Hi White Beard,
WOW, I am not surprised at all with the need for further surgery. I was extremely happy to hear the old fusion looks good. That has to be a great relief for you. Yes, I know I would terrified but its like Sandi says they have changed things up so much since you had surgery. I really think this is going to help you a great deal. I am glad that at least you are going in the right direction of having it taken care of now, as the more time goes by with nothing done the more deterioration and potential of irreversible nerve damage. Many people to this day do not realize if they have nerve involvment the longer they wait to have something done the odds of the damage being irreversible is greater. It does sound like you found a very good surgeon and you are obviously comfortable with him. Thats a big part of the battle right there. I know you have a very good PM dr but lets face it, he is not an expert on necks like your neurosurgeon. I am with the neuro on this call, thats why I am not surprised in the recom for surgery after what showed on the MRI. He sounds like a very intelligent dr wanting to make sure everything is status quo before doing the surgery.
I know in my heart you will do very well with this surgery. You are a smart man and understand things when a dr tells you what you can or cannot do after surgery. Remember your recuperation time is strictly on you and I am quite confident you know how to handle that. Did they say if this will be an overnight surgery? Unfortunately they just do not keep people in the hospitals much these days.
Sounds like you will be pretty busy between now and the 28th.
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Rare neurodegenerative /movement disorder called “Multiple System Atrophy”. Mobility issues,, neuropathic pain, spasticity, central apnea, collagenous colitis, joint and body pain, swallowing and respitory involvement, Implants: intrathecal pump & neurostimulator. Extra features: O2 & wheelchair
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I'm sorry to hear you have surgery but it definitely sounds like in your case it is the only answer. I think you will do fine. I was in a similar position when the disks ruptured in the neck, I had already lost feeling in all limbs by the time the diagnosis was made. Initially the numbness went away as did the severe pain! Surgery serves its purpose its later the side effects surface...darn! They warned me that when the spine is fused anywhere, the writing is on the wall for future fusion surgeries as all the disks above and below take the brunt! You have been through so much physically and EMOTIONALLY its now time for you to do what you need to do for YOU!!
You need to do this and we are all here for you and will send lots of love, healing thoughts and of course prayers for a complete recovery of all your symptoms!!
DO NOT LET THEM SHAVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL, FLUFFY WB....lol.....go have it FRENCH BRAIDED LOL (be sure to take a picture for us)!
Well I will wrap my face and beard up in christmas wrapping paper if I have to the keep from shaving it off! As I was really hoping that I could have a Santa Beard by Christmas time, and maybe even play Santa when our church group passes out little packages to the folks in the Nursing Homes at Christmas. I did post a new picture on chutzie web page! Even my counselor said I needed to try and keep my beard. She said " isn't that part of yo your identy?" I told her Yes! That online I was known as "White Beard with a White Beard!"
No stones coming at you from here.....your words about WB's beard show love and concern! I have to agree about hair length and neck pain! I like the bead idea mixed in with the French Braid lol! WB you could use Red and Green beads you could be known as the NEW AGE SANTA and start a new Holiday tradition lol