My name is Tami, I am 48 and have had neck/right shoulder/arm pain for 18 years. Kaiser Permenente Dr.s put me on lots of psych meds...you see it was all in my head. I tried explaining that I was abused, as a child, and adult, and in two car crashes and an accident at work that I never recovered from...
After a year of seeing a Dr. on a new insurance plan I finally got to a surgeon and an MRI. My first neck MRI ever.
I am scheduled for ACDF on June 3 for Cervical Stenosis and Myleopathy. I don't like what I have read.
I live in a chair in my living room. Pain is constant. I stumble around, have constant headaches, can't ride in the car because of pain from road vibration and ruts. My coffee cup feels like it weighs as much as a gallon of milk...and I have read that I only HAD a 30% chance of this going away if it was handled in the first few months!?!?!?!?
I am married, but have no support. When bad stuff happens, I am alone. I am scared and he is currently getting ready to go away with a friend for three days before being gone for a long weekend.
I guess I need someone to say that after all these years of a herniated disc in my spine, it will magically stop hurting after this surgery. I just want to call and cancel and give up.