Hi! I am going in to have another MRI done on my neck this afternoon. My last MRI was in Dec.2009. It showed (quick version) DDD, bulging discs, bone spurs, complete reversal of the curviture, and some tumors (I know what these are so nervous but not suprised, they are benign but grow on nerves which complicates things) there was other stuff to but you get the jist:) Anyway, my Pm doctor says it is time... He wants me to have the MRI and then he is going to refer me to another Neurosurgeon.
I have been hesitant about doing anything with my neck mostly just pain meds and muscle relaxers. Which I don't take as often as I should so he gets after me:) I am to the point both my arms and hands are achy and have that feeling like when they fall asleep and are waking up and you get that achy yucky feelin... ya like that almost all the time especially when I sit for very long. My upper back muscles and between my shoulder blades are in constant pain and my neck hurts all the time. Ugghhh I am so sick of this. My last go around with a neurosurgeon was a complete nightmare. that is why it took so long for me to do this again.
I have some pretty severe problems with my neck and the surgeons here are afraid to work on me so they blow me off. If anyone is interested I could tell you my story but too long for this post.
First time my doc at the spine clinic saw me he couldn't beleive how bad my neck was. i am 40 yrs old and he says i have the neck of an 80-90 yr old... I asked him what the chances were of needing surgery. He said it was 100%. Not if just when.... really afraid things have progressed to this point... they really wanted me to have surgey 4 years ago but I got tired of being tossed around and gave up...
I guess I am just hoping for some support. I don't have a great support system here at home because no one can relate to the constant pain I am in. They think I should just get over it. Roll their eyes and sigh:(