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Old 12-22-2009, 07:53 PM
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Last Monday I got a new MRI done on my neck. Yesterday I went into the doctor to go over the results.
The basic is-my disk is MUCH worse.

The herniation was already significant, but now it's grown by more than 1/2 which means the "gel" inside of the disk (designed to stay inside) broke out-and started hardening. Enough has "leaked" out now and hardened that it's completely filling the space in the left side of the vertabrae where the nerves for my left arm "exit" from the spine.

That would be why the intense shooting pains in my arm and the increasing numbness in my fingers etc.

Thursday (Christmas Eve) I go in to see the surgeon and schedule emergency surgery. They are hoping to do the surgery before New Years.

Maca leaves tomorrow night for Washington to see our oldest son (he's 13) for Christmas. He's worried sick. He feels guilty about leaving and is worried about me, but our son has been there for 6 months getting psychological care and he needs to see his dad too. I told him (Maca) that I'll be fine, he comes back the afternoon of the 28th, so with any luck we can schedule the surgery for the 29th or 30th.

They have to go in through the front of my neck, clear out the hardened material from inside the vertabrae (vertabrae are shaped roughly like a triangle lying flat on a table). They have to avoid hitting the spinal cord (on the back "top" corner) and the major vein and artery (the other two corners of the triangle shape).

One night in the hospital. Then 6 weeks of recovery time at home. The first 2 weeks are complete bed rest. After that, no lifting anything bigger then a gallon of milk, pulling, pushing or generally doing anything that requires muscle work. I'm supposed to have someone with me at all times for the first two weeks. I have to wear a cervical collar for 3-5 weeks and they may have to do a bone graft from my hip to put in my spine....

More later-I'm still here, please send happy thoughts our way! I miss you guys!!!
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:58 PM
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One of my co-workers just had the same thing last year. You'll do fine LR and then you can really get Crrrrrraaaaaazzzyyyyy!!
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:04 PM
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That sounds very painful and not fun at all (some people act like "o w0w you'll get all kinds of good DRUGS!11!~"). I hope you'll make a full recovery and feel better once and for all after this ordeal!
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:09 PM
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Thanks guys. I hope it goes smoothly too. I'm not big on the drugs. They have other side effects which are miserable and I'm not big on being so loopy and out of control of my own mind!
But one thing at a time!
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Yowch. Sounds scary for you and even more stressful with the other stuff going on.

But it also sounds like a successful surgery could make a huge difference for you in terms of fixing pain and increased mobility and all kinds of stuff.

Hang in there and I'll be sending good thoughts your way!
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:47 PM
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Yowch. Sounds scary for you and even more stressful with the other stuff going on.

But it also sounds like a successful surgery could make a huge difference for you in terms of fixing pain and increased mobility and all kinds of stuff.

Hang in there and I'll be sending good thoughts your way!
Thanks Crisare, it is scary-but for sure if it's successful it will be AWESOME. It's been 5 years of on again off again torment and pain. It will be amazing to be able to just BE again! Our youngest is only 2 1/2, it will be so great to be able to play with her outside, go sledding, swimming etc. I keep my focus on that as much as possible!!
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