Hi Cody, great that you found this forum and are looking at seeing a spine doctor. Who lives in your house that could go with you to appointments? I found that it was helpful to have someone else with me to help ask questions. When I went to see my spine doctor, my son came along and he had a list of questions and he took notes for me. Also, if you do have surgery, you will need someone to help you when you return back home.
You will need to get your diabetes under good control before any doctor would consider surgery. Maybe a visiting nurse could come to your home and help you will diet and medication. You probably know a lot about how food affects your blood sugar. Who is your primary doctor? Maybe he or she could refer you to a dietician who could help you figure out food that you could eat that would keep your diabetes in control and also help you lose weight. I can see how it is frustrating if you cannot exercise because of your ankle.
Keep us posted on how you are doing! You have friends on this forum who can support you!
Take care, Susan
Last edited by susancook; 02-05-2014 at 07:38 PM.
2011: Degenerative Adult Onset Scoliosis @65
25* T levoscoliosis/ 36* L dexroscoliosis w/ 11.2 cm coronal & 3.5 cm sagittal balance T kyphosis 90*
Severe disc degen thoracic & lumbar stenosis L4
Surgery: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
3/2013, Dr. Hu @ UCSF
Postop hernia @ ALIF incision repaired 2014
8/2014: Rev surgery OHSU Dr. Hiratzka hardware removal T3-T5; reinstrumentation & revision fusion T3-T6
Proximal Junctional Failure w/ SCI