I have had two disc's fused in my neck. I hurt my neck when I was about 19 working as a nurse in a geriatric hospital. I had the first one when I was about 33 and the second one in Dec 2006 at 49. I lived many years with unrelenting pain that even time released morphine didn't touch. For me personally the surgeries were a godsend. I no longer suffer with that horrible nerve pain.
I still have back pain but that is nothing compared to the herniated disc pain. The pain I experience now is from osteoarthritis which I think is caused by the Crohns.
thank you all for your responses. I am very nervous, tomorrow I find out if I need surgery. The pain continues & with help of neurotin & vicodin goes away for a couple of hours. I got in trouble today, as I requested my pain meds early. The pain was so bad I went to an immediate care last week. The spine doc wanted me to have an epidural steriod inj last week but the consultation isn't until this thurs. I couldn't handle the pain, so I took more of the viodin than I should have. My GI has been presc. it for me since all this started 1 1/2 yrs ago. Took xrays then & nothing showed, so we thought it just was the cD. I told the Othro doc I didn't need any more vicodin cause of my refill I had left. Boy did Walgreens give me problems. The insurance co even called to release early. I had to call the GI & have the quanity changed. The GI & I have a very good relationship, I also, see his wife on a weekly basis for psycotherapy. I think I put him in a bad position, he knows I don't bs when it comes to pain & he is the one who sent me to the ortho. I just didn't want another narcotic presc from a different doc when I already had some. Anyway, the GI did call & get it released but said the ortho doc would have to presc anymore pain meds for me. I understand if hes angry, but, now that we finally found the "nerve" root of the problem, maybe I won't need anymore pills if I have the surgery.
Medicalenigma, my herniated disks are also caused by DDD C5-6. How did your surgery go. And what should I expect? Thanks.