Hello Johnny! I'm so glad that you came in to join us here on the forum. We really enjoyed having you in the Chat Room last night as well.
Johnny, there will be members here that may have better recommendations than I have for you. First, I wanted to say, don't blow off the surgery too fast, as there is a lot of success for fusions in the neck area. A very knowledgeable member here and a Moderator is White Beard. He just posted a lengthy post on this very subject. WB is a pretty straight forward tell it like it is kinda guy, but he does know his stuff, so we do give him credit for it! I will try to find the post, so that you can read its contents.
I hate to hear it when a person goes the workmen's comp route, because your pretty much at the mercy of the company doctors. I have a buddy that has the same problem as I at work, and he went the workmen's comp route and I went the other way which is on my own. He regrets ever going that way, and they have not done anything for him to this day. He said if he wants help, he will have to take legal action.
Lets hope another member has a better suggestion for you on how to handle this. It sounds like you do definitely need some stronger meds though.
Hang in there my friend, and I will try to find White Beards post on the cervical fusion. If another member can find it, I will appreciate the help.
You know, I just thought of something! Pain meds and your current job will probably not mix too well either. Humm! What do we do now?
I really wish you would visit the surgery offer again. It is your choice though.
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/9/2010 1:11:28 PM (GMT-6)