Hi Everyone!! I am new at this, but need opinions!
Back in 1997 I was in a terrible car accident, and suffered a hangmans fracture, I fractured C1, C2, and C3. They used bone from my hip to rebuild my neck and fused it with wire. I was only 17 years old. I was in the hospital for 2 months and in a HALO for 6 months. What a damper that put on my senior year of highschool, and boy was it life changing. Since my car accident, I have been in terrible pain, no pain meds have ever helped. I have done physical therapy on and off for the past 11 years, I have tried all sorts of injections in my neck. About 4 years later, I started wondering if my wire was causing me pain. I sought doctor after doctor who ALL continued to tell me that my wire could not cause pain. Then 6 years after my accident, I found out my wire had been broken into several pieces. Still doctors told me it couldn't hurt me. Now I am 28 years old with 3 small children, who don't get a mom who can completely be there, because of the pain. I suffer from intense migraines that start from the neck pain, and find myself on a bad day in bed for the night at 2 pm. Thats aweful!!! Anyways, I finally found a doctor who thinks my wire may be the issue. I am due for surgery next Tuesday. I am terrified! Now I am starting to doubt myself, because the dr said this was high risk surgery, paralysis and death are risks. I can't live like this any longer, I have suffered for 11 years! Please can anyone relate or know if this sounds like the right thing to do! I need your help, I am so scared!