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Hi. I am new to this site, but I have found it to be extremely helpful.
I was in a car accident two years ago and ended up having cervical disc fusion with instrumentation surgery in November, 2010 - levels C 4-7.
The numbness & tingling in my hands & fingers stopped immediately after surgery (that was the first thing I noticed when I came out of surgery). I was doing ok, however, the pain in my neck & shoulders never went away. Eventually the tingling and numbness came back in my hands & fingers. I have been so depressed about feeling so crappy all of the time. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon and he ordered a myelogram & CT scan. The results of that showed that I have another herniated disc (C2-3 - the level above where I had surgery) PLUS it showed that level 3-4 are not healing...so... I now have 3 options. The first is that I go to a pain management dr. to get epidural cortisone shots. I have read a great deal about these shots and I am NOT impressed with the procedure of getting the shot AND the results, so I have basically decided NOT to get these shots. My second option is to have levels 3-4 redone to see if that helps with my pain. The 3rd option is to have surgery fixing both levels 3-4 AND to repair the herniated disc. this would require the doctor to go in both the front AND back of my neck to do this procedure. I am sooo confused and scared as to what to do. If I chose option two... and that doesn't help then I would have to have a third surgery. To me it makes more sense to have everything done (option 3) and hope for the best.
My work hours have gone from full time (before surgery), to 20 hours (after surgery) and now to only 12 hours per week. Even cutting back my hours to this amount finds me totally exhausted each day and in a great deal of pain (I'm a toddler teacher...with 13 very active 2 year olds in the classroom).
I feel that my life is desinigrating in front of me and the quality of life is going down hill in afast & steady speed. Not only do I deal with daily pain in my neck, but I also have carpal tunnel AND body aches from head to toe. I just turned 50 and feel like a train wreck. I just want to get my active life back, but I don't know how. I am scheduled to see a pain management doctor in two weeks... again... I'm not going to get the epidural shots, but I thought I would go to see if there is something else that he can do for me. I'm seeing a rheumatologist on Friday (2nd appointment with her) to see if there is anything that she can do to help me. I've seen a neurologist & had a nerve conduction study which showed that I have nerve damage in my hands & wrists (carpal tunnel). I am so sick of seeing so many different doctors that I just want to scream! I feel like an old lady who is always complaining about one ache & pain or another. This is not ME! This is not the person I want to be! I am desperately trying to get answers and I have been online researching what I can do to help myself. (I'm a very independent woman who hates asking anyone for help).
If anyone else is or has gone through this...can you please give me some guidance as to what I can do to help myself. What would you do? Would you go for any of the surgery options and if so... which option would you chose????
Thanks for taking the time to read this and any help/information/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
[QUOTE=dhs14622;4702806]Hi. I am new to this site, but I have found it to be extremely helpful.
I was in a car accident two years ago and ended up having cervical disc fusion with instrumentation surgery in November, 2010 - levels C 4-7.
The numbness & tingling in my hands & fingers stopped immediately after surgery (that was the first thing I noticed when I came out of surgery). I was doing ok, however, the pain in my neck & shoulders never went away. Eventually the tingling and numbness came back in my hands & fingers. I have been so depressed about feeling so crappy all of the time. I went back to my orthopedic surgeon and he ordered a myelogram & CT scan. The results of that showed that I have another herniated disc (C2-3 - the level above where I had surgery) PLUS it showed that level 3-4 are not healing...so... I now have 3 options. The first is that I go to a pain management dr. to get epidural cortisone shots. I have read a great deal about these shots and I am NOT impressed with the procedure of getting the shot AND the results, so I have basically decided NOT to get these shots. My second option is to have levels 3-4 redone to see if that helps with my pain. The 3rd option is to have surgery fixing both levels 3-4 AND to repair the herniated disc. this would require the doctor to go in both the front AND back of my neck to do this procedure. I am sooo confused and scared as to what to do. If I chose option two... and that doesn't help then I would have to have a third surgery. To me it makes more sense to have everything done (option 3) and hope for the best.
My work hours have gone from full time (before surgery), to 20 hours (after surgery) and now to only 12 hours per week. Even cutting back my hours to this amount finds me totally exhausted each day and in a great deal of pain (I'm a toddler teacher...with 13 very active 2 year olds in the classroom).
I feel that my life is desinigrating in front of me and the quality of life is going down hill in afast & steady speed. Not only do I deal with daily pain in my neck, but I also have carpal tunnel AND body aches from head to toe. I just turned 50 and feel like a train wreck. I just want to get my active life back, but I don't know how. I am scheduled to see a pain management doctor in two weeks... again... I'm not going to get the epidural shots, but I thought I would go to see if there is something else that he can do for me. I'm seeing a rheumatologist on Friday (2nd appointment with her) to see if there is anything that she can do to help me. I've seen a neurologist & had a nerve conduction study which showed that I have nerve damage in my hands & wrists (carpal tunnel). I am so sick of seeing so many different doctors that I just want to scream! I feel like an old lady who is always complaining about one ache & pain or another. This is not ME! This is not the person I want to be! I am desperately trying to get answers and I have been online researching what I can do to help myself. (I'm a very independent woman who hates asking anyone for help).
If anyone else is or has gone through this...can you please give me some guidance as to what I can do to help myself. What would you do? Would you go for any of the surgery options and if so... which option would you chose????
Thanks for taking the time to read this and any help/information/suggestions are greatly appreciated.[/QUOTE]
I am in the same boat but mine is spinal Stenisis. I to have chossen not to have the shots, I know a man that after 1 injection he got shingles. His family doctor said it was from the injections he received at the pain clinic. Be very careful going to pain clinic. They messed me up bad about 2 years ago. They give you pain meds, then turn around and tell you that you are dependite on them and take you off cold turkey. I would never go to a pain clinic again. Like you I am not sure what to do. But I am going to see every speciliast I can until some one tells me something I can live with.





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