I am a new member. My name is Diane. I am 43 years old, married with 2 kids, ages 7 and 14 (who, might I add are awesome). I am in good health, just recently got into running.
My condition started innocently enough one morning in April 2010 I woke up with a "crink" in my neck. Since then:
1.)6 weeks of PT
3.)referral to PM clinic (a horrible experience - did not review my MRI films -said it wasn't necessary - uncaring with no follow up or referrals):
CESI - no results
Radiofrequency Ablation - no results
Facet Joint injections - no results
4.)Referred myself back to PCP, who then referred me to Nuerologist. Backed up 3 months on consults;
5.)Decided to see an orthopedist. Referred to Spine Surgeon;
Reveiwed MRI "Oh...by the way...you have a herniated disc!" See the PM clinic above who said it wasn't necessary to look at it. LOVE MY SURGEON!!
6.) Scheduled for ACDF on 5/3/11. Pain is rough...sometimes I can't feel parts of my arm and hand...spasm in shoulder, neck...
7.) Quite anxious about surgery, but ready for it.
Medications: 10 mg/Oxycontin 3x per day. 5/500 Vicodin for bbreakthrough; Ibuprofen too. Lorazepam 1 mg. nightly.
"My Blood Type is Be Positive"