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severe neck pain

Cindy22CCindy22 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in New Member Introductions
hello, my name is Cindy. I'll be 40 in July oh my...I have two children..10 and 6.
I have sever neck, shoulder and mid back pains. My legs feel like rubber, double vision, numbness in leg and arms from time to time. A couple weeks ago the pain got worse started to shake, sweat and could not get out of bed. Never thought the pain could feel that bad. Went for my fourth mri and C3-C4, C4-C5 herniated C5-C6 bulged. They are pushung on spinal cord. I got a total of three opinions...all said the same...surgey.


  • Welcome to Spine Health Cindy!!

    Sorry to hear your news. I too am a "neckie" via surgery. I am fused for the C5/6 & C6/7. I am very glad to see when surgery was put on the table you got additional opinions. Keep us posted what you are going to have done, and too if you have pre surgical (and post later) questions, there are bunches of us here eager to help.

    Again, sorry to hear you are going through this. You found the right site for support and answers. Take care. :-)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine Health. Do you have a good support structure at home that will allow you to go forward with surgery and not over task yourself. Of the three surgeons that gave you opinions, have you chosen the one you have the most confidence in?

    It does stink to only be 40 and facing surgery on your neck, however you sound like you are doing the right things and are on track to take care of yourself.

    All the best,

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you suppport and answer what questions we can. you have three opinions all pointing in one direction-surgery!!! please do plenty of homework and get all your ducks in a row. :D good luck as you face your future. :D Jenny :)
  • "C"

    Thank you.

    I have had neck pains since 1999. It wasn't until 2005 that I sought the proper Doctor. Then it was just buldged. From "05" until now my family has made changes to help accomodate me in every way. I do absolutely nothing to aggrevate it..no laundry, no shopping, no carring, no folding and list goes on. We put our house on the market and temp moved in with my mother and father. I have had a bad go of the pain and I am having a hard time accepting that I cannot do anything. Three weeks ago I asked my husband to cancel our Disney trip we had for Christmas. That was when I realized something needs to be done. I have severe anxiety and severe depression because of this and it has practically taken over my life.

    I know surgey is the way to go but I am affraid. Of the three opinions...I chose the last Doctor I saw. He was the most concerned...he took his time with me and his assistant was just as good. The other two doctors were pushy. They wanted me to make the appt. asap. I was not comfortable... prior to the three second opinions...my original doc did not say anything to prep me that surgery was the answer. Just nervous...do not want to jump to surgery...and the third doctor that I picked...he scheduled my mri this past tuesday and he called me friday and stated that it is rare he calls and asks for surgery to be scheduled asap. Then it hit me...three docs...three same opinions...I never read into or researched my pains and or situation...perhaps if I did I would understand and or feel more comfortable with what I need to face.

    I am looking for suggestions, advise, anything.....that is why I joined this site the other day...I appreciate your concerns and help...my family has no idea of the way I feel and or the doctors sence of ergency...they have a hard enough time digesting the fact that "Cindy/Mom/wife" has changed so much...no boating, can't throw the football or baseball, no skiing, no biking, no tickeling or goofing with the kids, can't cook or clean the way I used to, and list goes on. This all is too hard to digest and I have not shared any of this with noone, until now.
  • It is frightening the thought of having surgery on your neck. We all understand here. You have taken a most important step to help alleviate your fears, getting support. I can't think of a better place for that. I had one-level fusion, had some problems post surgery, but now there are days I forget I had it done. So hang in there and again welcome. I encourage you to start talking to your family about your situation, you will need them.

    Best to you,

  • I am sorry to hear that you are facing surgery but it sounds like you are doing all of the right things. If 3 different spinal specialists agree that you need surgery then they are probably right.

    Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I've walked in your shoes so I really understand how anxious and nervous you are. My pain began in May of 2008 and after trying only PT, my surgeon told me I needed to take care of my cervical problems right away, that anything else would be just a bandaid. So I had surgery on Oct. 21, 2008, a 3-lvl ACDF w/hardware.

    I'm sorry that you've been in pain for so long, but glad you're finally taking care of it. With this surgery, it's quite possible that you'll be able to throw the ball with your kids again, having tickle fights and lead a pretty normal life after recovery.

    Just be forewarned, though - spine surgery is major surgery and you'll need to follow your doctor's orders during your recovery. It also take some time to recover, so try not to get impatient. I think that boredom is one of the biggest problems during recovery because we feel like we can do things that we shouldn't do and if you give in, then it can set you back.

    Take care, Cindy, and feel free to PM me if you have any questions or want to vent. I understand how you feel.

  • Hello everyone! I hope all is well.

    My neck surgery is scheduled for December 22 at Sewickley. They will perform a surgery called Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion with plating due to severe spinal cord compression and herniated discs. They will remove two discs from the front of my neck and fuse cadaver parts and add a plate with screws for support. I am scared but finally ready to get it over with.

    I am looking forward to throwing the football with my son and playing hide go seek with Ms. Maddy again. And most importantly....be Cindy again.

    I would like to thank everyone who has commented on my concerns and situation. You all are very kind!

    God Bless!

    Any suggestions, tips, thoughts or jokes? I LOVE JOKES!!
    What is the difference between a golf ball and an Escalade? Tiger can drive a golf ball 300 yards.

    I will have my lap top with me during recovery(lifeline)
  • :H
    Hi Cathy. I've been there! I had severe pain in my left arm, numb hand, twitchy upper arm and serious, serious neck pain since 2006. At my first MRI, the neuro asked me when I had fractured my neck. I must've looked loony to him because I said "well, never". He put me on a load of psychiatric meds who's additional benefit helped with nerve pain...which they didn't.

    Fast forward 2 years and my primary doc sent me for pain management. I'd long since left the neurologist since he was a scary kinda guy. AFter looking at my MRI he said and I quote, "if you ever get whiplash again you might be paralyzed". Gee, great confidence giver there! I too cancelled vacations, stayed home too often when my husband went away. Its miserable. Finally, earlier this year...after 2 bouts of PT and 6 or 7 months of pain management (pills, triggerpoint injections and one horrid experience with epidural) I saw an ortho surgeon. From the beginning he wanted to avoid surgery, saying that as I was "only" 41 (loved him for that), he wanted to be conservative. Hmmmm...3 months later I'm practically crawling and begging him to do the surgery as I said "like yesterday".

    So almost 6 weeks ago I had ACDF at 2 levels. It was a good choice. My thought process was I'd rather have pain in the short term that I'll have in recovery than live in the pain that took me to the doctor in the first place.

    being that your surgery is on the 22nd and your kids are young...you could have a special "pre-Christmas" celebration with them. Kids love all sorts of out of the ordinary celebrations.

    Please keep us posted through your process. If have found that this forum has been a source of great help. And some laughs too!
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