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Had 3 level cervical fusion now need thoracic disc removal!?!
Hello fellow sufferers! I'm so sorry to see how many people out there are suffering. I now feel guilty for feeling sorry for myself. Here's my dilemma. I had a 3 level disc remove and replace surgery in my neck 8 months ago.(c-4 thru c-7 and artificial disc put in and titanium plates and 8 screws. The dr.had a surprise in the operating room, naturally, when he discovered that instead of the spinal cord being compressed by about 50%, like the tests showed, it was compressed by over 80%! I shouldn't have walked into that hospital, according to him) I woke up from surgery screaming my head off in excruciating pain. (needless to say I didn't make a lot of new friends there) 2 days after surgery they said I was stable and they sent me home.2 days later I was in an ambulance on my way back to the hospital, the pain was again out of control. After 2 more days in the hospital getting the pain under control, they shipped me off to an acute rehab hospital. I hated it. Don't want to run the place down so I'll stop there. After i went home from there, the expected EASY 2 weeks of wearing a neck brace turned into 2 months! I even had to wear it to bed. I was like an upside down turtle. I temporarily lost the use of both arms and was only able to walk (and go to the bathroom) with assistance, which included a nice leash around my waist. Lovely. The anticipated 2 weeks of physical therapy turned into 5 months. The unbearable pain became barely bearable and then barely noticeable over 8 months. I was angry with the doctor for several months. I felt he lied to me. His story is he saved me from a fate worse than death. I was on the fast track to paraplegia and now I'm not.He's right. And I'm not mad at him anymore because I figure if he had told me all those things may have happened, I probably would have skipped out on the surgery. But, here's the catch. My back pain, the original issue that sent me to the dr. in the first place, is back with a vengeance. I went back to the dr. who did my neck and he says he can do surgery to fix my back but it's more risky than the surgery he did on my neck!!!!(he needs to remove the disc at t6/t7 that is impinging on the spinal cord by more than 50%) So risky in fact, that he wants me to see if I can suffer through the pain and wait until I start to lose the use of my legs and then go to him and he'll do the surgery. Sound good to anyone? yeah, that's what I thought. I'm out looking for 2nd opinions, but I'm torn because I really do like the guy and he did save my life and all (lol). I'm just afraid that, for one thing, he'll get in there and find the cord is more compressed than the tests showed, and I'll wake up in terrible pain or maybe worse, no pain at all because I'll be paralyzed. Any comments? Any good neurosurgeons? Thanks, worried