Hi, have been looking at this site for years, don't think I was previously registered. I am 51 yr old female, have had two previous back surgeries, a diskectomey (L4-5) and a 3 level fusion for spondylothesis (L4/5/SI), the last being 5 years ago. It was extremely successfull, can't say I have no pain, but very manageable and I have been able to get on with my life and able to make some significant career and location moves.
Over the past few years, I have had intermittent arm/shoulder pain on the left side, the first time I thought I was having a heart attack and went to the ER. Since then, I have had several flare ups, but they eventually go away. About 2 months ago, it came on again, and is not going away, saw a Chiropractor for the first time 3 weeks ago, he thought its a disc and asked me to go to my doctor and get a MRI (I am about 4 hours from the surgeon who originally operated on me, but I do see him once a year for followup and a nerve tumor in my wrist...thats another story!). Well, had the MRI on Monday, Tuesday my Dr. calls, I have two ruptured discs, C4/5 and T1. Yeesh, the thought of the T1 being the problem, from what I have read, is scary. My pain has been radiating all the way down to my fingers and I have been having spasms as well. I am being scheduled for seeing a Surgeon, we will see. I would prefer to take a conservative approach, but I don't want to cause any additional damage as well (my foot is still partially numb because I put off the first surgery). Its tough, I run a very small local government agency, very small, myself and a part time person, so the thought of being out for any amount of time is scary.
Got to get back to work, but look forward to reading these posts.