Really at the end of my rope and terrified.
After a freak accident, I've just been trapped in the house for over a year in burbs (can't drive with the pain not under control) and I am getting desperate for a solution but I don't want to rush into something that will make me worse.
My entire left side is weak and my left shoulder blade is so tender if someone brushes by on a crowded street it hurts so much it makes my eyes tear. It is painful to sit or put weight on my left hip so I have to sit perched on my right side. I can't sleep because I only get prescribed a certain amount of vicodin per 28 days from the pain center so I run out by the time it is bedtime. The pain cuts right though the sleeping pills so that can't help. My hand and arm just gets lighting zings of pain for no reason. I can't even pick up a cat.
For months I saw different neurologists. They all said there is nerve irritation between c-6,7 and there was nothing they can do. That one day the nerve may just decide to stop firing pain sensors or that it may be never get better.
But my pain center found me a neurologist who took a look and said that he could fuse my c6-7 to take the pressure off my nerves and to insert a artificial disc to cushion the fusion.
The problem is my c6-7 is healthy and so is the disc between them. I don't know if it is a good idea to do this when this is purely a nerve issue.
Does anyone know of any alternatives to this?
I've already had epidural spine injections, physical therapy and facet joint injections and they have not helped much.
I just hear horror stories about people needing fusion touch ups every ten years and i am barely out of my 20's. Also, that fusions cause weaker spots in your spine to need future fusions from the added pressure.
Any advice will be appreciated.