Thanks for that info! I have been rec’d in past by some neurosurgeons for laminectomy and possible fusion and was told it would be 4 levels I think! Dr Rosner years ago had said he suspected chiari malformation too but others have not brought that up when looking at my mri’s but he was much more certain about the stenosis, everyone agrees on that and the bulging discs.
I have been too chicken to do surgery because I do not weather invasive stuff well at all nor meds so if made me worse I would SOL for pain management no matter what they offered me I have trouble detoxing it for probably genetic reasons mostly.
but it has been a major frustration the last 26 years since I got “hurt” and my mind goes to surgery at times wishing could have crystal ball about roll of the dice.
the pain waxes and wanes but its this kind of stuff I talked about in this thread, the weird neuro problems that just pain medicine don’t make go away, feelings of subluxation and fogginess and all that hate it. lying down intermittently thruout the day has allowed me to continue working the last 25 years but if I didnt lie down to let my neck relax, and it feels like it takes some pressure off my brain stem or something and helps me keep functioning, if I lived in a situation where I wasnt allowed to that all these years…it would have been a nightmare…I dont think I would still be here or I would be aged 30 years beyond my years lol
and Patti Ann I think its poorly understood how much of what got set off in me was from first neck extension during anesthesia for a nonspine surgery (I Had no neck problems before then, was age 29 then) and then I foolishly did high velocity chiropractic after that and then atlas orthogony to try to fix it and the regular chiro really ruined me, I kept doing it because I had bought into the “alignment” nail hammer approach thinking i could handle the pain if it was putting me back together, well it never happened and then MRI found out stenosis etc
the atlas orthogony helped for a year or so but never got normal again, and its possible it was all complicated by the possibility that the surgery had been a trauma and besides my neck getting messed up it triggered some immune problem that was subclinical so double whammy. But before then I was resilient, couldnt have pictured not being so.
anyway will write you private note later, am on my break now but have so many questions for ya
I found this interesting after seeing mcmahon in a bears docu I researched his neck issues
and grabbyjazz you sound very educated about pain management, i have a lot I would like to talk to you about too. I did a sabbatical in Calgary in 2000 to try myosymmetries biofeedback I do not know if they are still there, it helped a little but nothing that I feel endured.
I am in midwest and I can assure you i have not met anyone that I feel does comprehensive evaluation here to sort out things like damaged artery, ligaments vs spine or muscles…one thing that still is really disturbing to me is how unscientific and uncomprehensive most medical evaluations truly are----it seems the bar for diagnosis is so high, you have to be in 24-7 crisis with obvious issue to get diagnosed for those sort of things, otherwise its just easier or cheaper to say fibromyalgia or something…