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Disc Bulge and bone spur contacting the spinal cord

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
It is hard for me to even accept this recent diagnosis. It was less than one year ago that I endured a repeat lumbar fusion of L5-S1 because the first fusion failed leaving me with broken cadavor bone and an unstable spine. After the initial recovery my knee buckled quite a bit, perhaps from nerve damage and in early August I fell hard on an outstretched arm. A recent MRI showed problems at C5-6 and C6-7 including a herniation that contacts the cord, two bone spurs, and advanced Degenerative Disc Disease. So now I am wondering if anyone out there lives with this situation and if any kind of therapy helps. My surgeon said to avoid the cortizone injections if I can and now I live in fear of another fall that might cause paralysis.I won't consider another surgery unless I loose function. Has anyone benefited from accupuncture? To top things off I was having a chiro crack this neck of mine for the last six weeks before finding out how bad it was. oh boy.
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  • Sorry to hear you are having these problems. I have some of the same cervical problems. I'm sure you know (from experience0 to always get more than one opinion (if you can). I am not planning to have surgery until symptoms leave me no choice, and I have consulted several neurosurgeons. God Bless you, and keep us posted.--Mazy
  • I too have similiar cervical issues and I'm curious why the surgeon said to stay way from the cortisone injections. Perhaps it has to do with myelopathy. And I guess in a way, unfortunately, welcome to the forum.
  • My neck is a mess. Severe spondylosis at all levels. I also have a broad central herniation at c6-c7 that indents the thecal sac and touches the cord. That seems unchanged from 4 years ago. At this point we are simply watching it as it does not seem to be causing me problems.

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