Like all of you, I have had such a struggle dealing with my spine injuries. All of my problems and I have not had real medical treatment. I just can't find a good doctor. My physical therapist discharged me after 2 sessions because she saw red flags that I might be dealing with cord compression due to my balance and incontinence issues. She called the neurologist, who acted as if she did not care and never contacted me to discuss. The PT called the surgeon who prescribed the therapy, and he did not return her calls. I was abandoned by everyone just when I needed immediate care. I fired that surgeon and went to another who I found had multiple settled malpractice cases. He wanted to do posterior and anterior cervical surgery to fuse two vertibrae, and put spacers in to give me room in my spinal canal where I was born with a very narrow spinal canal and now have very little spinal fluid. I have SEVERE weakness in both arms and legs. I feel that in a few weeks I will be wheelchair bound. Still fighting to get up and go to work everyday since I exhausted all my leave after the accident with a concussion and whiplash. I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday since I have had such bad luck with neurosurgeons. I just want to feel alive again! I am unable to lift my arms longer than a few minutes at a time, and my legs prevent me from standing or walking much at all. There is no question that I need surgery. I just hope that the new surgeon does not think I need both anterior and posterior surgery. That one scares me to death! My first spinal fusion after an MVA was an emergency surgery because I was going paralyzed. Seems this time is no different. I feel my life energy slowly ebb away, and it truly is terrifying. Weaker than a newborn kitten and only 49 yrs. old. This is no way to live. Thanks for reading.
Spinal Fusion 1998 C5/6, post MVA
8 Bulging Disks
2 w/cord compression and pinched nerves
Trying to find good surgeon before I go paralyzed