Hi, my name is Sharon. I am 43 years old, married to a wonderful man for the last 22 years and have two teenage children.
I have had problems with my neck and back for over ten years now but only last year had my first MRI. Showed that I had "complex" bone spurs at the c4-c5, c5-c6 levels and ddd at my lumbar spine at L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 levels.
I saw an orthopedic surgeon last July who basically told me that my pain was here to stay and to take physio (again), see a chiropractor, lose weight, don't smoke (never have) and don;t take pain medication (HA!). My chiropractor says based on my MRI results that she can't adjust my spine for fear of doing more damage and she believes that I need surgery.
So, I have a neurosurgeon appointment next Monday (June 20th) to see what he has to say about my predicament. I am making a list of symptoms, when they started, treatments I have gone through and medications I am on. I DO take pain medications, just not anti inflammatory medication because they make me bleed.
Guess that is enough for today. Thanks for listening. Sharon