Hi Patchy and welcome to Healing Well. I hate to hear we have a new member, it just seems so unfair with the medical field being what it is this day and yet we have so many people suffering with CP. I am very glad you found us and I do hope you will stay around and hang out with us. Just the fact of knowing that here the people understand what pain is, what pain does to us, most people do not have a clue. No matter what the cause is, what the problem is, we all have one thing in common, pain.
Wow, you really have been put thru the ringer. I do not know much about artifical disc, basically know is being done and there is a place over in Dallas that specializes in artificial disc, I have heard their advertisement. That my friend is the extent of my knowledge. I wish I could tell you more or offer more.
I went the gambit of drugs, w/o much success, the side effects got me or I had full blown reactions. I had so much in different places my PM dr finally said, look, in order to get your pain under control w/orals meds you would be a zombie and thats not what my practice is about. He recommended the pain pump and I had it implanted in June of 05. It was the best thing I could have ever done. The 1st yr was rocky because my meds could not be increased at the normal because of other health issues. But, once he changed the concentration amt of Dilaudid, it did the trick and I started to feel like a human again. Oh, I have my ups and downs like anyone else, it is not a cure all. You still have pain but its more tolerable.
I only know of one person that had their entire back fused and of course it was done the traditional fusion method. Basically the dr made this guys back a broom stick. He lost all range of motion, everything, his back was like a broomstick. The sad part about fusions is it can put so much pressure on the disc above and below that eventually these blow out and the person is in a no win situation.
Just wanted to say hi and welcome. Please let us know what you find out about this surgery. Good luck. Susie