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Cervical Spinal Stenosis & Nerve Block

Started by northforkmom on 03/24/2011 8:43am

Hi all - I am 45 years old & have Cervical Spinal Stenosis & last week my pain increased 100%. It was so bad I begged my husband to take me to the hospital. I found out that the S.S. is causing a pinched nerve. My doctor increased my pain medicine & wants to do a nerve block. I am not sure about this. It is painful, no promise of good results & invasive. Has anyone done this before? Please tell me your story. I am very afraid. It seems like the S.S. is progressing. I am waiting on my insurance co. on whether or not I can do Spinal Decompression. This seems really promising, but it's been 2 months & my insurance co. still hasn't made a decision. Next month we are going to Florida for a week & for the first time I will be riding in a wheelchair at the airport. I am very depressed about this.
I need help paying my increasing medical costs. I want to find a charity to help me. Am I dreaming or does anyone know of something like this?
Thanks everyone. Be well.

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I am 49 and I have the same issues. Severe Spinal Stenosis up in my cervical area. I had the surgery done down at the Rothman Institue. The did a laminectomy with spinal fusion from T1 to C3 with hardware and bone graft. All I can say is OUCH! I had it done on 12/13 and am still deep in recovery mode, Still have pain and still take pain meds for it. But I will tell you it gets a little better each day. So my motto has become small steps every day. I just started PT since they dont want you to start PT too early. And depression is part of it. Make sure to surround yourself with positive people. You need a good support group during your recovery. The first 3 or 4 weeks after surgery are very tough, but stay positive, it does get better day by day. I wish you all the luck in making your choice and getting better. I have never heard of a charitable resource for the surgery, but I do know this, that you can do a payment plan with them. So keep your chin up!