Back & Neck Community
Saw OS yesterday - Cervical Epidurals then surgery (m)..
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to back and neck problems, exercise, pain, sleeping, and physical therapy.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Saw OS yesterday - Cervical Epidurals then surgery (m)..

Saw my orthopedic surgeon yesterday.  He does not have a fellowship in cervical spine (or something like that) so he would not do my surgery anyway.  He would refer me to a neurosurgeon or another orthosurgeon who does have a fellowship to a clinic about one hour away from where I live.

He reviewed my MRI from 10/07 and said yes, I have a significant protrusion that says right in the report is impinging on my left C8 nerve root and that I would probably require surgery, plus bony spurs!  However, before he can refer me, he must send me through a servies of cervical epidural injections.   So, the pain mgmt /anesthesiologist had a cancellation for today at 2:15, so I will have my first one today.  I'm nervous....I've never had one in the neck where the spinal cord runs through. He will be doing it under flouroscopy (xray) so that settles me a bit.  I've had 7 in my lumbar and SI joint regions in the past so I kind of have an idea of how they work.  But the neck one makes me cringe.  I've heard horror stories, you know?  He did a complete exam and she he put his hand on my head, turned it and pressed down it sent tingling down my left arm into my pinky.  When he was touching my hands to check for sensation, his touch was lighter on my left side on hand.  Said I was "hyporeflexic" on bith right and left arms - no reflexes?  What could that mean - nerve damage already.  In March when I had the last incident (couldn't get out of bed w/out help from DH) it was my Right side of neck. This time, it was my left.  Also said he felt weakness on my left arm and hand.  

I am so PI***ED right now because my primary physician, TWO neurologists and a Chiropractor said my MRI was nothing to worry about - I feel like taking their butts to court over this!  What if I have permanent damage?  Howcome no one else was too concerned about what they saw on my MRI results?  I don't understand any of this. I've been complaining of neck pain for over a year now!  They ALL Know my history - hit by a drunk drive at 12 - seeing CHiro for 26 years since 12 years old with neck issues this whole time (and back). I have an almost complete REVERSAL of my cervical spine curve my OS said.  

Anyhow- wish me luck today.  I'm really hoping these work - but I honestly don't think they will considering everything I've already been through for therapy on my neck.  Seems like once the acute phase is over (these last 3 times) it gets a little better and it's something I can almost live with, then another incident and I'm back at square one.  I never do anything to cause these either - it just happens - I wake up with it. I sleep on a cervical pillow, have for years.  It's just I think everything in there is so weak damaged and then throw in the reversal of my curve and it's way more prone to damage.

Thanks for listening ;)
Related Discussions
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Back & Neck Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Pain Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Kalvin
Milwaukee, WI
7721494_tn?1405368662
Blank
philnoir
Front Range, CO
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
8221281_tn?1397574572
Blank
Pantx
Denton, TX
1613542_tn?1366472143
Blank
bigsissie
MO
1248623_tn?1341734357
Blank
EdwardPB
Pontiac, IL