As (actually tearing here...not my normal)I am facing several "surgeries" together for those that understand us spiney...."add ons..." My C6/7 fusion became (to which I was ignored by my surgeon) what is called a "pseudoarthrosis" eg - fusion made into a "false joint". Okay, I can/could deal with that...my bad is that this "pseudo" dude that my surgeon ignored...caused many levels (5-6) to fail in my neck and upper thoracic spine.
Thanks to that, I have to be "revised" C5-7 and due to the instability... they have to add (might add C3/4 when he gets in there)...game plan, C4-T2. Laminectomy for the C4-T1 to free my nerves up (many of which might be calcified). Extending to T2 to lock it all down....
Okay, the "happy" part of me... The imaging, my exam validated what *I* internally knew. I have now quit smoking (a surgeon, and insurance requirement for surgery over 3 levels...yummy) and too honestly, I've in the last year told "me" sorry, you need to quit...
Okay... the meat and mess.... I was a competitive gymnast for 11 years - yes I was an Olympic potential, but due to an accident (couldn't over come...fubar'd), then military, and then I crashed a helicopter - that by all accounts should have done me in (paralyze...loss of career...my body didn't agree "then?") Hence why MOST times I am pretty darn (sniffing again damn it.....) positive with my mess.
Not counting my lumbar issues (forget thoracic - even *I* am NOT interested in surgical there....)my flipping neck is yep... once again in the lead for attention - am I surprised, no not really - but part of me (crying again damn it....almost need to toss) [sorry] am wondering what is going to be the result (final) after [5 levels planed... could go *crying thinking about it* 6 levels?!?!?!] Smoking or not history, "Whats the bloody odds???"
I need to close this post out.... Ron, Tamtam, MetalNeck, Brenda Cannon, "C", Sleepgirl, Alexhurting, Watergirl, Charlottes Web, etc... Thank you soooooo much, as you know (damn....sniffing AGAIN), this is NOT my normal, but the you know what...is kind of hitting...and I am trying to just relay concern...but emotions are kicking in a bit.
Dunno, a part of me (just re-read my post) wants to toss this new thread...but others of you that I hold in great trust and esteem, know I am here (like many) for me, but MORE so for others with their fears and issues.... I suck right now, sorry.. I guess I am just letting more emotion in that I should...*maybe??* Anyhoooooss....thanks for listening ya'll. Big Thank you *HUGZ* if just to read my *sniff*... rant...boohoo? Dankie!!!! Sorry, not my norm... Thanks again for listening to my ....rant.
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.