Hello all, I am new here and have been educating myself by reading all the wonderful information here.
I am 45 years old, married and mother of two boys 10&15. In 2008 one day I noticed that I had consistent pain in my neck and that turning my head became difficult and that lightening bolts would go down my arm to my fingers which were tingly all the time. I was diagnosed with herniated discs at c5-c6 and c6-c7. Went through Chiro, PT, Drug Therapy with cervical epidurals. My symptoms were kept in check until this past December when the block was no longer effective and I quickly went down hill. Another MRI in Feb showed increased herniation at c5 that was now pushing the spinal cord over and the stenosis had also advanced alot. So my pain doc sent me to an Ortho Spine Specialist. I got another opinion from a neurosurgeon. Both came to the same diagnosis. I like the ortho better and he scheduled me for the ACDF yesterday. He gave me a folder with a bunch of hand outs and the last piece of paper said (20 font) go to spine-health.com and you can view videos and meet some wonderful people for support. How about that! So here I am.
Like everyone at my stage I am very nervous, and scared. Unfortunately this is not my first experience having surgery. For awhile there I thought the hospital's new wing was paid for by me AND that they devoted a bed to me with a golden name plate. This is my 1st spine surgery. On Monday I meet with the scheduler who will go into all the fine details of preparing for surgery and recovery. She will cover any additional questions I have. This is already started off with a royal fire drill. My GP did not renew his contract with the medical group that took over the practice last year leaving him with a partner who NEEDS to retire. So I have to start over with a new GP and educate him to all that is me because I will not go see grandpa. So the new GP can give me medical clearance. Good thing my surgeon actually recommended the group I was in the process of researching.
That's my story. I look forward to all the wonderful information and support here.