It's been a while since I've been on here, but I know this is one place I can come where people really understand how I'm feeling. I just feel like my body is falling apart and with it I'm just giving up. I was diagnosed with four cervical bulging discs, and now it's effecting my sleep because my left arm is just throbbing, and if it isn't that my arms just go numb. They told me they were bulged three years ago, but on my latest MRI they said that my spinal cord was being compromised. I'm just wondering when do you decide to have surgery, how bad does it have to get. The problem being is my pain management doctor thinks he can fix everything with either drugs or injections, and my surgeon of course thinks he can fix it with surgery. They've actually argued back and forth with each other while I'm in the room, and I'm like, HELLO, I'm in the room. I'm just feeling like the injections aren't working anymore, actually making it worse, if that makes any sense. He wants to put a spinal cord stimulator in but I just feel like that's going to just mask the pain but really isn't going to fix anything. I also found out I have two more herniated disc above the bottom three that are already fused in my lumbar spine. On top of that I fell off my roof and broke my leg, now have had five surgeries on that in the last couple years, and have fallen down my stairs, and just fall for no reason because of nerve damage in my legs. I've now had surgeries on both my shoulders also. Oh and I was, in the last couple months, diagnosed with a heart defect that is going to require surgery to fix, but thankfully they can do it laparoscopicly. Sorry for whining, I'm just feeling sorry for myself. Actually I just wanted to overdose and be done with it, and then my son told us that I was going to have my first grand baby. So I really want to be around for that. It's like I turned 50 this year and I'm giving up, but I can't now with this news of becoming a grandpa. Any info would be greatly appreciated as I try to decide what to do. Thank you very much for listening!
11 back surgeries, fused from L3/S1. Now have four herniated disc in neck from C3/C7. And two new herniated disc in lumbar at L1-2, L2-3. Passed 73 kidney stones, five surgeries on left ankle that now has seven screws in it and is fused. Both shoulders