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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Interesting how one conversation (post) can lead too so many questions (more post)...So can someone explain to me how I am not a good candidate for surgery with a herniated disk at C6 C7 I get extreme pain in my neck and at times it sits on a nerve that runs down my left arm.

The surgeon said it would be a 50/50 success rate, and when asked he would not do it. But if my pain issue was my arm it would be a 90% succes rate and he would go for it!

So does that mean that EVERYONE in the same situation as I would be at the same 50% succes rate? I was make to think this was due to where the issue was at C6 and C7...so there was no need for even a second opinion...So what is the deal??

 

 

 

 


Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/14/2011 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm...I will try to answer from everything I have learned...and others can chime in from their experience and knowledge...

For me, it wasn't about the 'pain' in the neck, arm and extremities that was the issue...it was the loss of motion and use along with numbness that meant that the disc was putting direct pressure and cutting off the nerves and effecting the spinal cord severly to decide to do immediate surgery.
 
A nerve can actually be 'severed' as caused by trauma from serious accident as example..which then would cause permanent paralysis.
Or a nerve can just have 'pressure' on it...from a herniation...but this is where the 'severity' of the herniation comes into play and why it takes skilled Dr.s to diagnose...a nerve can also 'die' after time with that pressure never being relieved...

The reason most Dr.s will say 50/50...is that a surgery a lot of time will 'fix' the mechanical issue...they will take out the disc with a fusion...so the nerve pain subsides or can actually go away....but there is other 'regular' pain...as well as muscle pain that can stay behind....as well as if the surgery is postponed for too long if it's needed...then some permanent nerve damage can occur..(I am blessed to hardly have any nerve pain, but a lot of regular and muscle pain)
 
Along with an MRI, there are also tests called EMG's and Nerve Conduction Studies that help determine exactly what nerves are being effected..


So a surgery like a fusion isn't meant to have a 100% shot at fixing all the pain....sometimes people get very lucky...my mom had a lumbar fusion back in the 80's...and she only started getting some pain again the last few years!!...

But it's a 50/50 shot for all pain to go away...I think if you were feeling only pain in your arm and it was focused on those nerves...then the 90% would be relieved once the pressure is taken away from the bad disc...still pretty optimistic though..

So...that is why a Board Certified Neurosurgeon (they specialize in the cervical fusions...)...does an MRI..to see the situation....as well as should do some in office tests with your reflexes...as well as testing your strength in both arms, hands and fingers...
 
I actually have 30% reduction in strength and feeling in my right hand and fingers from all the years and 3 surgeries...but am certainly blessed not to be paralyzed or anything!...and as I mentioned...my discs were herniated so badly on both levels they recommended surgery with a week from the MRI...

That is why I said it was good that they don't see your issues as being so bad to need surgery right now...that should always be the LAST resort...and even then...having the appropriate expectations when it's done...

So they should be wanting to treat you with non surgical means right now like traction, PT, injections, acupuncture, massage, aqua therapy, along with medicine for both muscle and nerve pain...

And even if surgery is ever mentioned down the road...again...make sure you get a 2nd even 3rd opinion from a Board Certified Neurosurgeon...it should be done when all else fails or it's such a bad herniation that it's needed immediately...
 
This is why you should be pushing the Dr. to be doing everything possible with the ways I mentioned above to be helping you to keep surgery at bay...And sometimes..if your are lucky....a herniation can actually move back in a little with treatment and relieve some of the pain and nerve issues...

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 6/14/2011 6:45:45 PM (GMT-6)


luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
SB...what great info! I totally understand! I guess I am thankful that I was not in your situation, well I know I am glad I am not. I can't stand to hear you have gone through all that. Your very strong!! I have had all the tests that you mentioned and If I recall correctly, I didn't have any type of major nerve damage. I also don't always have that arm pain. Its more intermittent than anything.

My team of Doctors did or does include a Board Certified Neurosurgeon. They are the best in my area!! We didn't even start talking surgery until I was at a pain level of 10+ non-stop 24/7...but then found out the news I did that I was not a good candidate for it. So we are back to changing and trying different meds until my next appt on the 20th...Doc said if no real change we would look into some something...hahaha I can't even remember right now my brain is messed up...I have it written in my don't forget stuff book :)))

But thanks again!! Hugs!!
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

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   Posted 6/14/2011 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
At your next appointment I suggest you flat out ask your doctor what his concerns are in regards to this surgery. While he may give the surgery a 50/50 chance of working there may be something in your MRI or about your specific condition or general health that may increase the odds of complications on the 50% chance it won't help.


I bring this up because I have been told by one surgeon already that I had a 50/50 chance of improvement from having surgery on the L5/S1 disc, but out of that 50% chance of it not helping there was about a 50%-60% chance of it making this worse, and a 25-30% chance overall of ending up with at least partial paralysis due to both finding on my MRI and more importantly my overall health.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had my appt with him, I did ask..his answer was that for, that area I would be going into surgery with that 50/50 % chance that it would be succesful. He this was just based on where it was located. I asked him point blank if he was me would he do it...he said no way. Not with a 50-50 chance. He just said 50% of people will have a good response to the procedure and the other 50% won't. He said it is NOT worth the risk.

Thanks Jim1969
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/14/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you have had some great Dr.s review your MRI, do the necessary tests...and if they aren't saying that surgery is needed now....then I would be thrilled and be thankful for this right now...who's to say down the line...but you can't live with that fear or worry...

So..then Pain Management...using all the modailities I mentioned...from PT to injections, etc...along with your medicine...should be done on a daily/weekly/monthly basis...not just try once and then done as some Dr.s or patients do..

That's what I was saying before...if you know that you and the Dr.s are doing everything possible to prevent further injury...to postpone any future surgery...and to manage your pain levels...then that is the best you can hope for at this time...

Thanks for your sweet words....it's sad to say that I am pretty used to this amount of pain after all these years...but I am so blessed to have such wonderful Dr.s like my Neurosurgeon and PM...so I'm in great hands..literally!...LOL..

I really hope that you can find a good happy medium in the next weeks with working with your Dr. that prescribes the medicine...and figure out what's the best dosing schedule and dosage to get to a 4 or 5 each day...

Hugs back to you (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
SB, really you have done so much for me, I can't thank you enough!! I understand about the pain, and "being" used to it per say, but darn it that just stinks!! And yes, I'm in good hands too. I think I told you that I have done two injections, the first one was great!! pain was like almost all gone for almost 4 months, then out of the blue, the pain was back worse then before. Went for second injection...didn't do a thing...that's when he started taking about surgery...well I shall wait for my next appt on the 20th and go from there...

How have you been feeling? sleeping ok?
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/14/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you and they are on top of everything so I guess it's taking it one day at a time for you...some things work...some things don't...and yes...it does stink!! We don't want no stinkin pain!...LOL

And very sweet of you to ask...yes...I am sleeping pretty well...I was able to get some free samples of Amrix from my Dr. last visit...That is the same ingredient if Flexeril, but a 24 hour pill...So it helps with the muscle pain overnight...since with the regular Flexeril...I don't like to take it anywhere near bedtime since I take a sleep med...So when they have samples...he stocks me up pretty well:)..

We've had some absolutely gorgeous days after horribly hot weather last week at over 100!...For VA that was crazy...so today had the windows open...and got to watch Bachelorette with my mom today...we put it on the dvr...and this is our fun weekly tv show we share....we don't take it too seriously...but it's definitely entertainment:)

Hope you can get some sleep tonight...gentle hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Too funny, I knew I liked you for a reason....that is so my show!!! I had to DVR it as well since my youngest was throwing a fit and I wanted to watch it in peace and quite. I used to take flexeril too..and that is great on the samples!! Gotta love that. We had been really hot here too (Ohio) and now windows are open. I love it! Well, here's hoping to good sleep for both of us!!

Hugs
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Chartreux
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   Posted 6/14/2011 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Luckyflowers, Snowbunny, gave you great advice, surgery is a last resort...
anything near the spine is very tricky surgery, so sure it's bad for them to
say that, cause it sucks having to be told we have to live with our pain.
but maybe another therapy might help for you, don't give up on that yet...
new therapies are coming out all the time, so hang onto that hope...
well wishes for now....
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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/14/2011 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Chart...I'm hanging on, that's about all I am doing these days. Hope all is well with you?
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/15/2011 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lucky and Snowbunny....
 
Don't mean to get off topic here.... but I'm so glad to hear you both watch The Bachelorette tongue My TV shows are my one guilty pleasure and one of the ways that I try to get my mind off not sleeping and off the pain.... I DVR everything and watch them once everyone is in bed.  Yes, I'm a reality TV junkie and won't get in to everything I watch.... but I had to laugh when you guys brought up the Bachelorette.  And - just as a final side note - can she PLEASE get over Bentley smilewinkgrin ?? Come on.....
 
Hope you all are getting some sleep tonight.... I gotta try to do the same.  Talk to you more soon; take good care.
 
--Tina
 
 

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 6/15/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL to all my peeps who watch the Bachelorette!! :)...

Yes Lucky and Mom...I agree it's fun to have some guilty pleasures...as you said...just to have things to take your mind off the pain for a bit...

The funny thing was people online were saying they should do a Bentley drinking game for as many times as she said his name!! LOL...

And also wondering..will it be Bentley or Brad that shows up next week...hmmm...too funny...glad I can have some fun gossip about the show then with you all:)

Hope you all got some sleep last night and have a good day!
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/15/2011 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Mom and SB....It is a "get away" for me...and since I don't go out with my girlfriends anymore, and I kicked my boyfriend to the curb...well me and that TV, we are quite a pair...LOL and please don't even get me started on Bentley!!!!!

I slept ok...how did you all do last night?

Well, I'm heading to work :( so not in the mood but someone has to do it :) hope everyone has a good day!

Hugs
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/15/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Yeah, I heard about the "Bentley" drinking game.... that's funny! 
 
I slept horribly last night - and it's making for a long, long day today.  But on life goes!! 
 
Hope you guys are doing ok today.... --Tina

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/15/2011 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina,
Any reason for not sleeping good last night, or just one of those nights? How did you do today? I'm sure it was a long one. That is what happens to me most days. I can't stand it!!
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

Blessedx8
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   Posted 6/15/2011 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Lucky...
 
I only slept about an hour or two the entire night last night due to a severe headache/migraine, along w/ tons of nausea and dizziness.  As I had to move on to my stronger meds to fight the headache - they cause me to not sleep - which actually makes the headache worse (not sleeping).  It's a darn catch-22! 
 
Don't you hate it, too, when you are so exhausted but can't sleep?  That's how all last night was. 
 
Of course, I had a zillion things today that I couldn't put off - so it's been a yucky day.  Still have a slight headache - but I gotta believe that I'm going to sleep and not have another night like last night.
 
But, first things first, gotta watch my TV shows and try to relax :)  Tonight it's So You Think You Can Dance.  I'm a dork, I know.
 
Wishing you rest and as little pain as possible tonight!  --Tina
Pain Issues: DDD; fibromyalgia; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis
Multiple Health Issues: Disabled due to POTS (heart condition); dysautonomia (dysfunction of the nervous system); hypothyroidism; adrenal insufficiency; chronic hypertension; chronic fatigue; sleep apnea; anemia; Vitamin D deficiency; etc etc
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luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/15/2011 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to laugh, since I watched So You Think You Can Dance already tonight, so I guess your calling me a dork too then LOL..it was good tonight! But back to sleeping, or for us NOT sleeping, yes I hate it!! So before PM Dr. changed up my meds I would fall asleep right away but wake up every hour or so...now I can't fall asleep till like 2 or 3am...but then I am staying asleep. Not sure which is better. I still get up around 6a-7a.

It's all making me such not a nice person. Just ask my poor kids. Speaking of kids...how is the "football" team :))))

I hope and have my fingers crossed that you get some sleep tonight, and I can't stand that lingering headache either...

Hugs
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

White Beard
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   Posted 6/15/2011 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Luckyflowers
Just out of curiosity where in your neck is your pain? and when you do have arm pain where in your arm in is your pain and what arm? I ask this because I have had the C6/7 fusion, back in 1985, my disc was a massive herniation, with free floating fragments in my spinal canal. and the disk was pressing directly into the spinal cord. But all my pain was in my arms, very severe arm pain like when you hit your crazy bone, but was constant 24/7, and I also had some swallowing difficulities. I went close to four months before they finally diagnosed and done emergency surgery on me. I know what I went through during that time, and I would hate to see anybody else develop the problems I did!

I guess, right now the main concern I would have, is what type of job you have? Any heavy lifting or straining of your upper body required in your job? Anything that would cause you any additional strain or pressure on the muscles and disk in your neck. Anything that could possibly make the herniation worse? Has you your doctor put you on any type of work restriction? Suggested any thing to help ease the pressure of the disk on the nerves, ie possibly traction or anythin? I gather you are or have been getting epidural steriod injections, have they helped? Have you had long or short term pain relief from them?

I do understand the the doctors hesitation to do surgery and that is good, but I also have had excellent results with pain relief from having the surgery. I know in 2009 I had developed the familiar arm pain again, mostly in my left arm. My neurologist was against me going to a neurosurgeon, as he did not think surgery would help me. Well my spinal pain management doctor disagreed and sent me to the neurosurgeon and he did another fusion at the one above he fused C5/6 and as soon as I came out of surgery my arm pain was completely gone. This last year I had developed severe upper neck pain and lower back of head pain one surgeon refused to do surgery on me and had me go to physical therapy, and that just made the pain worse, finally late last year I was sent to another surgeon, and he said the problem was the articular joints at C3/4 the left side was actually not recognizable on the MRI and had caused my vertebra to shift, anyway, he said there was only a 50/50 chance it would help my pain. I went ahead with it, the surgery was the roughest thing I had ever had, as they went through the back of my neck and put in pins and rods in my neck to stablize it and fused the articular joint at C3/4 together. It was a very long recovery, but the pain in my upper neck and lowre back of my head is gone! I can now say yes the surgery was worht it, but it was a really rough road getting here to this point.
 
 Your the one that has to live with your pain and your the one who has to make the determination what you feel is best for you. Everyone is different, and thus each case is different! The only thing I would suggest to you is to get a second oppinion, or even a third, what one surgeon might tell you might not be what is best for you! And letting it go might not be the best thing to do, for you. So I would strongly urge you to see another surgeon and maybe even another after that. Back in 1985 I was in the military and I had seen a Army orthopedic surgeon early on when I was first having arm and neck pain, he had told me I was malingering, and there was nothing wrong with me. Had I had the opportunity to see another surgeon right away and got appropriate treatment, I might have avoided allot of pain and permanent damage. Hind site is 20/20 though. Just don't take the word of one surgeon as being Gospel truth!

Good Luck to you!

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Post Edited (White Beard) : 6/15/2011 9:49:42 PM (GMT-6)


luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/16/2011 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
White Beard,

The pain in my neck started on the left back side and then I would have pain in my left arm down to my hand. Then after a while it started in my neck on the right side as well. But the arm pain is not constant like the neck pain is.

As for my job most of it is sitting down at a desk. Some walking. There is no heavy lifting at all. I don't have any work restrictions from my Dr. I have had two injections one was great for 4mos and the 2nd one didn't work at all.

The surgeon was just saying that if my main issue was my arm pain he would suggest the surgery at a 90% succes rate, but only 50/50 for the neck...

I will look into some other options. I thank you very much for your info and I happy to hear of your succes.
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.

White Beard
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   Posted 6/16/2011 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
luckyflowers
 
Just be careful, now that you know you have a herniated disk in your neck, just be a little more cautious about what you do, and don't wait for your body to tell you that your doing to much!  That is alway a concern, and  I just would not want you to damage it any more than what it is! Just a cautionary note from one that has been there and done that! And if you do notice an increase in pain or it becomes more constant, Please with at capital "P"  do not wait long to see your Doctor! 
 
I do wish you well! Good Luck to YOU!
 
White Beard
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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!

luckyflowers
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   Posted 6/16/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
White Beard,

I hear you loud and clear and promise to see the Doc ASAP!

Thanks again!
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.

Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil

Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.
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