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cervical osteophytes

Started by hersh mendel on 04/26/2017 10:51am

After many years of frustration, different pains, and reduced ability to to swallow, I was able to find the root cause of the symptoms.(cervical osteophytes on discs 2-7)
Be pro-active.Get an mri and a flex xray.Then locate a neurosurgeon who can do this .Not all neurosurgeons can or want to
work on cervical osteophytes. From start to finish mu journey was about 6 years.Had the surgery.Everything removed and my symptoms have been greatly reduced.
The elephant in the room is pain management before and after surgery.I am slowly weaning off Lyrica (pregabalin)
That is another long story.(and not always pleasant)
Anyways, I persevered and tackled the problem.
My advice is do not sit back and wait.Get informed and follow up.
I live in Montreal Canada so health care is free, and that enabled me to go for as many tests and see as many doctors
as I chose.Finally, a Montreal neurosurgeon did the work.
It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you may have, that I can help with.
Good luck and be well
Hersh Mendel

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Hi, Hersh--thank you for sharing your story with us! It's great to hear people have success finding pain relief. We completely agree with you: Advocating for yourself is so important, and all patients should feel empowered to question treatments, seek answers elsewhere, and move in a direction that makes them feel fully comfortable. We actually just published an article about patient advocacy and seeking a second opinion. We think you'll enjoy it ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right ).

Thanks again for sharing your good news. We wish you continued good health!


I have osteocytes as well, have had theee cervical spine steroid injections over the past year. Numb hands and feet, wake in night with numb tingling arms ever 15minutes to half hour if I'm lucky. Seeing a neurosurgeon next week for possible surgery. I hope I have as good of a result as you!! Thank you for giving me hope.