Hi all. I believe you can read my list of problems under my name. (I just updated this the other day so not sure if I did it correctly).
Anyway, I sustained two injuries at work one was 08-06 and the other was 11-07. I fell, hit my head front first then flew back and hit the back. Fell very hard to the floor on tailbone then over on rt. shoulder. Was knocked out for a short time. CEO said she filed proper WC paperwork but turned out all she filed was an injury report. Now in the legal system. Just a short explanation of how I was injured.
In March 2008 I had a ACDF C5-6, C6-7. My rt. vocal cord was paralysed during surgery and after that seemed as though neurosurgeon wanted nothing more to do with me. I tried to return to work as my husband is disabled with a bad heart condition. I only lasted two hours for two days. I could barely walk, was falling down and of course could not speak. Although I was a VP for financial inst. and had a sitting position I could not sit for more than a few minutes and could not stand either. My dr.'s would not allow me to return after 29yrs 11 mos and 26 days. I was heartbroken to say the least. I asked the CEO and Bd of Dir. to please continue my ins which would have been a benefit after 30 yrs but they turned me down. This was after they found out a WC claim had been filed. We lost our home and have since had to move from MI to FL. Okay on to the questions I intended to post. After seeing several neurologists both in MI and FL. Having MRI's and EMG's my cervical fusion is considered failed. Yet I had minimum ins. I had to purchase so I could not really get any treatment for the 2 yr period it takes to get on Medicare. We also purchased additional ins but with co-pays and deductibles so far I have been able to have physical, occupational and speech therapy. They all stopped as I was not making enough improvement so ins. co won't cover you unless significant progress is made. My only treatment plan has been pain medication from Neurologist at this point besides all the therapy.
I am so sorry this has turned into such a long post but trying to explain situation.
In the last few weeks I have noticed alot of increased pain below the fusion site level. One of my emg's did show a problem (nerve root damage at C8) My left arm is numb from the neck to fingertips. I have pain, tingling, shock like pain which is always present. The right side of my body is beginning to be very painful with numbness and pain radiating down my rt. arms to fingertips and both hands go complete numb all the time. It seems as though my neck has shrunk down into my shoulders and my whole neck and head seems to extend forward. Lifting my head upward makes it feel very unstable. I told my husband it feels as though my head is going to fall off or that if I still had a collar it would feel more stable. My spine seems to bow at under the surgical area and the pain and muscle spasms are horrendous. I have never had an issue with the thorasic area just cervical and lumbar but it seems as though the pain as extended downward. Has any of this ever happened to anyone after having a cervical fusion? I feel like lifting my head is a chore and prior to these new symptoms I have very little mobility in my neck from the fusion. Now it seems like my neck is down and its hard to lift up. I am really scared that something is wrong and I am so tired of being poked and prodded. Any suggestions or advice would be so greatly appreciated. I know additional MRI's are probably necessary. But I just really need some help from anyone who may have gone through something similar. Hoping it is nothing but you know how we all know our bodies? Well I think that is why I am so scared something just doesn't feel right.