Ok. 2 years ago I had C4,C5&C6 fusion. Went well. Recovery was fine. Fused fine. Fast forward 2years and I become symptomatic again. This time the thing that was noticeably different was the immense pain in my left arm in the tricep area. My god, it was at times like I got hit with a baseball bat. The numbness and tingling returned in the left arm and hand and being left handed, sucks. My left index finger itches so bad I have itched the skin right off to a scap.
Went to nuerosurgeons today, and I have a ruptured disk now at C7. Before I went to nuerosurgeons I went to family doc for pain management. They took me out of work and prescribed me a regiment of Percocet and neurontin. With the meds on board symptoms are minimal. When they wear off, I canfo back to,pain, to discomfort, to really nothing. Been on the meds over a week taken multiple times a day.
So back to today. I am no doctor but can see on my MRI where my C7 is ruptured. I agreed to have surgery the 1st week of March. Here is my reasoning. The meds are a short term fix only. They literally drug me up and make me stoned. It's is however not sustainable. I did a few PT appointments, but no one can say with any amount of certainty this is going to fix anything. My fear is if I don't have surgery it's only going to get worse. Granted I could go a day, a week, a month being non symptomatic, but I know it's only a matter of time before it rears its ugly head again.
The pain early last week was unbearable. I use a computer for work, am in graduate school, and also write for my local paper. When symptoms are bad writing stops on a computer or by holding a pen/pencil.
What I am think is with the meds on board my symptoms now are masked. Get the surgery and fix it right and move on. Thoughts?