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Cervical Steosis-Must fix by 5-20

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  • Posted By: janesquest
  • April 3, 2007
  • 00:04 AM

Hi. Thank you for reading this. I am a 46 yo female. I fell and broke my rotator cuff in Feb. I had the surgery to fix it and my shoulder is pretty good. However my pain never went away and went back to presurgery levels. I had a cat scan and was told all of the discs in my neck have cervical stenosis. I have an appt with a nuerological surgeon on 4-10. On May 1st my insurance goes to cobra rates because my job will have terminated me due to having no more time off from work left. :mad: I can not see any way I can eat and have insurance so I have to fix this by May 1st and then recover by May 20th so I can get my job back with my same benefits in tact. My insurance has a 2 yr preexisting conditions clause. If I can go back by May 20th I keep my pay senority and beneifts. So I need to fix this fast . My symptoms are as follows. If I use my hand for anything I have sharp pains that go down my arm in a straight line I can trace. Where that pain stops ,on the other side of my arm it starts but instead of hurting,that side spams like it is having a seizure. My middle finger, then my index finger and the bottom of my palm then start tinging painfully like it was asleep and it is trying to wake up. If I do any activity like sitting in a chair or washing dishes I hurt so bad I can not get out of bed for a day. I have pain in my shoulder blade that goes up my neck to where the discs are and I am essentially incapacitated. I also can turn my neck and hear it pop like my knuckles do. My lower back also does this. Any suggestions or thoughts for when I see the nuroesurgeon? My husband is an RN and he says a surgeon will think like a surgeon and want to cut me to fix it. I am willing to go to physical therapy but I am in so much pain I don't even see how that is possible in any way shape or form at this time. Once again thank you for listening I don't know what to do.

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  • it's jane again. what the report of the cat scan said was " There are disc and /or osteophytes (bone spurs) throughout the cervical spine with canal stenosis and neuro foraminal narrowing throuout the cervical region." So essentially my spine canal is too narrow, it is screwing with my nerves, i also have bone spurs throughout my neck. thank you.
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