by Dimples 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • Dimples

    Hi Everybody,

    Well, I finally found out what is wrong with me. My shoulder has been killing me for a good reason. I saw an orthopedic doctor and he said he thought the problem was actually from my neck and not my shoulder. He ordered another MRI to be taken of my neck. Well, that was supposed to be for next week. The pain got so bad that I went to the emergency room ( it was shooting down my arm and my fingers were numb ) they gave me an MRI and told me they would send the results to my doctor. My doctor called me the very next day and told me he had refered me to another orthopedic doctor in the same building and he wanted to see me that day. I went in and found out that I have a ruptured disc in my neck that it is pressing on my spine. Well, I need surgery and right away. It is scheduled for next week. They will be removing the disc and replacing it with a piece, with tiny rods and pins. Since it is in my neck they can't do the surgery from the back because my spine is in the way, so they have do make an incision from the front of my neck. He said I will be horse for a week or two afterwards because he has to move my voice box to the side to do the work. I will be out of work for 4 weeks at the least and will have to wear a neck brace for the same time. Guys, please think of me. I will let you know how things go. I have to call on Monday to get my Pre lab work done on Tuesday and schedule for the surgery. This thing hurts so bad, he says most people have immediate relief after the surgery, I hope I am one of them. Just keep me in your thoughts and well wishes.



  • Valis

    Hoping the best for you Dimples! My buddy had pins in his leg and ankle after an accident...I feel for ya!

  • Dimples

    Awwww..thanks, Valis!


  • Valis
    He said I will be horse for a week or two afterwards because he has to move my voice box to the side to do the work

    is this available to all members of your species?

  • Dimples

    LOL Valis..I can't believe I did that.. Horse.... ( Hoarse ) Good grief... I blame it on the pain.

  • outnfree


    OUCH!!!!! I've had a disc rupture on me, and it's not a pretty thing! It was my lower back, not the neck, but I am commiserating nonetheless!

    How will they be immobilizing your head/neck/spine? Talk to the surgeon about this in advance, because you want to make sure s/he makes the smallest incisions possible with good plastic surgery techniques afterwards if you need what I think they call a halo. A beautiful woman I know had really nasty scars, but I think it was because the surgeon was old and his technique dated. Ask to see pictures of his/her work.

    You will feel SO much better post-op you cannot even imagine! It is a miracle of modern medicine, truly, being able to free the nerve and space the vertebrae properly.

    Good Luck!


  • Gretchen956

    Dimples I'm so glad they were able to find out what was causing you all the pain and get you scheduled immediately. Best wishes for your quick recovery!


  • Cygnus

    Ouch! Hope everything goes well and as planned. Don't let 'em leave any instruments in you. (Guy I worked with, his mom had something similar done and yeah the surgeon actually left some tool in her)

  • hubert

    Sorry to hear about your situation, Dimples.

    I'll have the wife pray for your quick and full recovery.


  • Dimples
    How will they be immobilizing your head/neck/spine?

    outnfree, I will be in a neck brace for 4 weeks after the surgery. Asked the Doc about scars and he said he will make a very small incision in my neck. It will be put in a natural crease in my neck so it will barely be visible. Can't wait to be pain free.

    Sherry, Thank you so much for the well wishes!

    Don't let 'em leave any instruments in you

    cygnus, Gee thanks! Like I don't have enough to worry about already.

    hubert, Thanks so much for the prayers!

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