Hello , I am new here and looking for support and information.
I have always been a very active person. Before 2000, I was a horse trainer showing on the "A" jumper circuit and riding client horses. I was also managing a large 3-day event training center in a popular Ski town. I thought life was pretty good as I headed up the tram for a day of snowboarding on my day off of work. Toward the end of the day I was hit head on by an out of control skiier, going way too fast in a slow skiing area. I blacked out.
I woke up on my way to the nearest neurosurgeon, 6 hours away.
I wound up needing several neck surgeries, mainly a fusion of C-3,4 & 5. Two months after the fusion I was leading a horse who spooked and reared up, lifting me up with her by my arm holding her lead rope. This caused a new sort of pain and I was sent in for another MRI. This showed that the hardware had moved, potentially damaging nerves. The hardware was then removed. I then lost my job as It looked like it would be a lengthy recovery. My health insurance went with my job.
15 years later and I have been battling chronic pain in my neck, headaches and radiculopathy down my right arm the entire time. Thankfully, My Daughter and I are on Medicaid now. I have done Physical Therapy, Massage, Feldenkreiss, Cortisone Injections into the facet joints, Acupuncture and any other modality that was recommended.
I have recently been referred to a neurosurgeon that I have really come to trust. He ordered an MRI and didn't find anything he felt he could operate on. Just to be sure, he ordered a CT scan and additional X-rays. Sure enough, the CT scan showed uncovertebral hypertrophy and a moderate disc osteophyte complex at C6-7. There is minor calcification within the disc on the right side. There is mile-to-moderate left-sided bony foraminal encroachment at this level and mild right-sided foraminal encroachment. An osteophyte projecting anteriorly from the right superior articular facet of C7 narrows the outlet of the right C6-7 nerve root canal and could potentially produce right C7 radiculopathy. This finding was not readily apparant on the MRI because of the inability to clearly visualize bone.
The Dr. Has decided he will do a Minimaly Invasive Foraminotomy on Thursday, August 13. That is 3 days away. As my only experience with neck surgery was an 8 hour fusion that was a very scary experience and left me with some PTSD, I am experiencing some anxiety. I know this is supposed to be a minor procedure but I suffer from anxiety anyway. Has anyone else had this procedure lately? I'm also not sure that it's going to take away ALL the pain. Luckily, I do like this Dr.
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