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On-Going Story of My Journey to Recovery...

momo-kmmomo-k Posts: 132
edited 10/09/2016 - 5:30 PM in New Member Introductions
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.



  • maehaleymaehaley PennsylvaniaPosts: 323
    I hope your decision to have the surgery gives you some relief! I know it will also cause other anxieties, but at least you can have a plan and be in control! Good luck!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello momo-k !
    Welcome to Spine-Health
    Please click on link for helpful information!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • I finally picked the date for my surgery; Thursday, February 9, 2017. Filled with fears, what if's and denials...
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 3,434
    Momo, I put you on my Spiney Calendar so you will have special prayers that day.
    At least the decision is made, take a deep breath and remember what you said about your symptoms getting worse. Think about you and your future, a good one.
    Take care, we're here if you need us.
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my  Medical History
  • sherrygirlssherrygirl ontario canadaPosts: 165
    I am wishing you good luck. I understand about anxiety fears I get them myself. I am sending prayers to you.
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  • Thank you memerainbolt and sherrygirl!
    Good to know that they will be someone thinking about me!!!
    Love you all!!!
  • so... I requested Febulary 9 as my surgery date. I had to send multiple messages to my doctor's office to get a
    conformatiom from them. The nurse who is in charge of scheduling a surgery finally contacts me and told me that I have to go through a seminar, and meet with her, and get a PCP clearance and so on. It is less than a month till my surgery. Nothing, I haven't heard from anyone.  PLUS I have been getting a set of VRY COLD feet, so I'm not in a hurry to call them. In fact, I'm even thinking to push back the date of my surgery. What a drama that I have to deal with in my head... *sigh*
  • Hi Momo-k,  If you have lots of radiating symtoms due to compression surgery will hopefully stop the process from getting worse.  In my case...I did C4-5, 5-6, 6-7 fusion ACDF and then 3-4 spacer(called zero-p) the following year.  I am now in recovery but know that without the surgery likely I would have sufferred major nerve damage.   Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  • Finally I went through my surgery.
    I feel like I got hit by a bus. Moving in any kind of ways cause excruciating pain. The Nursing staff have been very supportive and helpful. Blessed their hearts. I wouldn't be able to do anything without them. AND OF COURSE MY HUBBY, KEVIN. Love you babe! Thanks everyone for your well wishes
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,630
    Good luck, dont push anything and remember the limitations and restrictions.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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