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scheduled to see a neurosurgeon

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm scheduled to see a neurosurgeon in a couple of weeks. This visit is a result of radiating neck pain on the right side of my neck that travels to the base of my skull. I had an MRI done a couple of weeks ago and the results, according to my doctor, showed protruding c5 and c6 discs that may be effecting a nerve. What can I expect from this consultation?
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  • Hi Diamond and welcome to the boards,

    Your visit to the NS will likely involve him taking your history and going over the results of your MRI. He will discuss the treatment options with you. My best advise is to make notes before your visit of any questions that you have and any other symptoms that you think may be related to your neck pain (arm pain, hand pain, weakness, etc.). It's helpful to have notes in hand because once we're there we often become overwhelmed with information, forgetting what we wanted to ask. Also, take another person with you to take notes on what he tells you for the same reason.

    Good luck to you and I hope your visit helps you with your condition.

    Griff
  • Thanks Griff
    All of this is new to me. The thought of seeing a neurosurgeon is kinda' scary. My symptoms appeared so suddenly. I'm glad the doc will let me know my options. To be honest with you, I don't like the idea of surgery on my spine. But I guess I thought the worst. I'll be sure to take notes. Is there a website that gives free consults that I can go to? At this point, until I have more info, I really don't know what questions to ask. Thanks again Griff.
  • Diamond,

    There is a wealth of information here, just type your keywords into the search engine and you'll have information at your fingertips! There are no medical staff online for you to consult and anyone pretending to give medical advise should be avoided. All we can do here is share our own personal experiences with you and help guide you through the process. Your surgeon is the best source of information on your particular condition.

    I can tell you that there isn't a single one of us that LIKED the idea of having spinal surgery. For many of us it was the only option to stop the damage that can occur from certian conditions or traumas to the spine. The key is find a surgeon that you can really trust and feel good about. It's important to get a second and, sometimes, a third opinion as well. It makes you feel better that you're making a sound decision.

    Don't worry, we've all been in your shoes and know how you feel. It IS scary! My still heart races every time I go to the surgeon...I'm always scared that they'll want to do more LOL. Just try to keep your feet on the ground and learn as much as you can. We'll help you as much as we can.

    Griff
  • The visit won't be scary at all. The neuro should examine you, go over your MRI's, and then give you your options. I always said it would be a cold day in he** before anyone ever cut my throat........Well, that cold day was last June 3, 2007. But I am so glad I did. I had a C5-6 disectomy, cadaver bone inserted, and titanium plate with screws fusion. My surgery went fine, I was back to work in a month, and now a year later you can't even see the scar, unless you look really really close. I know the whole situation is scary, but I think we spend a lot of time worrying, when we don't need to. Good luck, and let us know what the neuro says.

    Maggie
  • Welcome to the board! I have a bulging disc at C5-C6 level and an excrutiating headache was my first symptom, along with pain in the neck itself. Later the nerve pain started down my right shoulder. But relax, this has been 2 years and I haven't had to resort to surgery yet.(Although the ortho surgeon was ready to do it last winter. I wasn't and with permission, decided to wait.) I have done PT and pain management, steroid injections, slept in a collar, medications, TENS, etc. So surgery isn't always the only answer. And physical therapy is commonly the first recommendation and may halp you a lot.

    But every one is different. And the best thing is to have faith in your dr and do what he suggests. Good luck and let us know how you make out.
    Marti
  • Thanks Griff,
    My daughter is studying to become a child phsy. She is in the beginning of her studies and has to know more than I do about the human anatomy. She said she will come with me on the initial consult next week. Right now thanks to talking with ya'll I feel better. I really mean it THX!!!
  • MAGGIEP!!
    Thx for keeping it real.. I really hope there is another solution for surgery. it's so invasive..especially ON YOU SPINE...I'm glad it worked out for you though...and most of all I'm glad you had a NS that was knowledgeable.My daughter is studying to become a child psychologist. But she HAS to know the anatomy. She has agreed to come with me on my consult. I believe It really helps to have someone there with you.
  • I've had sooo many comments ...I don't know what to think.. Thanks for giving your experience...I don't know if spending hundreds of dollars on meds is the answer...have you heard of any natural healing???
  • Hi Diamond, as this is a new medical issue for you, I'd suggest that you make sure you first find out about all of the other non-surgical treatments that can be followed. From my experiences, general opinion-medical-is that surgery is the last option, certainly not the first.
    Any surgery is risky, but moreso spinal.
    Try steroid injections first, I'd say. That would at least help to determine the pain origin.
    Ask for a referral to a pain specialist.
  • Hi Peter,
    Thanks for your message. I wish there was something else I could do like those who suffer with HBP...where diet and lifestyle changes could make a difference. But it's good to know that there are other options that aren't so invasive, not to mention expensive...I'll write you back after I check out your link...:)
  • Peter!!!
    those are BEAUTIFUL!!! Did you do those???
  • Guilty.

    Neck's a bit too bad now for me to continue, but it was fun while it lasted.
  • What's going on with your neck now???
  • well... I got my findings from the mri along with some pics as well..and here it goes...the c-4 c-5 disc level shows some minimal right posterior disc osteophyte but no significant spinal canal stenosis....The c-5 c-6 disc level show a broad based right posterior disc protrusion. that results in some mild right lateral recess narrowing. There may be some minimal contact with the right c6 nerve root. Note..this appears to be a combination of a posterior disc osteophyte complex. well now i'm more confused than ever what does this mean in laymen terms?
  • Hi Diamond, the neck arthritis is stopping me now as the intense arm and shoulder work involved causes a lot of neck irritation.
    As well I seem to be gradually getting fuzzier in the head, can't think, and can't get enthused about mosaics. Might be a good thing in a way as while I can't physically do it, I don't have any feeling of loss.
    The large tiger that I finished this year, after 12 months, required 40 hours of work. That averages only about 6 minutes a day, but in fact I would leave it for weeks until I felt up to it.
    Grouting was awkward as it must be done in one go and then cleaned up before it dries too much. Aaagh!!
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