I am a wife and mother of two college age children. We live in the snowbelt in Ohio and Oct and April temperature have also put me into a "fibro flare" from fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, everything gets blamed on fibro so other possible issues are not considered.
After being in pain since Oct 2011, I finally convinced my doctor to order an MRI in Aug 2012 with shows bulging disks pressing on my spinal cord. The pain is the worst in a sitting/desk computer which is what I do at work.
The MRI summary says :
"disc degenerative changes and spinal stenosis at C5-6 and C6-7 with mild bilateral lateral recess stenosis and foraminal stenosis at C6-7 and similar left sided stenosis at C5-6.
I have tried chiro, accupuncture in 2011/2012 and steroid injections in 2012. The steroid injections provided little to no relief, but caused me to have female problems and I ended up with a hysterectomy after multiple fibroids and cysts grew to where I was the size of a woman 5-6 months pregnant after having only TWO steroid injections. Had hyst surgery in Feb and just reached 6 weeks post-op this week.
Cervical fusion surgery has been recommended by both my first and second opinion. With the recent surgery, I have been hoping I could delay cervical fusion into Sept or Oct 2013. Now that I am back to work full-time, sitting at desk working on computer is again driving me crazy. It only takes about an hour before I am in a lot of pain.
Trying to decide which way to go or find a way to delay the surgery til fall. After today, I'm just not sure how much more pain I can tolerate.
Glad I found this forum. Hope to learn a lot from reading the materials in the coming weeks. Thanks