skrape and ( Screaming Eagle ) too!
I have had two disk fusions now, the one at C6/7 in 1985 was when the found out what was wrong and emerency surgical situation, it fixed most of my pain problems at the time, but I had some permanent damage done. Anyway I have a herniated disk at T12 and no one will touch that disk, along with the T3 and T8 disks that are bad and with bone spurs, the last 6 to 9 months or so I have had problems with my left arm again, very similar to what I felt in 1985, well I had had the epidurals but they just didn't give me long enough relief so my PM sent me to a surgeon, to make a long story short I had severe nerve root impingement at C5-C6 the disk above my previous fusion. I had surgery the 28th of September 5 weeks ago today, anyway he did a ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy with Fusion, they took the disk out, and some of the bone, and bone spurs, and put in donor cadaver bone and a plate with screw to hold it all together! As soon as I woke up I notice that all the pain in ,my left arm was gone! Now the surgeon told me that this surgery would not help my other pain issues, and I would have to remain on pain meds for that, but it would, and it did, take away all my pain issues that I had been having with my left arm! As long as that nerve root was being pressed on, I was gong to have pain! The bone spurs would never go away but just get bigger over time. I am pleased with the result of my surgery, my surgeon told me I was extremely lucky to have went so long as most of the time when you have a disk fusion, the one above or below it will go bad within ten years! I got nearly 25 years out of it! Now if they would only fix the thorasic disk that would really help! I do have a herniated disk at L4/5 and although I don't have sciatic nerve problems I do have a drop foot and some other problems with my legs. The question is whether that is caused by the bad disk or the other neuro problems that I have. Anyway I am not a big fan of having surgery, but with that said, If I had to do it all over again, what I just had done, I would not even think twice about it! I would do it in a heart beat! I have enough problems with pain, it is so nice to have just one thing less to keep me up at night in agony!
Just my prespective about it! Good Luck to both of You!
P.S. I have been on Oxycontin for quite a while now, for me it really was a Godsend! I was taking Vicodin and Vicoprofen before that and it seemed like I was having to take them all the time. When I had to change Doctors, my new Doctor was an Internal medicine doctor, but also and Oncologist, I use to work with before I went on disability, Anyway he said I was having to take to much of the Vicoprofen, so he put me on Oxycontin 20 mg every 12 hours, I was on that for several years and then he upped it to 40 mg every 12 hours, and I had been on that for several years, my PM doctor tried to change it to every 8 hours a couple years ago but It made me feel doopey so at my request he cut it back to every 12 hours again. This past summer he did increase it back to 40 mg every 8 hours as I was noticing that after 8 or 9 hours it was wearing off, this time it is working just fine, no side affects or anything, I still do have to take percocet 5/325 for break through, but I try to avoid taking them if I can! Sitting back in a recliner with a heating pad will often help, but admittedly some times at night if I wake up in pain, I will have to take something for it! I look at these medications as just something to controll my pain, just as I take Metoprolol to control my blood pressure, or the Baclofen to controll my muscle spasms. It is to bad that people abuse them, as it makes it that much harder for the rest of us!!! and we don't need that!!
Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, 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
Post Edited (White Beard) : 11/3/2009 12:23:05 AM (GMT-7)