Cervical Spine Surgery: She Thought It was ‘Mom Pain’ – and Then Her Arm Went Numb

Cervical Spine Surgery: She Thought It was ‘Mom Pain’ – and Then Her Arm Went Numb


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[Baptist Health South Florida logo] (dramatic music) [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: I was athletic, I played volleyball, I was a jock. I did cheerleading when I was in college, so the back problems
were a part of my life. The joint problems were a part of my life, so I didn’t think any of it. (dramatic music) Got married, had my baby at 38. When he was about two, I noticed that the back
pain was getting worse. It was me carrying the baby, I’m 40, the joints are not the
way that it used to. This is all normal, but then
my arm started falling asleep. And I couldn’t function anymore as a mom. (slow dramatic music) I couldn’t pick him up,
I couldn’t play with him (speaking foreign language) “You can’t pick me up, Mom,” so I sit on the floor and I hug him. Because I couldn’t. [Jobyna Whiting, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Miami Neuroscience Institute]: She came to the Miami Neuroscience Institute with a complaint of back pain,
(soft piano music) and that is currently being addressed, but it was recognized that she had a much more
potentially dangerous issue going on at the same time,
and that allowed them to navigate her to someone like me, who could help her with that. [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: I went there for my lower back, I had no idea that whatever
problems I had this, that I couldn’t blow dry my hair because my hand would fall asleep. I thought that was normal, I don’t know, it’s a mom thing, it’s a mom pain. [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: Hi, how are you?
(Priscilliana giggles) [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: Good, good, good. [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: Nice to see you, how are you feeling, everything feel good? [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: The thing that was
causing her was numbness and tingling in her hands, as
well as weakness of her grip, but it was also causing abnormal reflexes. That can progress to very
serious, permanent spinal cord injury, and all of the things
that come along with that, like loss of function, loss
of ability to use your hands, loss of ability to lose your legs. Loss of control even over
your bowel and your bladder. [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: I’m gonna do a little exam, if I can have you put your arms… [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient}: So, she told me you need surgery. I guess she answered all of the questions even before I was asking it,
like I do this a million times, I went to so-and-so school, I
did so many hour of practice. She was like, “Okay, you
need to schedule surgery.” (dramatic music) [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: I took the disc out from the front, until I could peel it off of
the spinal cord and the nerves, and then I replaced it with
a small plug of cadaver bone, and then a short plate that goes over the front of the two bones. [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: Everybody took such great care of me, that whatever doubts that I had, they dissipated very, very, very quickly. (hopeful music) [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: Thank you. [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: From the moment that I woke up, the pain in my neck was gone. This doesn’t fall asleep anymore. It doesn’t, its just- It doesn’t, whatever she did, it worked. (hopeful music) [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: Now, my horizon, my future is the way that it should be. I’m going to be able to
play volleyball again, and I’m going to be able
to go to the beach again. I’m gonna be able to carry my son again, I’m gonna be able to go
to his rural field day, I don’t know, and do
the three-legged race. That’s what I want. (hopeful music) [Jobyna Whiting, M.D.]: Priscilliana was a joy as a patient, not only was she very
motivated to take care of her own health and to
participate in her treatment,
[doctor and patient interaction] she basically was smiling, positive, and upbeat every time I saw her. [Prisciliana Berrios de La Vega, Patient]: There are not of neurosurgeons, and for her to be a woman, I mean, she was brilliant, so eloquent, and so… She didn’t look tired, she looked fresh, and just ready to rock and roll. I recommend the Miami
Neuroscience Institute because they listened, and
they addressed something that I wasn’t even trying to address, and because they listened, they figured out what was wrong with me. (upbeat music)
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