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I woke up on a Monday morning for wrk and had stabbing severe pain and couldn't move my neck or left arm Results from ER Hospital: my vertebrae and discs had collapsed decended forward and pinched spinal cord and nerves.
Results from imaging ;
Spinal stenosis
Degenerate disc and spine desease
Ruptured discs
Bulging discs
I had two veribrea removed / replaced with cadavor bone . Discs removed replaced with man made material and a titanium plate w/screws
Woke up yesterday with severe muscle spasms again and cat scan shows c2 c3 c4 have decended. I can't understand how this just happened to a mostly healthy active mother of four who worked two jobs until this happened in April. I'm in a neck brace ,back brace and its painful. I'm no baby when it comes to pain ,this is painful. My question is will I be crippled like some of my relatives with this desease affecting my spine a d shoulders so young ,and have nothing h to look forward to but surgery after surgery


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • edited 10/10/2015 - 8:39 PM
    I was 34 when I wound up in the hospital paralyzed from the waist down due to damage at L4/L5. What I was told then was to find a wonderful surgeon, have a second opinion, ask the staff of my chosen surgeon if they would use this surgeon, stay positive and active even through lots of pain, and become slender. I followed those recommendations over the next 38 years and 8 surgeries. I am still walking although I am fused at all but the top 7 T levels. You will not be crippled if you can keep a positive attitude. The technology that is available, and in use by the good surgeons will keep you walking. You do need to bring your good attitude, thank the surgeon and the hospital staff and your family for the help they will be giving you each time you need it. Also, try to ease some of the stress you are under; stress can destroy your back. We are not wonder-women made to be everything to everybody. Try Yoga for stress relief if you can. Good luck and take care of yourself.
    Still Walking
  • I am so sorry to hear what you are going through and I completely understand!! I'm 43, single mom who works full time, goes to school, cleans houses, crafts, etc., etc. I know where my issues came from however, a wreck 20 years ago. Did you ever have or been in any accidents, fallen, etc? Sometimes some of these issues can be genetic as well. My dad has degenerative hip, mine just hit my back instead. I had anterior and posterior cervical spine reconstruction surgery a few weeks ago and you are right, the collar is very uncomfortable!! You are still in the beginning stages of recovery, so focus on feeling better, find some things that help you relax or feel better , even if its a stuffed animal or favorite cartoon. Are you getting any help during all this?! I'm sure your children would like a little craft time or movie watching with mom (depending on their ages). The only answer I can provide as far as your crippled question is, no one knows the answer for that, but I will say with all my issues, I should have been paralyzed, which I am not. As strong as you are (having 4 kids, working 2 jobs takes some serious strength and is something to be proud of!!), I'd say once you start feeling better, get your strength back and all that, you will be good to go!! You may or may not need additional surgeries, but don't worry about that now, just get through this big bump in the road first. I truly wish you the best and feel free to pm me anytime! Many blessings and try to be positive. On the rough days, let it ride, cry your tears, but get up the next morning focusing on the good(which I know can be very difficult) Keep us updated on your progress!
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