I had been having a lot of pain in my neck in 2008; I had a prosthetic disk put in c5-c6 in my neck and I have never been out of pain since then. Now the surgeon is going to remove that disk and do a fusion at that level; he is also going to remove all the bone spurs in my neck that has formed around the last surgery.
First of all he has to contact my sclero specialist as he knows little about scleroderma and my sclero doctor has done all the tests recently that the neurosurgeon would need to do. I will be in a hospital instead of a surgery center as I have lung involvement with my scleroderma and am breathing in the 80% range. I am only the second sclero patient he has done this type of surgery on, so I am happy that he wants to consult with my sclero doctor. The surgery will not be until after the New Year, maybe January or February.
I am just hoping that we do not have to work with workmens compensation this time as it can be a real headache until after the holidays as I have some family obligations. The original injury was from a work related incident in 2007; I had the neck injury and I also fractured my skull. The doctors think that is where the scleroderma came from, but so little is known about it
I hope everyone here has a great holiday; I plan on not worrying about all of this until after the New Year.