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Anyone Have Cervical ADR?How Long Ago?What Type?HELP!

Started by YoungNana on 10/17/2010 11:07am

Hi: I am a "young" 57yr old female. After a motor accident in '01 and again in Jan. of this yr. where my neck & upper back were injured, I have tried:
chiropractic treatments, foam cervical collar, therapeutic massage, accupuncture, pain meds, pain patches, steroid shots, exercises/water arobics, daily hot tub treatments, heat & cold packs, tens unit, & traction. Some help; others make the pain worse. The past 2 months my migraines & pain/numbness/pins&needles has gotten WORSE.
My (2nd) neurologist says 'surgery', but I refuse to have fusion after all the horror stories I've read & heard about! I know the cervical artificial disc was only approved in '07, but I can't find any posts out there from patients who've had it done, & how they feel 1-2yrs down the road.
I am looking at neurosurgeons in St. Louis, & I know Washington Univ. is highly rated, but does anyone know of "the best" in this country for surgery of the neck?
Here is my report:
Findings of MRI, 10-13-2010:
Kyphosis of the cervical spine centered at C5-6 level. Desiccation and loss of height of C4-5,C5-6, & C6-7 intervertebral discs. C4-5 diffuse disc bulge. & disc osteophyte complex at C5-6 & C6-7 levels. Mild Rt. facet arthropathy at C2-3 & C4-5. Bilateral moderate hypertrophic facet arthropathy and bilateral mild foraminal stenosis at C3-4. Also @ C4-5: mild left uncovertebral joint disease,& mild left foraminal stenosis.
C5-6 & C6-7: disc osteophyte complex. Bilateral severe foraminal stenosis. At C5-6 there is mild central canal stenosis with resultant flattening of the anterior surface of the cord without evidence of cord compression.
IMPRESSION: Degenerative changes of the cervical spine with foraminal narrowing at 4 levels & mild canal stenosis at C5-6 level due to disc-osteophyte complex as described above.

I know this is a LONG post, but please help if you have any info for me!

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