I have 3 herniated discs in my neck (C5-C7) that are pressing in the cord causing me a lot of issues and have been for more than a year now. I have tried everything from injections to acupuncture and everything in between to relieve the extremity pain, headaches and other issues that they have been causing for over a year now and nothing has helped, I have literally tried every procedure my pain clinic offers and the only result I experienced is that the treatments I have tried has not worked or have made the pain and symptoms from the herniated discs worse. I am petrified of having any kind of surgery especially surgery that involves the neck and spinal cord but I am finally at my wits end with all the pain and problems the discs are causing. I am now at the point that I actually want to have the surgery to have the problem discs removed and my neck fused. I know exactly what is involved in the surgery and all the risks that come with it, I am at the point now where I am in so much daily pain that I could care less about the risks and even if they told me possibility that the surgery would work was only 25% I am willing to take the risks just to have that 25% chance that this living hell being caused by my neck will be over since literally everything I have tried to help so far has either not worked or made things much much worse. I just want the discs removed so I can begin the road to recovery. I saw a neurosurgeon in the past year to see what could be done and despite saying "if the herniated discs were removed from my neck that there is a 98% chance all the pain and problems I am experiencing would be resolved" she refused to operate on me because she said that "someone my age should not have that surgery under pretty much any circumstances, and that I can just manage the severe constant pain with daily Motrin and narcotic medication for breakthrough pain." that was almost 11 months ago and since then I have joined a pain clinic where nothing they have done has helped in any way and the pain and symptoms have got much worse. Per the request of my pain specialist(head of the center for pain management) I now have an appointment with a new neurosurgeon but from the same office as the one who refused to help me last time to see what he says about having the effected discs removed. I am in so much constant pain and nothing I have done has helped, even my pain doctor that is at the same hospital as the neurosurgeon I am seeing said having them taken out is my best option at this point since nothing has worked but since he isn't the neurosurgeon he can't tell them to perform the surgery he can only give his suggestions. If the new neurosurgeon says the same thing that the last one I saw said that even though there is a good chance it will fix my problem he does not want to remove the discs and he wants me to go back to the route of injections or other treatments that did not work and only made things worse can I tell him that I want to have the discs removed no matter what and have the surgery? I am at the point that I am prescribed 1 100mg MS Contin pill every 12 hours to treat the constant pain and headaches and 1- 1 1/2 8mg Dilaudid pill every 4 hours to help with the breakthrough pain and even the combination of the medications are not even coming close to helping to ease it much at all. the only thing the medication is doing for me is making me so messed up that I don't feel like crying from the pain constantly and not actually taking it away so I can actually go about my normal daily routine. with all that said I now added wanting to be able to stop taking the pointless pain medication to the list of why I want to have surgery. I know that neurosurgeons do not like to perform such a life changing surgery like a multilevel cervical spine fusion on someone my age (I am only 29) but nothing I have done to try to help has given me even one ounce of help and relief. I have finally reached the point that I can't deal with the pain and loss of strength in my arms and hands and all the other symptoms and issues this is causing anymore and I actually want to have major surgery so I can finally have no more pain, One would think that when a patient reaches this point that the surgeon would honor their request to try to fix the problem since all else has failed. I just want this issue fixed once and for all so I can move on with my life and get back to work as soon as medically possible.
sorry for such a rant I am just so fed up and have no clue what to do anymore. Thank you to everyone for your time and help with my issue!!!