, 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,
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!