Hi all my name is Joe I am a 47 yr old male that has lived a very active life. Besides playing sports I worked a job for 22 yrs that was construction type of work, very labor intensive and operating heavy equipment on and off road. I was an active volunteer firefighter for 25 yrs with 15 yrs also spent on ambulance squad. In 2008 I had an X-ray and MRI in 2009. I was diagnosed with severe DDD, DJD, oesteophytes, stenosis and four herniated disc. I recently had an MRI done that also shows lower left convex scoliosis with reversal of the cervical lordosis. My disc herniations are C3-7, with narrowing of the neural foraminal bilaterally, effacing of thecal sac and disc impinging upon spinal cord and nerve root. I have been seeing a chiropractor for 25 yrs, started with back pain, my L5 and S1 are fused together, was told it was a birth defect, I have also had cervical epidural injections. I was on fentanyl patch in 2009 for apprx 6 months but asked to be taken off due to liability with driving and operating equipment. I am taking Vicodin now but am in constant pain and discomfort. I can not only get comfortable but I have a very difficult time sleeping. I am fairly certain I will need some type of neck surgery and would appreciate any advice that will help me with my decision. Thank you, Joe
ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.