I wasn’t going to post this, but changed my mind because it may help one of you who will face this surgery or maybe a family member.
I was born with Klippel-Feil syndrome: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/klippel_feil/klippel_feil.htm
Meaning, I have two vertebrae in my neck fused together: c4 & c5.
In 2006, c3 started to bulge and has now completely herniated—it is pressing against my spinal cord.
The past four years I have tried physical therapy, traction, exercises, and many cervical injections. The epidurals kept me pain-free for three months at a time—until this past year.
In January, 2010 I had an MRI which showed c3 had herniated and c6 and c7 were bulging.
This past Thursday I had another MRI; the surgeon will use these x-rays to do surgery on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.
A letter came in the mail the other day telling me to be at the hospital at 5:30am Wednesday. Can you imagine?
The surgeon called me at home Friday to tell me the results of the MRI. He said that I will definitely need surgery on c6 & c7—and when I do—I will no longer have any movement in my neck.
Actually, I’m lucky that I have lasted this long considering…
Any questions, ask away, be glad to help.
May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
Hopefully I will be back talking with you on Monday, 17th
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