's a really long story but now I'm living in Citrus Co. an hour north of Tampa and loving it here in the country. My neck has actually gotten worse but my neuro surgeon still says I'll get better and I didn't hurt anything. I saw him this week and he still says it's not the other ruptured disks he didn't fix that are hurting me. I totally disagree w/ him as the pain is now running right down my spine to about the middle of my back, something I didn't have prior to my fall!!!! I now think he's an egomaniac who will not admit he made a mistake! I have aplied for SSD and am worried he will ruin my chances of getting it. Sorry to drag on, it's 3:30 in the AM and I'm awake with a tooth acke and of course neck pain! I know I'm rambling and hope I make sense! Please feel free to ask any questions. I'm going back to bed to try to get a couple hours sleep if I can!
Good luck w/ your procedure, I'm sure it will be a breeze!
Big warm Florida hugs!!!
Your new friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


infinite
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   Posted 8/11/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Draka,
i too have had a fusion in my neck, I believe c4-c6. Mine was done around 11 years ago, and was done through the front, and all I know is 1) There is a titanium plate securing them and 2) I still have a lot of ongoing neck pain (yes, 11 years and counting...), but "everything looks fine". (Don't we all just hate that phrase...)

I certainly hope this works for you and sorry to be a downer in your search for relief. Remember that everyone is different, so your results may be rosier than mine. Maybe lingering pain is just a guy thing like Pete and myself :)

I wish you the best and please let us know how your situation progresses.

N8

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   Posted 8/11/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Draka,

about the nerve test...I had it done one before also. For me it wasn't as painful as it was just uncomfortable. Plus it bugs me when a nerve twitches and I didn't do it...lol The tiny needles they use are so small, much smaller than acupuncture and they don't really hurt. I'm just sensitive to weird muscle stimulation. Don't lose any sleep over it, plus it doesn't last very long anyway.

Hugs,
Chutz
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Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/11/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   

HI lisa, I'm bringing your post back to the top again incase you didn't see my post from last night. In your other post you asked me to look at this one from page #2 which I had missed and to comment on it since you were thinking about surgery and wanted my opinion. I did last night and read it all and wrote you back thinking you would see it today and coment or ask some questions. Maybe you missed it or maybe you didn't like what I had to say??? I appologize as I'm a little cranky again tonight as I've had a head and toothacke for a long time and haven't been able to get much sleep. So if I sound grouchy I don't mean to. I just expected some sort of reply from you today as I noticed you posted elsewhere on the board but not on this one! Sorry to be a crankypuss!

Your brokeneck friend,

Pete   


56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


Draka
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   Posted 8/12/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Pete... Yes... I did see your post and I really wanted to read the whole thread again before I made any comments..... promise I will get to it today...
Lisa


Pete trips again!
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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Lisa, I'm really sorry for what I wrote in the middle of a pain fog last night! I had no right to tell you what to do! I just read what I wrote> I'm a jerk sometimes and I'm sorry! I was in "all about me" mode last night> What a turd I can be sometimes> Forgive me!!!
Your Friend> REALLY!!
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


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   Posted 8/12/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   

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56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 

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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Lisa,
 
I am so glad you are posting here again.  You are a wonderful person and I am sure you will just add a ton of great support, insight, and information. 
 
I am glad you have some answers to your neck/pain problems but sad that they seem quite severe!  I do hope you can get some relief.  Your MRI report is frightening! 
 
Anyway, welcome back.  Kiss those cute doggies for me!  I bet they give hilarious kisses! 
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Draka
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   Posted 8/12/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Pete... no worries promise :) looks like we might have been neighbors at some point as I am currently living in Boca! Your fall at work sounded horrible... sorry for what you have gone through... how hard to have your sons serving our country at this time.. ++++ thoughts for you and your family and hope you get relief for that tooth.... that's the worst!

So a lot of people here have had some sort of neck surgery..... I was 100% for surgery after meeting with the surgeon.... I at this point need some sort of help/relief.... but.... now I am not so sure.....

There are just so many stories of people having surgery and not feeling better.... on the contrary... maybe worse.....

After meeting with my surgeon I went back to my PM Dr and explained what the surgeon told me and that the surgeon only wanted to fuse one part of my neck.... my PM was very confused and told me that he would NOT want to be the surgeon operating on my neck as I have soooo many issues.... he explained that while one thing is being fixed it could cause something else to be "broken"

My PM Dr and the surgeon are going to both talk to each other about my case....

I am so unsure as what to do now..... I understand my condition is only going to get worse with age.....

Anywho.... I do appreciate all the help advice from everyone.... Pete.... again... no worries pinkie promise!!!!!!

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better...... thanks again Gretchen... kisses back to your fuzzy faces....
Lisa


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   Posted 8/12/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lisa!
I didn't want you to get the wrong idea about me from one cranky late night post! You know, I was told the same thing about the fusion causing other problems in my neck, especally having so many ruptured disks and the ones that are not are bulging and closing down w/ stenosis. I think our neck problems are VERY similar! I jumped into the surgery believing that this young gun could really help me and in one way he did! The large bone spur he removed really did alleaviate the problems in my left shoulder and down my arm which is great! I just don't understand why he will not listen to me about the different pain I'm having now down my spine. I get these almost electric tingling sensations running down my spine along w/ the hot pain. He keeps telling me the fusion worked perfectly and has healed w/ the cadaver bone and my pain will go away in time. I keep telling him it has gotten worse since I fell in that dang hole and I think the pain is coming from the other disks but he keeps saying no thats not it! I'm thinking about seeing someone else but I don't want to open that can of worms yet! I couldn't go through another surgery like the last one for a long while, it was hell on earth! I thought I knew what a 10 on the pain scale was having had so many broken bones, surgeries and injuries but I never felt pain like that before!!!! I do think alot of the reason was because I've been on methadone so long and it seems to prevent other narcotic pain killers from working, on me anyway!
I think you are doing the right thing in weighing ALL your options before jumping in like I did. Well I guess thats really not true as other doctors have wanted to do surgeries on both my back (lumbar) and neck for years now and I always told them > not yet> not untill it gets really bad! Maybe had I had it done years ago I would have prevented the mess I'm in but who knows???
Boca hug?? I still have my house in suburban Lk. Worth out by the FLTP off Lantana Rd. which I can't seel in this horrable market w/o loosing a bundle! So I still get down there every couple weeks. I used to work in Boca, but my previous job was in Pompano Bch. My wife works for a group of Dr's based in Boca called National Healing. They travel all over the country teaching healing methods for people who have wounds that just will not heal, mostly diabetics. She is like a Girl Friday for a bunch of them, taking care of all their traveling plans and schedules. She says it's like baby sitting a bunch of teenagers! At least she works from home now and has an office in one of our bedrooms. Thats the only reason I was able to leave work and aply for SSD. Without her company insurance, I would be in deep popo trying to get some w/ my cancer history! OK, sorry to go off again about myself, I tend to do that alot as my good friends and family here will tell you. I constantly get off topic in my posts but I'm a harmless bafoon who does care about others and tries to help in my own way!
OK, my spousal unit is down the street feeding the horses and I need to get dinner going so I'll cut this post off now before I go off on some other story about myself!
Best of luck to you w/ your two doc's, I hope they come to a benifitial treatment for your neck. Like you said, it's just going to get worse the older you get. Oh, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you? You stated, too young to be having all these problems.
Big S.E.Fla. HUGZ coming at you!!
Your new friend,
Pete
56 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg. 3 1/2 years of depression after surgery prior to Hypogonadizm DX, Testosterone Theropy> new 2/6/09> 400mg injections once a month. 56 and so glad to still be here to see my two sons grow up to be fine young men. They are both serving in the US Navy, Joseph is on the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis back in Bremerton, Wa. after 8 mo. deployment! and Pete Jr. is on The Asault Ship USS Bataan "The Jaws of the Fleet" somewhere in the Persian Gulf w/ 2,000 Marines aboard. I am one very proud (what they call me)> Big Pops! 


Draka
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   Posted 8/13/2009 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Pete,

So we were neighbors maybe at one point..... and horses.... love them! Don't mind your stories at all.... gives me a better idea of who you are :)

I am so confused as to what to do next..... my PM Dr. is telling me surgery as he has exhausted all he can do for me....... I am 41 years old.... my only option now is surgery....

So Pete in hindsight would you have surgery on your neck or just try to live with the pain from all you know and how you feel now? I understand that is a tough question but I am interested in hearing what you would do...

I know the surgeon would use an artificial disc in my case...
Lisa


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   Posted 8/13/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Lisa,
You may also want to go to medscape.com and literally pull up some research studies and start learning. I did that before my lumbar fusion. Granted, some of the articles were way over my head, but sometimes you can get an idea of how successful this surgery is in various trials.

Medscape is the lay version of Medline, one of the research tools doctors use to access professional journals. You can also get some medline articles for free, but a lot you have to subscribe to. But everything on Medscape is free, and it's usually a more watered down version of what's in the journals.

It's a tough decision. Learn as much as you can, and then you have to make the decision that seems right to you. None of us has a crystal ball. You will have to live with it. Even though my surgery wasn't successful, I ask myself knowing would I know now would I still have given it a shot? And I usually say "yes" because if I hadn't had the surgery I would always be wondering if it would have helped. It didn't make it all that much worse. But I won't go through surgery after surgery after surgery unless something becomes life threatening.

Hope everyone here can help you as you make your decision.

PaLady
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