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Neck Pain

Started by 717886485@facebook on 09/09/2011 9:35pm

I had been having shoulder/neck pain for over a yr. Then came headaches and numbness and tingling in both arms. Finally decided to have MRI done. It showed that I have Spinal Cord impingment at C-5, C-6 and C-7.
We have tried injections to get the "swelling" downand some Physcial Therapy to help loose shoulder muscles. None have worked. The pain is getting increasingly worse. It is hard to even turn my head. The doctor said that normally they would try anti-inflammatory meds, but I am allergic.
After 6 mths of trying "ideas" We had a repeat MRI that showed a great decrease in the amount of spinal fluid passing through at C5
Now the DR is suggesting surgery. Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion. The Dr said they do not use bone from the hip ( that is a little comfort)
My family DR said I should recover quickly, I'm 31, non-smoker,
But still
The thought of this is very frightening, but so are the alternatives.
Any advice, anyone had something like this???

My grandfather had about the same thing. His was a little higher, he was in a small fender bender and ended up confide to a wheelchair

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I wouldn't worry about it. I would get it done. I have had it done twice now, the first time for c4/5, c5/6 and did have autograft (hip from bone) which is very painfufl, and the second time c3/4 and had it plated with bone bank bone and it was a breeze. There is nothing worse than the pain and aggravation of having these kind of problems. It severely limits you and its just not worth it.

I would make sure you get two opinions unless you live in a major city and have a highly regarded and very busy spinal neurosurgeon. Then I would do whatever he or she says. There are also people who see spinal orthopedic surgeons and have good luck, although I never have. I am sure they approach the surgery the same way.

I know two levels is more complex than one, but just get it done. I can tell you this, that eventually you will have to anyway, and the sooner you do it the better you will feel. Why suffer until there is no choice? What do I mean by that? I woke up one day and my arms and legs would;nt work. I HAD to do it. I couldn't even get out of bed, or get to a bathroom on my own. So go. Where do you live?


By the way, I had my first surgery when I was 33. My second I was 49. I can tell you its much easier for a 31 yr old than it was for grandpa and he had a lot more issues going on at other levels, I can just about guarantee you. So dont compare apples and oranges, just because the "fix" is the same does not mean the outcome is going to be the same.