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My Body Is Sending Signals that I May Need Major Surgery

Since 1985 I've been told by doctors that I may need major neck . At that time, after consulting specialists, my neurologist in Thousand Oaks said that since my condition was only revealed by the MRI and I was not having any symptoms, he would not advice surgery, but I should keep having the situation monitored.

In the past three weeks I have had specialists in three different fields of medicine say they think I need to be evaluated by the neurosurgeon I saw a year ago April. My taken then is very scary. My neurologist here doesn't understand why I can still walk. But the surgeon said back then I didn't appear to be having symptoms and he would like to hold off until I do.

My internist, EENT doctor, and my podiatrist who did my foot surgery this April think I may finally be manifesting symptoms in my head, neck, left wrist, and left foot. This is because of a bone spur impinging on my spinal cord's space. If it gets worse, and it's not treated in time, I could be paralized. I would not like that to happen. The EENT doctor freaked out when he saw the MRI and he showed it to me. He's the one who made the referral back to the surgeon. He thought the problems I was referred to him fror weren't allergies, but symptoms from the neck.

I see the neurosurgeon on October 6. I'm hoping before then I can get all my hubs ready to make some residual income if I have to be gone a long time. I think there is a long recovery period. We are also trying to do everything necessary from our end to get escrow on the Ventura property closed as scheduled. Meanwhile, life keeps bringing us more projects to do.

So if you notice a decrease in my activity here, you know the reason why. I barely have time to sleep as it is, and both houses are rather falling apart because I don't have time to keep at the sorting projects. Although Hubby would like to move back home, I think I still need more time here to get ready for being even more limited in what I can do.

My internist believes it's time to get the over with, since I'm not getting any younger and I won't be able to do it at all if I'm not in good health. There's also the issue of medical insurace and what limitations may be placed on Medicare coverage for these operations in the future. So though I don't like it, it appears I may have to do it anyway. I just hope it's not urgent enough that I may have to miss my nephew's wedding on October 18.

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Photo is of the MRI machine that took the pictures the doctors are freaking out over.

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OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:14 AM

Oh, my goodness, Barb, please get that taken care of. Spinal issues are nothing to take lightly. I'll keep you in prayer.

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:25 AM

Please do not bother about your nephew's wedding. Such and other things that you can live without should not come in the way of your taking this major decision.How did that happen Barb for that bone spur to impinge on your spinal area? I find it quite strange.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:51 AM

Thanks, Debbi. I really appreciate that.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:53 AM

It's partly arthritis and partly due to an accident, which was the reason the situation first was discovered. i think the condition is called cervical spondylosis (sorry, I can't spell it, and the spell checker can't either.) I'm very fortunately it's been symptom free for the last thirty years.

aolo wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:00 AM

Let everything else be and get the surgery, the rest are not as important as your health...praying for you

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:14 AM

Thirty years and you lived with it? Miracle I say. I too have some issues with my backbone. I have 2 of my vertebrae and 7 ribs that had to be dealt with. It is 8 years on. I am worried stiff now after reading your story.

And 100 marks for your spelling. :cool:

JanetJenson wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:42 AM

Barb, I am sorry to hear that you are having these difficulties, but glad that you told us so that we can worry less. &golfguy and I will keep you in our prayers too.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:49 AM

Take care of yourself and I hope it all goes well...I'm sending lots of good thoughts and energy your way.

Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 8:16 AM

I have a similar problem with my back. The pinched nerve left me with no feeling in my left foot. I elected to not have surgery. In your case I would most likely get it done. Best wishes.

MegL wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:08 AM

All the best, whatever treatment you decide to go for.

Ellis wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:49 AM

I hope whatever course of action your doctors decide will work out okay..

paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:23 PM

I hope all goes well and the recovery is easier than you are expecting. Sounds like you don't want to be older than you are now when you get this taken care of.

Feisty56 wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:29 PM

It sounds as if you're in good hands medically and all aspects of the situation about the neurosurgery have been taken into consideration. I hope everything moves forward smoothly. Please take care of yourself and stop by to provide updates when you are able. Sending positive thoughts and energy your way.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:22 PM

I appreciate all prayers.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:24 PM

I appreciate that. Kosta's trying to push me into asking the office to call if there's a cancellation before my appointment.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:25 PM

I'm doing my best, but life goes on.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:26 PM

Thanks, Scorpie. I think no feeling would be scary enough.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:26 PM

Thanks, Meg.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:28 PM

I will have to trust them. My surgeon is the very best at this operation, and many people come here just so he can do their surgery.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:30 PM

With the state of health care here now, they are starting to ration care for those over seventy. That's me. many doctors are also starting quit to practicing if their reimbursements get any worse. If I have this done, I want this surgeon.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:31 PM

I'll let you know if I have any news unless I have to go suddenly to the ER.

Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 8:03 PM

Naa, I don't trust sawbones enough for a double discectomy. Besides when I kick butt I don't feel a thing.

LindaJM wrote on September 7, 2014, 3:42 AM

You've got a lot going on there! Not only the surgery needs, but housing arrangements and hubs and hubby and a wedding to attend. I hope you get the surgery you need if that's what your doctor thinks best. I am just so very sorry that you need it.

BarbRad wrote on September 7, 2014, 4:06 AM

I'm afraid this time I will need it. I can feel my left hand and arm getting worse daily. I'm hoping he will say I just need a new computer chair -- not surgery.

LoudMan wrote on September 7, 2014, 8:14 AM

Well, let's hear it for capable doctors and thoughtful nurses to get you back on your feet and that you don't need your entire neck removed. But seriously, these kinds of issues get serious fast. Be well.

SandraLynn wrote on September 8, 2014, 8:29 AM

Goodness gracious, my dear. I do hope you get everything in order and that whatever happens going forward, it does so without issue! emoticon :heart: