I had a spinal fusion at C4-5 back in 2000. I was also diagnosed with torn discs at C3-4 and C5-6 at that time, but my neurosurgeon was reluctant to fuse all at that time because I was only 20.
I also have had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, nerve decompressions, and rib removals. All resulting from a car accident at 17.
Now 15 years later, I started having pain again in my neck and down my left and sometimes right arms and had an MRI, which showed compression of my spine at C6-7. I cannot get an appointment with a spinal surgeon in my area until mid-November. Right now, I am unable to work, spend time with friends very often, and mostly stuck at home.
I'm afraid of facing more diagnostics and a 15th surgery. Since I'm young, most friends don't understand the amount of pain I'm in. My family has been very supportive, but sometimes that does not feel like enough. Anyway, I was hoping to receive some advice/support from others who have had a long journey.
Thanks so much!
Link to member's introductionhttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/newbies-welcome/new-member-introductions/car-accident-survivor