Yes, he is doing the fusion with the discectomy. He said that normally he sends patients home that same afternoon, but I requested to be kept at least overnight, because we live over an hour away, and I would just feel better about it if I stayed at least one night. Part of my pre-op is a Thorasic spine MRI so he can look at that, because he is a little baffled at the whole legs not working thing. He said it is very likely that it is my neck, but he is puzzled that I don't have more problems with my upper extremities. He wants to see if there is something in the Thorasic that they missed before. He said the osteoporosis is due to not taking hormone replacement therapy after my hysterectomy at 27, but both of my grandmothers and one aunt has had breast cancer, and mastectomies. If I am remembering right, hormone replacement increases your chance of breast cancer, and I don't need any more of a chance than I already have. It is one of those catch 22's! Osteoporosis or increased chance of breast cancer (after I have already had uterine and ovarian cancer!) What to do???
New MRI's show I have 3 GOOD vertabrae. The rest are bulging, compressed, protruding or in one of the three spinal stenosis' in my back. One stenosis in my neck and two in my lower back. Fibromyalgia, cfs, degenerative bone disease, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, HORRIBLE memory problems, panic attacks, depression, and muscle cramps that don't stop.
Meds: Oxycontin 60mg 2x day, Effexor xr 300mg 1xday, Robaxian 3xday, Valium 10mg 4xday, Lortab 10mg 4xday, Phenergan PRN, Folic Acid, B12 and B6