Where do I begin? I'm fairly new here so I will recap my history.
1. 1994 - Lumbar laminectomy - surgery
2. 1995 - cervical stenosis - surgery
3. 1997 - lunbar/flatback syndrom - surgery with instrumentation
4. 2000 - cervical kyphosis - surgery with instrumentation done in 2 surgeries. posterior and anterior surgeries
5. 2003 - vascular surgery for left leg blood clots
6. diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy of left leg
7. diagnosed with 4 herniated discs in thoracic area
Current problems. I had a CT Myelogram done of the entire spine. It showed the following:
1. Stenosis of the cervical spine from C3-4; C4-5; C5-6 levels
2. Stenosis of the lumber spine L1-2 levels
My orthopedic surgeon specializes in the thoracic and lumber areas. Since the cervical area seems to be the worst we decided to address the cervical area the first. So now I have to see another surgeon to discuss possible decompression surgery on the cervical area. I don't see how the doctor won't recommend surgery on the cervical area. Conservative treatment has been tried and didn't work. So what are the choices? Surgery the way I see it.
Once the cervical area is resolved, I will then have surgery on the lumbar area to resolve the stenosis in that area. So if both surgeries are done, then I will have had 7 spine surgeries. Will this ever end? I've always had major problems with the neck surgery for some reason. More pain and longer recovery whenever I had the cervical surgery. I found the lumbar area an easier area for me for surgery. But I am tired of this already. Everytime I turn around it is another spine surgery.
So now I have to set up an appointment to see an orthopedist for the cervical problems. I'll keep you posted on what happens.
Anyway, hope you all have a pain free day.