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Thoracic Disk Herniations

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  • Posted By: loiskerr
  • February 13, 2007
  • 08:14 PM

I have had three MRI's and I CT mylogram. I had a cervical fusion and discetomy of C5 & C6. My nero surgeon said I have large thoracic herniations in T5,6,7,8,9,10.:eek: This operation would be a 6 level fusion and very risky. OK I fell off a dumpster. Real smart! :( I don't know if I should do the operation??? I have had GREAT success with the neck operation. Does anyone know someone this has happened too. I can't find any info because it is so rare. Please Help, Lois :confused:

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    • February 16, 2007
    • 08:45 PM
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  • I have 13 disc bulges and my doctor said the surgery would fuse most of my back together meaning no pain but it also means loss of major mobility.His words and I quote " Learn to live with it" Easy for him to say . He's not living it. I am on hands full of meds with no relief . I am here looking for answers myself Good Lick
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  • I too was told by my surgeon "Know your limitations" I can't do anything not even the simplist of task without realpain. They aren't saying anything mean but it is the facts the operation that both of need can be very scary anf but us in a wheelchair for life. My neuro said I will end up in a wheelchair anyway down the road. He doesn't want to do my fusion either. (T4 to T11). He said it would be ******n both of us. He also said I have a 15% chance of being parilized from the waist down. I had the neck done to fix C5 and C6 and I healed great. That was to keep me from being parilized from the neck down. So what did you do to get this injury? I'm going to have the operation because the pain gets worse everyday. He said when I was ready to come back. It's been three months and I'm still deciding. Do you work? I can't. I feel lost all the time with what to do. Live with my limits or not??? Very scary. I'm also fighting Ins. company's with lawyers, what a mess. If you want to chat my email is loiskerr@comcast.net. I do know how you feel maybe we can chat. Lois
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