I have had two surgeries (fusions) in my neck and am fused from
L-3 to S-1. I continue to have nerve pain down my legs though MRI says all looks fine. My doctor believes the disc above my highest fusion is problematic. I always wonder if I retired and had the time to exercise if I would have the pain and problems I am having.
I’m having numbness and pain in my hands and arms and am scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery and then possibly another surgery for the disc above the last surgery in my neck. Nobody can tell if my issue is from my neck, carpal tunnel, or a combination. Probably a combo.
Please note that I do have one of the top five rated surgeons in the US. But it doesn’t change that I’m still in pain and concerned about my health and future years ahead. My pain management doctor is also well trained but I believe it’s something that may work temporarily, if at all. I think it’s a game we play for insurance to approve surgery. I am a teacher and did not have an injury. I was in yeh grocery business, however, for many years and was not gentle with correct lifting. I continue with teaching to be in a constant position where I am lifting, bending, or twisting with 24 3rd graders.
I hope that helps to paint a vision of what I face on a day to day basis. Thank you for your kind response. Lisa