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5 prolapsed cervical discs - help!!!

Kirstij79KKirstij79 UKPosts: 160
edited 08/01/2015 - 10:17 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I've never joined a chat forum before but I'm laid in bed at 1am in tears wondering what to do, I am 36. with 3 children and a job I love, working with children with severe learning difficulties. However I have 5 prolapsed discs in my neck, nerve damage, 1disc is pressing on my spinal cord. I have also got a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder - I am seeing a surgeon for this on the 11th August, I am supposed to be seeing a neurosurgeon too but haven't received an appointment as yet. I take imipramine & OxyContin. The docs think I have a connective tissue disorder, it is degenerative and incurable. I don't even know how I damaged my neck! Just woke up unable to move. It got worse - pain and numbness in my armpit and down my arm etc but it took 2 years to get an MRI scan. I can't sleep. I just want to sleep and to be alone. I can't bear noise or hassle. What would be the benefits of surgery? My consultant is concerned that I am too young for an operation but in my view, as a working mum I need the relief NOW and will cross the bridge in 20 years that he is worried about!! Thank you in advance :) x

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