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NS appt. today. Recommends ACDF on C6/C7 (m)..

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well. It was so nice to finally meet with a neurosurgeon to get so many of my questions answered. First he did a thorough exam. Then he explained to me that while my symptoms were not severe, they were mild to moderate in regard to lack of reflexes, loss of strength in left arm, and of course my pain level, etc. etc. However.......because the herniation I have at C6/C7 is significant and IS sitting right on my spinal cord he informed me it if I didn't choose to get it fixed I run the risk of being "at risk" of becoming paralyzed if I were ever to be hit from behind in a vehicle or a very bad fall. There is no room for error there - anything with an impact could paralyze me. Sooo. he of course is recommending ACDF one level - but that's according to my 10/07 MRI findings.

I have to go in for another MRI next Monday then the next Monday after that I meet with him again to discuss MRI findings and surgery date and of course what type of surgery.

He agreed, I've tried and been through everything to try to relieve my symptoms and agreed this was the best route.

He was so VERY nice and sat and listened to all my concerns and such. He did mention about the bone spurs and that was a concern too, but we just can't decide or plan on anything yet until we have a new MRI.

So, that's that, I'll keep you all posted Thanks for all your support everyone!
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  • oh and GUESS WHAT - this NS said he has seen many patients with this C6/C7 herniation and BURNING FEET - Hmmm, I've been dealing with this for a year and was told over and over there was NO connection (from the Dr's). Now I finally have an answer on that too. He obviously couldn't guarantee it would go away though But hey, we'll just have to see. It's something I can live with
  • Glad you had such a wonderful experience with a Dr. Great Drs are few and far between that take the time to talk to the patient and not just not write on paper if ya know what I mean.

    Anyways so glad your getting another MRI done. So they know exactly what you are dealing with.

    I want you to stay strong and think POSITIVE. I will say the 1 level cervical was a walk in the park. Especially if they do it through the front.

    I wouldn't of said that if I did not have back surgery. At the time I would of said yukk that hurt :D But it didn't. My incision was not sore. Just your norm like others have mentioned. Sore throat, burning pain in the shoulders/neck area. My symptoms went away a.s.a.p which included headaches, not being able to turn my head. Very sore shoulders, numbness/tingling in left arm. ALL GONE and hopefully stay gone for good. I have full movement of my neck it can go all over ;)

    Please let us know whats up hun after your second MRI comes back and the dr reveals his findings.

    Your in my thoughts
    Terri O:) >:D< :*
  • i was writing while you were writing that second part =))

    REALLY :? :? :? :? That is such interesting information. Usually a Dr will say there is no connection to lower part of the body with the cerivcal.
    WOW :O
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