I tend to be long winded...I'll try to make it short....well, I tried
I'm a 50 yr old woman...just turned 50...not used to the number yet
I was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy and myomalacia. I had been dealing with it since forever I guess and didn't develop severe symptoms until 2010.
To save money I went for chiropractic treatment since I had been laid off from my job. It was really helping until I got into a car accident (rear end collision of course) I was in so much pain I applied for disability and actually got it after 1 year and 4 months (they lost my paperwork so I actually got it after 1 year...grrrr)
I then immediately took advantage of the medicare and got a recommendation to a specialist who was known to be very conservative about surgery. He told me to stop the neck manipulations at once but it was ok to have my back manipulated by the chiropractor. Unfortunately my chiropractor was very offended and I had to discontinue going. Not bashing Chiropractor..he helped alleviate the pain a lot!
Ok well, after PT and 2 MRI's and xrays my very conservative Orthopedic Spinal Doctor told me that I had to have surgery or I would become paralyzed from the neck down eventually. I was told I already had symptoms of paralysis. Scary stuff.
So, since I had finally gotten insurance I decided to go ahead with the surgery. I am sooo happy with my surgeon. He told me the truth about the surgery. It would fix my neck but it may not fix all the pain. He said it was a very hard recovery and to have a ton of help. He told me it would take a very long time for my neck to not be so stiff etc...just honest and straight forward. I'm grateful for that. Having pain or being paralyzed...hmmm the choice was obvious.
Ok well, ridiculously terrified before surgery I was given all kinds of happy drugs before I went in...the anesthesiologist didn't have me count down...they just wheeled me in and he said something like "well, in 3 seconds your going to pass out" omg I laughed and then woke up.
Alright...I guess I should tell you what I had done....
Posterior Laminectomy from C3-C6 with fusion and instrumentation. I have 8 screws and 2 rods. This was done 5 months ago.
Medications: Norco but not as much, Ibuprofen and Clonozapam for anxiety which can cause more pain.
2 MRI's pre op and lots and lots of xrays.
PT prior to surgery and just starting again after getting hurt the first time post op.
Chiropractic treatment for 2 years
The recovery has been up and down...I chose to introduce myself today because of nerve pain....I didn't want to bug my doctor yet again because I'm miserable...I'll get over it but I was wondering - do I ask my question on another part of the forum...I guess I need to read the rules again.
ok, thank you for taking the time to read my long windedness.