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Old 03-25-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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Re: I don't want to wait for surgery

I am 40. I was an extremely athletic male. I suffered a weight lifting accident six months ago and broke my sternum, ribs and herninated four discs-c5/6 with annular tear, c6/c7, t8/t9, and a slipped lumbar disc. In addition I severly damaged my costchondral joints in my chest. I tried every type of therapy and nothing has worked. I've seen the best neurosurgeons in the world and everyone is of the opinion that thoracic surgery is too risky. I do not have severe radiculopathy and I have mild foraminal stenosis. I am told to live with it and there is nothing anyone can do further. I have non stop pain in my chest and thoracic spine with severe headaches.I am waiting for some type of new treatment to help with my multi symptoms. Does anyone have any thoughts? I would be grateful forever.

 
Old 03-29-2007, 01:36 PM   #2
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Re: I don't want to wait for surgery

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I am 40. I was an extremely athletic male. I suffered a weight lifting accident six months ago and broke my sternum, ribs and herninated four discs-c5/6 with annular tear, c6/c7, t8/t9, and a slipped lumbar disc. In addition I severly damaged my costchondral joints in my chest.
That seriously sucks. Did they do anything about the cervical disks, at least? It seems to me they could fix those, even if they're too nervous to work with the thoracic area.

Costochondritis responds well to ibuprofen, I'm told - but if you've been fused recently, they'll tell you not to take it. I suffered from it for months after my ACDF (C5-6-7), because it was either deal with what felt like a constant low-level heart-attack or risk derailing my bone fusion.

As far as advice goes, it sounds like you've had all the second opinions one body can stand. Maybe it's time to look into a pain management specialist. They'll work with you when your surgeons and your GP tell you they've done everything they can. It may be true that they've done everything THEY can, but there are doctors who train specifically for managing pain that can't be fixed in any other way.

 
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