first let me say that the road is a long and winding one for me. like others on here, it seems like it never ends.
As yu know i had my rotary cuff surgery last yr., as a result ended up with RSD, a very ugly disease that attacks the nervous system. it has taken a tole on my body , that will never end. i just had my 6 wk. check up with NS yesterday, from acdf, and he asked me if my surgery was worth it? do i feel better? well i told him that my PM doc, has since increased my percoset 2 -( 3 times daily,) muscle relaxer 3 times a day. zonisimide, my reg. physician has doubled my blood pressure, because of pain, my blood pressure has been up, and double my prozac also. i have memory troble, and concentration because of meds, and pain. the meds help all my ohter issues to a point, but my RSD is always there, swollen in left arm, my PM said 2 wks. ago it had gotten worse. yesterdays appt. with NS , he described me have as having like a stack of pain, (like pancakes), and whenever one is tried to treat, then another one pops up, it is never ending. my lower back is hurting now, when i stand in one spot for so long,have to either lean over, or sit down to get any relief. he said he did not even want to touch my lower back now. my x-rays looked good, and i am fusing, which is good news, condsidering i am a smoker. but all my other issues are covering it up, no one can tell, one from the other. he said maybe i need more time to heal, and would see me back in 6 mths. , i will continue with my PM. in the mean time, i suffer from severe depression, was sent for a mental exam for my SSI, that i applied for back in june 2. i broke down, and bawled like a baby. we will see on that, i am already preparing myself for a denial, bacause nothing else, has went right for me,or my family, i guess why should i expect any different from this. i could not even try to work,if i wanted to, i would get fired the first day. do not let my experience with my ACDF let someone not make the right decision to have surgery. MY NS yesterday told me that i was a RARE
CASE! @) I would appreciate any responses, i feel so alone, and helpless. i know everyone on here has alot to say, and are great people. LEO