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Hello, I am new to this forum as of today and so very glad that I found you folks! I thought I would share my journey to this point with you.
Last year, I started seeing a new doctor who was wonderful due to what I thought was severe eczema. She referred me to a dermatologist who prescribed a heavy does of steroids for a month and then Imuran. It cleared what I thought was the condition up wonderfully, but I started to feel numbness in my fingers (both hands). So I went to my Mom who is also a nurse and whined a little. She was shocked that this doctor prescribed this medicine as it is also used for some oncology patients.
Things quickly began to go downhill for me, I also found out about this time I had a vitamin D deficiency, so I began a regime for that. My family doctor really thought that these sensations were coming from the lack of vitamin D. However, it was soon that I felt like I was walking like a drunk and then shortly there after started using a cane then requested a handicap tag.
It wasn't until I made the request with my doctor for an MRI to find out what was going on that the diagnosis was made. And then I was in to see a neurosurgeon on a Monday, she wanted to operate on Tuesday, due to low potassium the operation was pushed off until Wednesday.
Its now three months after the surgery and the two level fusion is healing nicely. I am walking independent of a cane, but still have the sensations in my hands and feet without the heavy feeling. I found a very interesting article that put everything into terms that I could understand and found out that my case was a severe one. They have a scale of 0-5, 0 being normal or no indications up to 5 being paralysis. I was at a 3, which was when a walking device was needed on my way to a 4 which was where you were unable to work.
I know this forum is based out of the UK and that your medical requirements are much different as I am in the US. However, I would love to hear from others who have had fusion and where you are at this point in the journey.
I look forward to learning more with everyone - Michelle
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