Hi Everyone----so happy to have found you.
Here's a brief summary of my past that has led me to the here and now (which isn't so terrific). In 1984 I had a car accident and the windshield won-----I fractured C-2 and wore a halo for 2 1/2 months. The next 15 years were manageable. These last (almost) 15 years---not so much. It's only been within the last year that I finally succumbed to pain pills (Nucynta 150). Sure wish I would have done that years ago. The pills are semi-working, but I knew I needed to find a good Dr for the furture, when they quit working.
In April, I had MRI's taken of my C & T Spine. The Dr. says I'm past the point of having injections and surgery is necessary on C6-C7. I'm going to list all that is wrong and will ya'll please give me your thoughts??? If I do have to have surgery, I would rather them open me up ONE time and take care of everything that needs to be fixed, rather than just fix the one and have to go back in later and still be in pain anyway. I know I'm acting goofey, but I know that ya'll know that the pain is unlike any other and I totally understand and identifiy with ya'll who say you can't take it anymore---I'm there. I try to "act" strong and hate that it's affecting my quality of life and am finally to the point where I so want the relief.
C3-C4 Small disc protrusion/osteophyte--Moderate bilater facet arthrosis and mild left foraminal narrowing.
C4-C5 Mild bilateral UV arthrosis...moderate bilateral facet arthrosis.
C5-C6 Moderate right & mild left UV arthrosis. Moderate left facet arthrosis;;;mild right foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7 Moderate circumerential disc bulge & moderate to severe bilateral UV arthrosis & osteophyte formation.
Moderate to severe bilateral foraminal narrowing....mild spinal stenosis is seen.
C7-T1 Moderate left foraminal stenosis lumpy due to left facet arthropathy.
T1-T2 Small disc bulges
T2-T3 " "
T5-T6 " "
T7-T8 Broad-based right paracentral 3 mm disc protrusion partially effacing the right lateral recess & indenting
the right lateral surface of the anterior thecal sac.
T8-T9 Small disc bulge
T9-T10 Small diffuse disc bulge, moderate bilateral facet hypertrophic changes & ligamentum flavum thickening
resuld in mild spinal stenosis (AP dimension of the canal is 9mm).
Sorry it's so lengthy, but I need help in understanding what the he** all this means! The Dr said I just need surgery on C6-C7 and just have arthritis in the rest. Why doesn't it just say that then??? This all looks really scary to me and truthfully, really makes me not look forward to my future. I'm 55 right now with all this and can't even imagine how bad it might be come 70....if I make it that long.
I told myself that come Monday, I'm getting back into Yoga (if I can), riding my bike (if I can), but definitely, changing my attitude. I've been in my "feel sorry for myself" since I got these results back and am tired ot that!!! But I am very terrified and would really appreciate your feedback.
Thanks for listening and I look forward to all your comments----good and bad. I deal better with the truth---even if I don't like what I hear!!