I got the news yesterday that I need another surgery on my neck for C4/5. I had an ALIF L4/5 last July, then a revision PLIF L3-L5 in December, an ACDF C5/6 on June 15th, now I need another ACDF for C4/5. My surgeon says my C5/6 looks completely fused, but he'll take out that plate and put one to cover C4 thru C6. My C6/7 is almost self-fused by itself so he doesn't want to mess with it. He said there was almost no disc and several spurs that were growing between but no nerves in the way there. My C4/5 herniated to the left side and is pinching off my nerve roots on that side. That's what's been killing me on my left side of my neck and down my arm....the big toothache. So now I'm waiting for the scheduling lady to call me to set up the surgery date. I had to sit down and just bawl yesterday afternoon for awhile to get it out. I'm so tired of hurting. When it rains, it pours in my life. My dryer went out yesterday, my microwave two weeks ago, and our golf cart too. My husband was fired last month. So wow, I should be happy that we have some money in the bank and I'm getting to work some from home as I can. My husband did get unemployment this week though, since his firing wasn't his fault.
I know you guys all have the same and other problems and I'm sorry to sing the "poor me" song. Just had to share and commeserate. It helps me to tell someone and you guys are it. I'm scared that this last surgery isn't going to be it for awhile for me. I feel like I'm falling apart. Just wish things could spread themselves out by a few years.
Melisa aka candle99