My husband has clear stenosis and narrowing between disk area in C5. He had two lumbar surgeries (same area six months apart) after which doctor determined it was failed back syndrome. He has since had a spinal cord stimulator implanted and the back pain is under control. He has rheumatoid arthritis which he takes embrel injections for that is by far under control as well.
Now the doctor today said that he is concerned about how well he would recover and get anything out of the surgery given he has so many other chronic pain issues. What does that have to do with the neck?
If there is clear cut very horrible pain (debilitating) and he is not getting relief from pain meds or injections, what are we to do?
Do the doctors sometimes think that someone has so many problems that they are beyond help or what? I just don't understand. If that is the case, then who do they operate on? Is it only patients with clear-cut injuries that they can help?
Please enlighten us. We are so stressed and confused.
My husband cannot have an MRI due to the stimulator implant but has had a CT scan and is now scheduled by this doctor to have a myelogram next week to see if there is anything different going on. I am wondering what he thinks else there might be. He also indicated that many people have what my husband has with no pain or little pain and manage with it with pain meds and what not.