New to the community as a member, and thought I introduce myself.
Im Vic, 39 years old, martied, no kids. Consider myself a "Spiney" since about 5 years back.
Was in a car accident when I was younger and probably got a whiplash that went undiagnosed at the time.
Had neck and shoulder problems since then but nothing serious.
In 2007 I had my first real flare-up, where I new something was "off" and very different from before. Serious pain and stiffness.
Had MRI, X-rays and diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and 2 bulging discs,
C4 - C5 and C5 - C6.
5 years later the diagnosis has now expanded to Radiculopathy left side C5 and C6, as well as Spinal Stenosis, more bone spurs than I started out with. Discs are still bulging.
Im up for ACDF in a month or so, surgery will be booked this Monday!
Been through all the conservative treatment and although some of it controls the pain for a month or two, pain always come back and the arm is getting weaker.
Not psyched about surgery, but my life now is pain, pain narcotics and a lot of time in bed with ice packs.
Thanks for welcoming me, Im glad to be part of such a nice community!
Been lurking here for a while, soaking up all the info - you guys are so nice and there is so much knowledge and support here!
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS