back in 2003, 3 months after i had to have a total hysterectomy and partial breast lumpectomy..i woke up went to stand and collapsed with a herniated c5-6 was paralyzed from the neck down for 2 weeks.which then they fused the bones .i am still sick with cancer and it has spread to other organs , kidney ,small intestine and breast and thyroid. and i have now herniated the c2-3,c3-4,c4-5.c6-7.L5-S1,S1-S2..I am on morphine and hydrocodone and trigger point injections and opcipical nerve blocks to just to be able to walk..i am home bound now and can't lift anything over 5 lbs..are my dr's and surgeons correct in saying that due to being so weak and having cancer that I will be wheel chair bound soon... i don't have to do anything but get up from sitting or lying down and i herniate a disk..are they right in their diagnosis? I am only 33 years old and want to be able to keep mobile for as long as i can... does anyone have an opinion if the dr's are right?
Hi virg78 - I am so sorry about your cancer and other conditions. I really feel for you, hon. Your body has taken quite a toll. If I were you, I'd get as many "second" opinions as you can! What do you have to lose, if you have good insurance? If the Dr. has an attitude about that, which they often do, that's just too bad. Yes, you are young enough now so that anything & everything you do could make a difference! I would even consider other natural methods to help with the cancer and building your immune system, so that it can handle the stress of what you're going through. I just got Suzanne Sommers book to help with healthy eating because I believe the opiates can rob us of calcium. I have a friend taking the natural route to heal her body of the cancer, and she's managed to shrink a tumor. So, any information would be better than just following one Dr's. He may be a great Dr., but you've got lots going on, and I'm with you... life's too short to give up & accept your destiny after just one Dr.'s opinion. I'd ask him why he believes that, and be extremely aggressive in your search for answers. And, a good counselor could help you with keeping a positive mental outlook. God Bless, and keep movin'!
Hi virg78, & welcome to the site! So so sorry to hear about all your conditions, but you have come to the right site for support. You certainly have your plate full for such a young person. I completely understand how you feel about the future. Have they given you a reason your discs ar herniateing the way they are? Are they talking about trying a spinal or neck fusion yet? My hubby has had 4 of these & he is still walking years later. He has had 2 on his neck & 2 on his L spine, & was given a prescription for a walker that has never been used & is gathering dust in our closet. He refuses to take what his doctors tell him. A very determined man, & I believe that is what it takes is a lot of determination. A second opinion is also a good idea. I just wonder what is causing the disc problems at your age, & if they plan to do anything about them. I wish you the best...
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