I have cervical disc bulge C-5/6, the neuro said there was some spinal cord impingement. wanted an immediate ACDF, he scared me to death and did not tell me anything about the procedure. It is about a year or so since I met with him.
I had the condition for about three years, and two years prior to meeting NS.
Of course now my problems have escalated. I was sent to PM and first cervical epidural was great second just seemed to miss and was very painful No relief Just worsening pain.
The newest and most troubling symptom is: forearm burning sensation both arms from wrist to elbow. Never stops and can drive me near going crazy.
Steroids bring some relief via IV, and lastly morphine stopped the feeling dead in it's tracks.
This past week the burning feeling has moved to right foot and eyes, they burn like an allergy. It is pure hell. Plus my neck hurts so bad and I feel a lump there right at shoulder level.
PM doc uses fluoroscopy, and is same clinic ( spine as my NS whom I have not seen) Doc at ER had CT with contrast done to look for spinal changes and found none, He gave steroids and Valium and pain was gone. I felt great for about 2 days.
I have been to ER 6 times in past 2 months, and they have checked most things. My family doc is aware and does not seem to think there is any emergency.
My question is this.
With all the docs looking and aware, Is it unlikely; there is a serious spinal change going on?
I am frightened since I passed on the ACDF, I was scared of the surgery then and just had recovered from carotid surgery and know I am prone to infection.So I wanted to get a second opinion on the ACDF w fusion.
Did I make a mistake and now my condition is getting worse?
I know you wont be giving medical advice. Im just thinking I really screwed up and should have gotten the ACDF. Now I cant No insurance.
Feels like an undiagnosed nightmare.
Might have to go to ER again for some relief.
Really don't know what to do. In pain and scared.