Afternoon - new to the forums, thank you for all the support you provide. Here is some information about me, and my issues:
Always identify what your current problem is: rollover car accident in 2001, dessicated and hernatied discs in C5-C7, now diagnosed with issues at C4. Pain radiating down to left shoulder, used to recur about once every 2-3 years (last year t felt like tennis elbow). Started working out this year, and have been in pain since January (yep, this is what heppens when you try to get healthy!).
How long have you been dealing with it: This time, 8 months . Though i had a rottor cuff issue, finally got a good doctor that said it was from the neck. Took 3x to an MRI...was in so much pain I could not lie down flat on shoulder blade. Went to ER and got shot of dilaudid and toridal, finally able to get an open MRI. Went to see Dr on Friday....this is the first time my left arm was weak, could not push or pull Dr arm and hands back, or resist him.
What doctors have you visited (ie type - Primary Care, Spine Specialist, etc) :Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicain, PT,
What diagnostic test have you had and what are the results: desicated and herniated discks c4-C7, down to 7mm gap in in C5/C6 (8mm in 2011)
What medications are you currently on: None that are really effective. Hydrocodon 10/325, meloxicam15mg, Tiznadine 4mg (only one that makes me sleepy)
What treatments have you had so far? Conservative or Aggressive?: 2 epiduras that have not worked. Prednisone. PR
What are the recommendations/action plan from your doctor(s): Lobotomy (oops that was recommendation from my ex). C4-C7 anterior fusion, or anterior and posterior at same time due to risk of non fusion with multilevel surgery.
Have you had previous spinal surgery? If so, identify when , what and the results: No
Any other information that can help the rest of this site understand your situation: Scared. Financially we should be OK, max $1,000 our of pocket on insurance, have STD and LTD at work, plus personal LTD policy and long term care policy for home health care. Am 6'1, 275 (overweight), normal blood presure, do not have diabetes - beside weight only issue is high cholesterol and triglycerides.
Thank you for any advice you have
Ft Lauderdale FL
C4-C7 Anterior and Posterior Fusion Candidate