I've been lurking for a little bit, but figured it was time to introduce myself- my name is teri..aka uncomfortably numb.
I woke up a year ago with one of those "annoying" cramp/crick like pain in the shoulder blade- you know the ones that hurt like the dickens for a day or so, and then fade? Yeah...hasn't faded. My primary doctor did 6 months of neck adjustments (said my neck was out of alignment) but told me to use Advil for pain (gee thanks doc...I can't bend over to groom my dogs, but I can have Advil "pretend eye rolling smiley was placed here")
So I finally got Dr No Meds For You to refer me to a neurosurgeon, and was sure I'd get the six months plus of PT, etc and in a month or so, I'd be feeling better.
I saw my new neuro doc yesterday (Friday)...he showed me my MRI's...umm...yeah. So now I'm scheduled for Anterior Cervical Fusion on the 29th of this month- or sooner if the out patient OR opens a slot before then. I'm not allowed to take any NSAIDs now, just in case the surgery gets moved up.
The neuro appt today was one big blur..I know I have one large disc that's ruptured which is pushing on the spine and to the left on the c5 and c6 area. My left arm stays numb, achy and shakes..always has a slight tremor. And the random body..jumps? Twitches? Its sort of like the body jerks you can get right as you're falling asleep- except I'm wide awake. I won't go into detail about the "adventure" of putting on mascara with random body jerks..according to my husband, its hilarious LOL
(dear gawd, I'm typing War and Peace..sorry!) And now I'll shaddup. Today (yesterday, its after midnight) has been so...I don't have words for it. Confusing, frightening, frustrating? I just wasn't expecting surgery right off the bat.