Guys I need some advice and sorry if this is long. I got hurt in a car accident on 4-1-08. I was rear ended while going around 50 mph. As a result I have bulging disks in my neck and lumbar and 2 small herniations in t1-t3 and 1 moderate herniation in t7-t8. I also tore a ligament in my right shoulder and had surgery, which seems to have made the pain worse. Last summer and fall the pain was all over my back, down my legs and arms and I had terrible headaches. I had epidural injections in my neck, thoracic and lumbar. The ones in the neck and lumbar did not help. The ones in the thoracic helped calm down the muscle spasms although the pain was still bad. I went to pt and to accupuncture which did not help. In December I went to a chiropractor and actually started to feel somewhat better. After being out of work for 8 1/2 months I felt good enough to try going back. I computer I had to go back on disability. I couldn't sit because the burning in the center of my back got too intense.
Since going back on disability both of my legs are in pain and my feet are tingling and feel numb. Both of my forearms and hands ache and my fingers go numb if my arms are bent. The pain in my lower back is bad again and goes into my rearend. I have pain at the base of my neck which spreads across into my shoulders. After resting for two weeks my thoracic pain is a little better. But as soon as I do too much it comes back. My days are bad but my nights are worse. I toss and turn all night. Everything seems to get worse.
Last week my pm doctor said he is referring me back to my orthopedic surgeon to discuss thoracic decompression surgery. My wife and I are scared by just the thought of thoracic surgery. I am lucky that she has been so wonderful and supportive during the last year. I could not ask for more from her. And the trajic irony is that she grew up with a father who is disabled with MS and now has to live with me. However, as great as she has been, it is hard for her to really understand what I am going through, and I pray she can never understand it. The way I feel is that I just want my life back and will try almost anything to fix my problems. With that said, from what I read thoracic surgery is a big undertaking with no guarantees. I am looking for any input and advice that you can give. What else can I try before opting for surgery? Hopefully I gave you enough info to help. by the way, just reading what everyone has gone through has already helped my state of mind. Thanks in advance, Ken.