About Me: Male, 71, London, United Kingdom, member since Jul 2009
Normally a very fit 64 year old that has run a plumbing firm for 40 years and up till a car accident always went out to work with the men. Vehicle hit my van from the side at high speed and my head hit the door frame of the my van X-ray suggests that I had wear and tear
[More] already and the MRI shows a left hand prolapsed disc. The usual symptoms relating to a trapped nerve at the root to the left arm and hand. Have waited since 2005 hoping the symptoms will become less as is the case but still if I aggravate the neck the symptoms come back. Cant get comfortable in bed and need sleeping tablets to help with sleep but surgeon suggests a decompression ought to take place to relieve the pressure on the root. Now the rub. my own doctor says that as he worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and at the time it was part of his job to do followups to this kind of surgery. He says he has seen people like me go in and now need a machine to breath for them and suggests strongly that I should " live with the pain" My legs seem to be fine its only the arm with neck pain at this time of writing in 2009 though should say it's wearing me down with lack of sleep so what do I do? There are times I just want to drive straight to hospital and have it done following a bad night where I have wondered around because of pain in the neck and arm that defies description. Then whilst there is always head pain and the eyes are somehow affected, maybe the sleeping tablets my doctor gives me and the double 400mg Ibuprofen tablets that had to be stopped for a while as they had upset my stomach. Question. Based on the attached single though have a full MRI disc with lots of other pictures what should be done?
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