This is my first visit here to intorduce myself. I would also like to wish everyone WELL!
I am a 60 year old/young gal in fairly good shape in spite of some health issues. I quit smoking in 85, have osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis(due to menopause at 33)have well contolled hypertension and after a knee accident still keep quite active and walk as much as I can.
I had an accident in 1990 and fractured my neck. I have done fairly well all these years despite some back pain with bulging discs and some radiculopathy in my right arm in 2007 that lasted all summer and then just disappeared. I have the radiculopathy back now since April 11, 2011 and it is getting me down and am experiencing some weakness in my hands and some weird feelings in my lower legs as well. I have had many epidurals in the past many years that seemed to help but the last four this past two months didn't offer much in the way of relief. I have 4 bone spurs pressing on the nerves.
My MRI that I had in June states: On examination, foraminal closure is positive, reproducing her left radicular symptoms.
An MRI scan of the cervical spine demonstrates spondylosis at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels, with left-sided foraminal stenosis at both levels, corresponding to her left C^- and C7- distribution symptoms.
I have been prescribed prednisone, traction and Norco. I am currently relying on 2 tylenol + 1 full strength asprin a day and an ambien at night followed in the early morning by half to one full Norco. This takes the edge off my pain to make it bearly manageable/bearable.
The neurosurgeon says I am a reasonable candidate for surgical intervention with an anterior cervical discetomy and fusion at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels.
I am wondering what you all might think advisable having been through these types of surgery. I am in a quandry of what to do next. Am I in "good enough" shape for this surgery?
I thank you in advance for any insight you might offer me. Thank you all so much. I hope your days are good ones.