Hi - I wish I found this site a long time ago!
I'm 49 year old woman, single mom, and I have been suffering with burning pain in my wrists for about 4 years - I just recently had a cervical MRI and found out the pain is coming from my neck. I've seen a neurosurgeon who told me I have spinal stenosis and cervical degeneration and need fusion on c5,6 and c6,7. He told me it would be about 2 weeks recovery & I could return to work. I've had all kinds of nonsurgical treatments from chiropractic to traction that did not help. I'm terrified to have surgery, and I'm worried it may lead to worse problems, but I've been living with almost constant pain in my hands, which makes work almost impossible. My neck bothers me sometimes, but mostly its the burning in my hands that's the problem.
I was also laid off from my job 6 months ago, and I finally got a new one which I'm suppose to start in a week! Having surgery now may mean I lose this job, but I'm not sure how long I can work with the pain I have now.
I'd really really appreciate any advice or imput anyone has!