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Hi No Change... My Doc gives me a 90% on the surgery. I think I am a candidate for some paralysis without it (either gradual, over time, or more immediate if I suffer another impact) because of the stenosis. I am at 9-10mm now... not much wiggle room there. My disks were lacerated from the accident. I think this is beyond bulging and doesn't bode well for much continued improvement, just more scarring and osteophyte-making. I am not anticipating full recovery of strength, will be happy if that happens, just want to stave off any further losses. My hands were problematic after the first whiplash. But now the numbness, tingling, cramping and spasms are all down my left side, including facial, ear, jaw (no TMJ- had that checked), and buttocks (feels like someone shot me in the ass). Before I started on the Topamax I felt like I had a severed wire dancing around in my head all the time (thus the daily migraines). Topamax was a Godsend for me. I take also Tryptans for when the headaches get around the Topamax. It helps some on neck shoulder and facial pain as well. I can't do narcotics and benzo's only sparingly, so I rely on NSAIDs when I need them, which right now is most days. You are absolutely right about the vitamins. I take 2000 mg a day of Ester-C, more if my inflammation level is high (the Ester-bound C you can take in higher doses without diarrhea), glucosamine chondroitin, a hefty B-complex, a multi, two types of calcium with Mg and zinc, E, D, and a probiotic. I replaced my statin (Zocor) with fish oil and red yeast rice for cholesterol because that drug had my pain level at a 8-9. Amazing how that works. If you are taking a statin (Lipitor, Zocor etc) and also suffering from an injury, look to the drug as a possible source of increased pain... mine was. I got off of it and started the vitamins... big difference! At least I am functional for now. Not sure how long it will last. I would rather have the surgery when my pain and function levels are good, because I think my recovery will probably be better as a result. Try melatonin for your insomnia... it also has some healing and anti-inflamatory effects. First check any contra-indications with anything else you are taking, especially SSRIs or other antidepressants or sleep meds. It works well for me. I have basically 2 possible sleep positions (in my recliner and now with a cervical collar on). One is on my right side with my left arm aligned, or on my back with arms in front. Of late my arms have started pulling together in spasms at night... wierd... what next? If you cet a camping pillow you can mold it to your neck nicely. Works great. Keep in touch! :)

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