I had ACDFusions for ruptures at C4/5 and C6/7 in April of 2009. Lumbar 4/5 fused in July 2009. Had to have C5/6 done this May 2010. Just had MRI this past Wednesday and C3/4 is now ruptured and the fusion at C6/7 has shifted and both are causing serious pressure on the spinal cord ... and now C7 is also bulging. More surgery scheduled for Dec 15. I have used up all FMLA leave & it will take until Dec 15 to accrue just two weeks to recover from this next surgery. Will have to return to work Jan 3 or risk losing my job.
I have degenerative disc disease ... does this ever stop? I have serious pain 24/7 in my neck - numbness in fingers & along arm. It is all I can do to make it through each day at work. I am almost to the point of tears by 10 a.m. I'm an accountant & have to look down at paperwork & computer all day. I have modified my desk & propped my work up as much as possible. Any ideas on how to get through this ... or what I can expect in the future.