I have been posting on other forums, but I never formally introduced myself. Hi, I am mom-k.
I also decided to add my story here in hopes to let others know that you are not alone and also to pay it forward.
This place has been not only an amazingly supportive and kind place to be, but also place where people really understand how it is like to have spine conditions and to deal with chronic pains on daily basis. My soul has gotten supports and redemptions from this place. This place made me smile and cry; tears/smile of joy and warmth.
My main journey has began summer of 2015 with right server Acromioclavicular joint osteoarthrosis and impingement syndrome. Conservative treatments did not help, so I opted for Acromioplasty. The surgery didn't resolve the issues. After about 10-months of Physical Therapy and visit to Pain Clinic, I got referred to Orthopedic Spin Specialist. He immediately identified issues from an x-ray of cervical spine from 4-years ago, and referral me to PT. So he can order an MRI for my cervical spine (insurance rules). The result of MRI was a bit shocking, and I knew I was in trouble when I saw words like stenosis, moderate to server, disc protrusion, and kyphosis. Orthopedic Spine specialist told me that he wouldn't throw "s" word for no reasons, as I sounded in a huge denial. This was in late June 2016. I finally decided to make an appointment to see Neurosurgeon, and got an appointment for August 2016. It was a long wait. PA thoroughly examined me. NS came out, and went straight to the point. I have an early symptoms of spinal nerve compressions from arthritis and kyphosis, and it will get worse if not treated. He recommended me for corpectomy (c6) and ACDF (c5-c7), but not urgent (means within 3-months).
I have been struggling mentally, physically, and also to hard time making up my mind to have a surgery or not.
I, think, have decided to go for a surgery as I feel that my symptoms are slowly getting worse and also have been hard on my soul to deal with everything on my plate of life.
I will add posts as I get more relevant itinerary update.
Thanks all for listening.