I had an ACDF C5-6 in August, but was told to by 2 other surgeons to have 2 and 3 levels. My spine has something going on with almost every level, starting at C2-S1.
My nature is to make less of things, whenever possible and even ignore things when possible. Months ago I noticed changes with my bladder and mentioned it in passing to the neurologist. I made an apt with the urologist, but when they said they didn't have an apt for 2 months I didn't call the neurologist and tell him, I just waited for the apt, hoping that things would get better. At first I even found myself not telling the urologist exactly what was going on, I was underplaying it for him. He gave me a prescription and samples and told me that he was sure medicine would help me. I realized I didn't explain things properly, then I went more into detail, I actually broke down and started to cry. He then gave me a simple test in the office and I'm going to be having a urodynamics test with contrast in a couple of weeks. He told me that I "don't urinate the right way", and that I probably have "nerve" problem, he said I could try the medicine, but that he didn't think it was going to help, and it could make matters worse. I have had a problem with my bladder since 2001, which is why I had lumbar surgery, after that surgery I had to self catherize myself for 3 months, which was difficult for me. I do know that after that I was "urinating correctly", but have a neurogenic bladder since (can't feel).
I am afraid this is coming from my spine, and that they are going to tell me that I waited to long that surgery won't help the bladder, even though they will want me to have more surgery....every which way I think of this I am in a loose loose situation. This on top of my neck hurting so much right now, is not helping anything. Last week I moved the wrong way and pulled something. Since then I can't turn my head to the right, it is visibly swollen. I applied ice immediately, went for acupuncture, had a trigger point injection by the PM doctor, all of which has not helped, I also have pain in my left arm. From holding my neck the wrong way, I think put a strain on my lower back which is hurting quite a bit too.
The reality of the situation is that it was suggested I have fusion of L2-S1, I have marked cord comrpession of T3-4 all in all I have issues at almost every level of my spine.
Do other people think like this? Do others play out situations in their heads? I'm thinking the worse, do others do this too? I go back to the surgeon on April 22, was suppose to go in March, but never made an apointment, and now I keep thinking he is going to tell me that I am having a problem with fusing or with another disc. I usually don't think the worse, but right now that is all I am doing.