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Posted in: Neck pain, and Spinal stenosis.

Just plain ol' ready...

Started by Edswifey on 02/24/2012 8:40pm

I dont know where to begin. I have joined FSR (sarcoid foundation) forums and now I am here. In the past I dont know how many years, my body has decided that it is going to deteriorate on me. I am 42 years old mother of three and married for 20 years. Before I became all of the above I was a quite active individual. I servered a few years reserve duty for our country, played basketball quite frequently as well as handball, walking the occassional jog, basically anything that kept me active. Approx. 9 yrs ago I was at work, the community hospital to which I was employed as an aide, three days a week at 12 hour shifts. I loved what I did. One day is when it all went down hill. Upon helping a patient from his chair to bed, the bottom half of my body totally just locked my foot twisted and I heard a weird "crack" in my back. Needless to say, I havent been the same since. Besides having been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in 1997, I was basically healthy. I have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my Left knee and herniated disk in my low back. I have had two knee surgeries, (even though I been told I need a total knee replacement) and it is somewhat ok with the occassional "giving out". I decided I needed to do something else (after almost 15 yrs of being an aide) I became a Medical Assistant which wasnt too bad just that my back was killing me from the long periods of standing, bending and everything that came with it. I went on to medical billing which went great until we decided that Im going to sit in front of a computer all day. After two years, it started. I kept getting a new chair for nothing was comfy to bringing in pillows from home to comfort me. Now, I sit at home 24 hours a day after maybe 5 hours sleep with several interupptions. I have now been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and carpal tunnel. My cervical area is shot! I get these weird headaches, dizzy spells, and I believe my memory is becoming impaired. I am broke up from head to toe with a three page MRI report to prove it. I have seen a Neurologist for years. He has told me (as of last year) there is nothing else he can do for me, I have to see a surgeon. Ive had pain management to which I have had several injections and even nerve cortirization. I have back pain as if lil monkeys beat me with metal mallets in my back. Upon getting out of my bed, I have to sit for at least 10 minutes to get my neck together with hopes of not falling on my face. I own back braces, neck braces, xlarge ice packs, heating pads , back massagers and the list goes on. I have been dodging the surgeon for some time because I have been blessed with a granddaughter who is now 7 months old and I want to enjoy her. After sleepless, painful nights...Im done. I have decided to have the surgery. I know what the chances are but do I want to stay like this? I cant enjoy myself like I used to, I dont cuddle with my husband for my neck feels like its going to pop off when in at one time my most favorite postion; upon his chest. If there is someone who is out there who has already had neck/back surgery, please tell me there is light at the end of the tunnel

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