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I have been diagnosed as having some spinal cord compression at C-5-6 and they "fast-tracked" towards acdf w fusion and had almost everything set-up just needed medical clearance and now almost a year has passed.
I am a bit fearful and after reading the posts rightfully so, I am not certain If they felt that I would be paralyzed without the surgery, ( I guess it would be helpful to know. )
But in the past year I have been going through some horrible pain and mysterious symptoms. I now have a burning sensation In my forearms and over the past weeks it has gone into feet and forehead and eyes... almost like an allergy.
I had epidural injections ( first one brought immediate and 2 months of relief second was painful and absolutely no relief in fact these new pains have started.
I think I have a systemic inflammation and the disc problem and spinal cord are affected whenever the inflammation starts.
I have excellent strength in both arms and the pain is the primary factor as well as the weird sensations, That have driven me to the board.
I have also went to ER and told doc there: I was concerned my spine had possibly worsened. He scheduled Cat w contrast and said there were no marked changes and gave steroid ( immediate relief) and valium ( some transient relief (I do not take it because of the addiction and tolerance factors.
The burning is so bad I often fear " I cant take it any longer, I feel like im dying and undiagnosed.
I am quite frightened and often fear
I hope to find some others on here that understand and maybe help some, Better to suffer with others than alone.
My best wishes to all of you for coping and relief.