I have been "lurking" for a few weeks, getting info and answers to the many questions I have regarding my upcoming surgery. I have a disc at C4-5 that is compressing the spinal cord--the MRI said it had a kidney bean shape--not good. Thankfully I don't have cord damage, mainly pain in arms, neck, shoulders and general widespread pain.
Also bulging disc at L3-4 but no nerve involvement, just back, hip, leg pain. I had an ESI two weeks ago for the lower back, don't know if I will be able to have the second one b/c of the surgery.
I take neurontin, tramadol and skelaxin. I was dx with fibro three years ago and have had a terrible time trying to control the pain. The NS said many of my problems could be resulting from the cord compression so I am hopeful for a good outcome from the surgery.
I am 44, a wife, mom of four kids ages 19, 17, 13 and 11. Oldest in college and we homeschool the youngest three kids (although the senior takes community college classes also). My life is too busy for me to feel bad all the time.
I am concerned about post-op...I am NOT good at letting everyone else do everything, but I am determined to heal well. What about the BOREDOM??? I don't sit still well at all.
Looking forward to making new friends who understand what I am going through. Blessings to all!