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New diagnosis, new depression

bandeetobbandeeto Posts: 7
edited 10/05/2015 - 8:32 PM in Depression and Coping

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!

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  • Hi bandeeto!
    All those surgeries...phew!
    Are you still waiting to see a neurosurgeon? Any new developments?
    All the best...
    Kirsti x
  • Yes, still waiting to see a surgeon. The surgeon I have an appointment with is an orthopedic one, but he specializes in spine. My first surgery was done by a neurosurgeon far away from where I currently live, so I have had to find a different doctor.

    I saw my GP today, and she prescribed some more hydrocodone for me, which was nice. She also prescribed some gabapentin for night time since the pain is disturbing my sleep. I tried it when I was 18, but I got extremely confused on it. I'm willing to try again because I'm having so many night problems despite bringing in an adjustable "hospital" bed.

    Each problem I've had has brought a new set of issues with my body, but I'm just putting one foot in front of the other at this point. I think that's all I can ask of myself. :)
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