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    Almost speechless...

    I really shouldn't be shocked at what I learned today, but I am. Visited a second shoulder specialist on the torn shoulder and learned lots of things. I knew about all of the things torn in that shoulder, but this one showed me in the MRI. That wasn't the shocking bit.

    I went to see him because my pain has been increasing and my function decreasing a bit. I assumed we would be scheduling my shoulder repair for the end of summer and so forth. What I learned is that most of my pain is NOT from my shoulder, but from my jacked cervical spine and is mainly neurological and radicular in nature . The new X-ray of my neck is much worse than even the one from a year ago - and he said that the neck has to be fixed before the shoulder. Apparently because of nerve root and other issues, if he attempts to fix the shoulder first it won't heal properly....

    So a new MRI later this week, and I see the new spine specialist to whom he referred me on Monday. This isn't an emergency, and I hope to schedule this for the first of August. My body just needs to get over itself, wasn't multiple significant rotator cuff and biceps tendon tears enough? No...my neck became jealous and decided it was time for attention as well.

    So, we will see how this all works out. On possible good news, I get some "gentle" neck traction Friday from a specialist PT that is supposed to give me some relief. Let's hope so....

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    Good lord! So sorry to hear about the newest un-fun things happening in your body.

    I'm starting to think those people in my grandparents generation had it right, work when you need to, rest when you don't, no "exercise" beyond normal daily life, drop dead early of a heart attack... but all their parts were working.

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    I am so sorry Catrin. But I totally understand how you feel. I haven't called to get the results of my MRI, because I am pretending there is nothing really wrong.
    Pax, I still don't want to drop dead of an early heart attack, though.
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    Well, I can't blame the NECK problem on my former activities - that's pure arthritis and degenerative disk disease. There was that "little" mountain bike crash related whiplash in 2011 that woke it all up though... I can't say the same thing about the torn shoulder with 3 different tears (or is that 4...I lose count) If I wasn't just so stubborn when it comes to things like this, as Knotted would likely remind me from 2010...

    Crankin - I hear you, and you will get the results when you are ready or when your doctor calls you. Pax, yes - I wouldn't want to due of an early heart attack - but there is something wonderful about the sound of no broken parts
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    Let us know Catrin, what is recommended to fix your neck..
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    On a positive note, it sounds like you have found doctors who really know what they are doing.
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    Amen, and it would have been a disaster, I think, if I had allowed the first Ortho last year to have fixed my shoulder. He wasn't interested in my neck at all, not even to see the report. I didn't think about that at the time...

    I know there are orthos these days who have sub-specialities and are fully qualified for spine surgeries. I've checked out the qualifications of the one I've been referred to and he does seem to be one of those. He has specialised in cancer of the spine, spine injuries, member of the neurosurgeon association, etc. Have been warned that his bedside manner is non-existent and I may even be shocked by his manner but that his skill off sets his personality and the 2nd appt will be better than the first. Well, I can live with that.

    Still hoping he will say the surgery wouldn't be worth the risks.like the last one 15 months ago, but somehow I think things have changed...
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    So sorry, Catrin. That does not sound fun. However, getting to the root of the problems is a good thing. Glad you've found a good physician. I will be pulling for you! And I do empathize, having more than my usual share of broken bits lately. Sigh...
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    I hear you Emily. Part of me wishes they could fix both neck and shoulder at the same time...but I really don't know what I'm asking for there.

    I hope YOUR broken parts heal quickly!

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    Back issues are often misdiagnosed. I'm glad you finally found the right doctor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Back issues are often misdiagnosed. I'm glad you finally found the right doctor.
    To be fair, I knew just how bad my neck is. What I didn't know was that the neck HAS to be fixed before the shoulder...

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    July 27th - Surgery #1 date.

    Anyone else have a cervical spine disectomy + fusion who might like to send me comments for recovery period tips?

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    I know someone who had that surgery in early March. She was back on her feet pretty quickly, but felt tired for about 4-6 weeks afterward the procedure. Not able to drive for about a month and then only short trips for a while. She lives near a shopping mall and was going there every day to walk around and build her strength back up since the weather was not great for being outdoors at the time. I saw her a month after the procedure, when she traveled to DC for a weekend visit; she wore a cervical brace for part of the day but not all of it. She said most people are out of work for 3 months during recovery, though she's out 4 months due to the physical requirements of her job. The very good news is that she did not have pain after the surgery and the pain she had before is gone.

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    Very interesting indeed! I will be back in the office after 2 weeks, but my job requires no lifting/etc. I'm a data wrangler. Good to know she had no pain!

    He told me the time away from work varies greatly related to the number of discs being replaced, the nature of the employment, other issues, etc.

    Again, very good to hear she had no pain!

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    They've convinced me that I really should be in rehab for the first 5 days after surgery #1 (neck) since I live alone. My first reaction was to point at all of the surgeries I've already had where I was home alone afterwards - but - of course - anything can happen. My insurance will fully cover it so I would be just stubborn not to do so. Gulp. I think it just got real, if that makes sense. It isn't like it wasn't already real, but I was spending so much time focusing on the shoulder surgery (surgery #2) as it will have a much longer recovery period that I didn't consider the reality of any spine surgery.

 

 

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