What does someone like me do? I have a herniation, and bones spurs at c56 that are pushing into the fluid that holds the spinal cord, but doesn't touch the spinal cord. This is not enough damage for surgery, I don't seem to have the necessary cord or nerve compression required for that.
Doctors point to my muscles as being the culprit of my pain, but nothing of PT, RF treatments, Botox injections, trigger point injections, massage and medicines have made the smallest dent in the spasticity of my muslces.
What do I do - suck it up, seek other opinions, try to get some additional tests? I am grateful for the pain medicines, because they help to ease the pain to be able to participate in my life, but that isn't fixing anything.
Hate to admit it - but at times I am so jealous of those of you getting surgery. I guess, it feels like you have the hope I wish i had that maybe oh maybe this could all be over. I can't imagine those of you who have had the surgery only to find no relief!
I am out of hope these days and just so frustrated....I just feel like there is something wrong and they just aren't seeing the problem. 11 years ago, much to the frustration of an ocolgy doctor at the U of M, I had a lipoma removed from my lower back, right hip area, when they had made the insission, they noticed another lipoma inside my hip body cavitity. I was awake thru the whole procedure...shots of novicane to allow them to cut into my body (it was suppose to be a 'cosmetic' lipmia removal). 2 mri's never saw this....but there it sat all 3 cm of it - proud as can be and the exact source of all my pain.
I appreciate now how lucky i was to have this solved on accident....but hoping for a second miracle this time around.