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Hi I am Linda and I am new to this site and I noticed that you discuss topics that I can relate to. I had an anterior discectomy and fusion surgery at level C5-6 in 2004, at that time I did not really do what I was suppose to after surgery so therefor, I have been suffering from chronic pain for last 12 years, we tried everything and eventually I ended up with an infusion pump that feeds my spine Morphine on a constant basis and also I take oral Morphine and muscles relaxers and I still have significant pain.
Well a few months ago I sneezed and blew out the disc at C 6-7, since then my pain has been unbearable and I am starting to notice that the numbness and pain in arms, back and right leg are getting worse. In addition, the joints in my hands and mainly right side of body are starting to ache very badly.
I met with the surgeon who did my 1st surgery last week and he says it is a very significant herniation which will only get worse. My fear of having another surgery is that it will not help me and of course he cannot guarantee that it will take my pain away. He will need to take the 1st plate out and fix the 2nd herniation and put a longer plate in and honestly it scares me to death, If I do decide to have surgery I will follow all post-op instructions this time however, I live alone and it will be difficult.
Has anyone else experienced what I am going through and if so can you tell me what was your out come?
I am only 50 years old and do not want to live like this the rest of my life. I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.