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nobody should be in this much pain !!!!

Started by nobody should h... on 06/16/2014 4:37am

I'm 47 and I have rheumatoid arthritis which has literally eaten the discs in both my lumbar and cervical spine. My doc is very kind but recommends surgery on c5 & c6 and I'm terrified. The pain gets worse everyday- my shoulder's feel like someone is stabbing them with a knife- it actually takes my breath away and makes me nautious. The pain medications don't work as well as They used to and I hope so done out there can give me some much needed advice....

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I posted something for the first time ever today and nobody commented-im new to this and just looking for advice..


I am sorry you are going through this. I am new to this site as well (like 6 days). I have lumbar degenerative disc disease and suffer a lot. I have had two lumbar surgeries. I understand when you say it takes your breath away. It takes a lot of things away. Opioids are not working for me either. I am having a lot of trouble coping. If you are considering surgery I recommend you get a second opinion. If you decide to have surgery, make sure that you have a strong support network and you prepare your home for your recovery. I don't know what type of surgery you are considering, but I imagine a fusion at C5/6 is a possibility. I would trust your medical team and express any concerns to them. The first few weeks post-op are very difficult (that's why it is important to prep your home). If you are having neurologic deficit in your limbs then surgery might be an option if conservative treatments have not worked. Weakness/numbness that sets in could be permanent if not treated. I agree that nobody should be in this much pain. If you have any tips on how you deal with the pain i would love to hear them. Hang in there T