Thank You all for your support! Yes I do very much like this surgeon, he has got excellent credentials, and he was very,....... how should I say this...... "human" ...... "personable" ...... not a bit arrogant or rude or anything like that! Very thorough and factual, he addmitted that this would only fix this problem with my arm, and I am a very difficult and complex case because of all the other neurological issues that are going on! And doing this disc fusion would not have any affect on those other issues. He of course gave me all the odds for everything that could happen. Without doing this, my condition would do nothing but get worse! As this is the same disc that I seen a different neurosurgeon about several years ago, at that time I was told it was not bad enough to warrant surgery, but at that time I did not have problems with my left arm either! But since that time I have had more problems develop and of course the test results have changed, the EMG that I had a few months ago are abnormal, and the MRI and all that, have showed deterioration of that disc. I think the thing that scares me the most, is that with out having the surgery, and only treating the pain, the potential risk for that disc to really rupture bad and fragment and then possibly doing catastrophic and permanent damage to my spinal cord, is a very real possibility. On my first herniated disc at C6/7 even the surgeons said it was only by ???? the Grace of God or some divine power watching over me, what ever you want to call it ???? that kept me from being a quadriplegic because there was no medical or scientific reason that with the damage I had that I was not a quad! So yes that is one thing that I am deathly afraid of, to let it go, and not have the surgery! The cervical disc are just to high up on the spinal cord, and the potential damage they can cause, is just to great! With what I have been through before and knowing what I do, really my options are very limited, like he said the Epidurals and other pain treatment options will not fix the problem! Personally for myself I just can't take that risk of not having the surgery!
Yes I will have to do some scrambling to get arrangements to help me. I will not even consider having my wife ( possibly my ex by then, we go back to court the 24 th if she accepts our last proposal, then the divorce will be finalized on that date) I do have some friends that might be able to help me, I am also going to talk to my youngest Daughter, she is a nurse, she might be able to come home for at least a few days or a week to help me! I am sure I will be able to work something out!
PALady you are always thinking ahead and looking out for me! Thank-You so much!
Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV