I am new to the site. I had a 4 or 5 level fusion in September 2007. I had 9 herniated dics mostly in the lumbar spine area but there were 3 in my cervical spine (2 obliterated). I also had a synovial cyst, spondylosis, DDD and severe stenosis in my lumbar and cervical areas. I had one other problem but cannot recall the name of it. Trust me, as many of you know, it was plenty.
Not one neurosurgeon where I reside would even touch me for fear of paralysis from the surgery. I ended up at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. They did a great job but I am still in chronic pain, have to recline mostly to ease the pain, walk with a cane and have to constantly change positions so the pain subsides for a bit.. They did not touch my cervical spine stating there was already too much to do at once. Three months later I began to get much worse. I could barely walk. A contrast/no contrqast MRI revealed I had Arachnoidis and my arthritis was very severe. I am seeking out people who are dealing with Arachnoidits and all the isssues we have to deal with I'd like to hear about treatments or medications that have helped a lot. My meds barely give me relief for very long and I am unable to work after a 25 year career as a Legal Investiogator working for law firms. I was with the last one 15 years before I resigned due to my inability to poerform my job duties as required.
Thanks for any input.