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Hi, I'm Michelle. ACDF surgery scheduled for Oct. 9
I've been "lurking" on this forum for awhile and finally decided to join. I have had numbness and tingling in my right arm for several years and I tried muscle relaxers and massage but that didn't help. I went to the chiropractor and had an adjustment and that wonderful electrode therapy and that always fixed me right up. I figured it was a muscle pressing on a nerve. This summer, it started in my left arm. I happened to mention it to my PC physician at a well check and she seemed to think there might be something going on in my neck. I scheduled an MRI and an appointment with a neurosurgeon only to discover I have 2 herniated discs that are compressing my spinal cord to the point of there being little to no protective fluid around my cord in that area.
He recommended surgery but could not believe I wasn't in pain. I have pain once in awhile but nothing tylenol can't handle. It's the annoying numbness and tingling that is most bothersome, but again...not horrible. I think the fact that my spinal cord is compressed and the thought of being hit in the head, falling and hitting my head, or being in a car accident being "disasterous" (I don't think they like that word "paralyzed") is what scares me most.
Anyone else out there in my situation? I don't know why I'm not in pain but I'm grateful. I try not to think about the surgery too much or read too much about it at one time because it makes me anxious.
Would welcome any experience/stories anyone would like to share and am so happy to have found this forum