My fiance made a great suggestion to come here. I had not heard of it prior.
I had an MRI last week and was told it was urgent that I see a specialist. While I have been in pain for sometime, ever since I was hit by a car (sadly she had no insurance and my insurance dropped me, now I am flat broke - beyond broke actually).
At any rate. I was told by a top notch surgeon that I will need fusion immediately of the C-4 through C-7 with disc removal and bone grafts then a plate. He will do this from the front.
He said it's already compression and deforming my spinal chord and he told my fiance he was surprised I was walking.
I told him I wanted to be able to waterski, snow ski, ride a bike, run and race again.
Then after I recover I will need the same in my lumbar. I am 25 going on 86 and so depressed.
But I want to be out of pain, off drugs and back to life.
What is anyone's take on spinal fusion. Why can't I have disc replacement or regeneration?
What is the recovery time. I have surgery in two weeks. I start school again in six weeks.
Any idea's / information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you