Thank-You for thinking of me! The reason I haven't posted anything about me yet, was because I don't have all the results my PCP yet, he is suppose to call me today and let me know about the Cat Scan they did of my chest. Basicly what I do know is I need surgery again, this time the Doc wants to do a posterior fusion the the articular joints at C-3/4 in my neck, if the bone is not viable then he will also fuse the C-4/5 articular joints with that. I already have C-5-6-7 fused in the front. But the big hitch is, I have been having allot of problems with shortness of breath and fluid retention. They have done all kinds of test on me for that, this last one was a Cat Scan of my chest, because on the chest X-rays they say I have tortuosity of the Thoracic Aorta ( twisted Aorta???) and they think that might possibly be the problem causing my dyspnea and peripheral edema, that is why they did the CT Scan, if itn't then they have to do some more testing or something! Anyway I do not want to go ahead and schedule the surgery on my neck till they get this problem resolved! I have also been having problems with my right hip and I have had all kinds of test done on it, so far the orthopedic surgeon wants to wait on doing surgery on it, because he thinks a great deal of my hip pain is coming from my back, and he is concerned about the lack of reflexes in my legs and feet and the extreme weakness I have in them. He thinks that could be caused by my lower back or possible nerve damage from my spine in my neck? The only thing I really do know is I need to have the surgery done in my neck. The neurosurgeon said it was a relatively easy surgery from his stand point, but by going through the back of the neck, it makes for a very long and difficult recovery for me as a patient, because they have to cut through all that muscle in the back of my neck and they have to fuse both joints on each side of the vertebra, and put brackets on each side to hold it to gether! I would really like to get this done and over with soon, but I just have to get the shortness of breathing taken care of first! It just seems like it is just one thing after another any more! I finally broke down, and hired someone to come in once a week and scrub the kitchen and bathroom floors and thoroughly clean the bathrooms for me. I hate having to have some one do that stuff for me! But you know some of this stuff, I am finding just to difficult to do with my neck and hip the way they are, and now with this shortness of breath thing, which really scares the heck out of me sometimes, so I knew I had to do something! So now I have a cleaning lady come in once week!
I do try and post at least now and then, but I admit I have slowed down a bit!! Oh by the way...... I still haven't sold the house yet either! I was hoping I would not have to spend another winter here in the cold! Ha one can at least dream can't they!
Anyway Chart thanks for the concern! I do hope that you are all doing alright too! May Peace be always with you!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- 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 I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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