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Gabapentin- continue or Fusion - C/5/C6 ??

Started by jesswoz33 on 07/23/2012 2:18pm

I am looking for any advice here.... I've had issues for years however started looking into root cause this past January as the pain has gotten worse. Oral steroids - did nothing, physical therapy - nothing, will not do cervical shot. 2 MRIS done - and disc is getting worse. Surgeon recommends surgery to Fix the problem, however the excruciating nerve pain in right shoulder, arm and hand has recently greatly improved due to the medication - Gabapentin finally kicking in. Still have neck pain at night.
Im 35 years old - and unsure if I should just get this surgery done, or stay on medication for an unknown amount of time as I understand my disc will not simply fall back into place on its own.

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Hello,
I have DDD in those discs as well as bone spurs and arthritis. I have had shots, PT, all that too with no relief. Just remember that medication is only temporary. Your discs will get worse and it's up to YOU how long you want to suffer and be in pain. Listen to your body. I believe I'm going to do a fusion. I don't want to take steroids, pain meds my entire life.
Good luck!
Tracy

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Hi Jessica,I just signed up and was reading all the comments... I also am deciding what to do. I was in a funeral home waiting in line to pray at the casket and a 25 foot beam fell from the ceiling and head my head. I was knocked out and required 7 staples on the top of my head. I have been fighting neck pain for 7 months! Did PT, did 60 days of total rest, nothing worked. I have a 4mm rupture/herniation at C5-C6 and fusion surgery has been recommended by my neurologist. Was told 3-6 weeks in a collar, 3-6 weeks no driving and 3-6 months no running!! Ouch!
I am pretty sure I am going through w the surgery, just trying to decide what doctor. Have you decided yet?
Topcat (in Houston TX)

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Don't be afraid of spinal fusion. The pain you have lived with will be gone and your life will be greatly improved. In my opinion, your quality of life will be dramatically improved. I had cervical and thoracic fusions and understand the fear one has before the surgery -- and the relief following. The fear is preventing you from an end to your pain.
I wish you the very best and an end to your pain and a life full of joy. Trust your surgeon.

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I had fusion with bone growth material on c4,5,and 6 in may 2012 my C spine had snapped back at almost a 90 degree angle and the ruptured disc was compressing my spinal cord restricting the flow of my spinal fluid causing one extreme 5 month spinal headache.The biggest problem i've been experiencing is pain in all the muscles atthe back of my neck. I guess it could be because where my cervical spine used to be located between the muscles may have changed from the spine not being there for so long. I didn't have to wear a collar just promise to go easy on moving my neck, I have pain turning my neck but have been exercising my neck slowly and gently and it is helping some. other than that It' worked great. I figure a couple of months more and t will be even better, No matter how bad the muscle pain it is 1,000 times better than that 5 month nonceasing headache was
Wayne R

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If you have insurance now, what i would suggest is forget the steroids and p.t. and go get the surgery. I had bone spurs removed from c3-c4 and fused c3,4,5,6 just two days ago. DR. Brent Morgan is a hero. Ive the "oh my god this is ridiculous " pain to the numbness in my toes and finger tips. Now???? I wont lie, I do have post op soreness but this I know will go away. I will never in my life seek any other nuerosurgeon as long as they want me as their paitient at Dr. Morgans office, they are extremely caring,polite empathetic,and will go the extra mile. I FEEL BETTER ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I have had 2 cervical fusions as the result of disc ruptures. I basically had no choices. I was in the fetal position and even the strongest narcotics did not bring any relief. My shoulder and arm pain were unbearable. The fusion was the best thing I ever did. I have some limited neck movement, but I can even play golf again. Unfortunately, since I have degenerative disc disease, I was hit with a lumbar problem and recently has a disectomy. Cervical fusion was NOTHING compared to lower back pain. I say attack the cervial issue aggressively. It worked for me.

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