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Posted in: Herniated disc, Neck pain, and Surgery.

Neck Surgery-Help!

Started by terrified on 03/03/2010 12:57am

I am new to this and as my user name says I'm terrified! I am scheduled for surgery March 31, 2010 and although I love my neurosurgeon and he really has spent at least two hours with me explaining the surgery, I am still scared to death! I am 56 yrs. old and my tale of woe began 2 years ago because of someone doing 95 miles an hour trying to pass 6 cars on my side of the road. Thank God, I managed to avoid the head on collision but did leave the road and began hitting trees, etc. As a result, the c-5 disc in my neck was destroyed. The pain has been incredible for the past 2 yrs. and I have numbness, tingling, and pins & needles in my arms and now starting in my leg. My surgeon told me that I only have a 50% chance of my pain being relieved as well as a 50% chance of the numbness, tingling etc, in my arms being relieved. But at least the surgery will prevent any further spinal damage and prevent possible paraylisis. I've heard so many horror stories about having to have multiple surgeries because of the pressure put on surrounding discs and screws getting loose that I just don't know if I'm doing the right thing. But yet, I certainly don't want to lose the use of my arm. I read goldie's response and she mentioned some kind of stimulator, what's that? Could someone who has had this surgery please let me know what to expect? I was told that it is not a complicated surgery and that post-op varies but that at most 6 weeks and I should be back to normal.

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With out having the details, it sounds like you are an appropriate candidate for surgery. I don't think a stimulator would be appropriate at this point as it sounds like your have pressure on your spinal cord that needs to be relieved, a stimulator only reduces / masks pain and does not solve any anatomical issues.

Are you have disc replacement surgery or fusion?


Without knowing more of your medical problem it is hard to say but my advice is I think you need to see another neurosurgeon even you like the one you have seen. Hear is my story Oc t 2008 I had my C3-7 fused and a metal plate put in this gave me back my life the numbness I had in my right arm came back at 100% and pain which was controlling my life was gone. Things went well until Dec of 2009 when I got pain and numbness back and they discovered the C6 did not fuse and the metal plate fractured at that site. I have since had surgery to repair the C6 and the numbness has been taken care of, I am still in the process of healing since this surgery was just last month. The only problem I had was allergic reaction to the Bone morphognic protein and I am on steroids to tell my body to accept it. Yes there are risks to any surgery but I think a second opinion might make you feel better, best of luck.


Please update us on what you have done since you're post. I would like to know because you sound really worried and i think you have reason to have fear just because spinal surgery is scary. But if you have a chance of getting your life back it would be worth it. If someone would do something for me - I'd do it to get rid of pain of long time duration. You and I are same age and you are too young to have this much problems.
Please tell me how you are.


i want to know how jeff frank feels now! please respond to robertalso@yaHOO.COM
ALSO IF YOU ARE HAVING A 2 LEVEL FUSION its not that bad and revovery is very good 99%