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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
I've been suffering for a very long time (30 years) and am weighing the risks of surgery (C3-C7) over continuing to manage without it. Recently, new symptoms in my lower body left me unable to sit or stand for more than a few minutes (15-30) at a time without excruciating pain. I'm confused about why the neurosurgeon (NS) is focused on my cervical spine instead of my lumbar/sacral area when the pain has been worse in the latter recently. I have read a couple of the threads (e.g., "New methods vice old ...") and feel very much at home here and hope to be a more informed spinal care consumer after spending more time with y'all.


  • Maybe you can ask your Primary care Dr. to order the MRI. I take lyrica for nerve pain and amitriptyline to help with sciatica. Do you have a PM Dr? Perhaps he'll be able to help. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks for the welcome and the information. I've been hearing that Lyrica is helping some people a lot. I don't know why, but the docs here seem very reluctant to give pain medication. I think after reading the information here that I will become more assertive/aggressive.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! =D> we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are suffering with even more pain. :( perhaps it is time to see another doctor. a second opinion is always valuable. i hope you do find some comfort being around others suffering as you are! please have a look around and make yourself at home. good luck as you seek further pain treatments. :D Jenny :)
  • Hiya >:D< Welcome to Spine Health O:) The pain you are getting where is it exactly? :?

    Angie :H
  • It is a funny thing about the spine that lots of times when the major issue is fixed the other will correct itself. When I first started being treated by the doc that I have now I kept telling him that once he helped me with my lumbar issues he would have to start with my neck because it was just as bad. He said lets just wait and see what happens after we treat the lumbar pain. He said that most of the time when one issue is treated, the other issue will resolve itself. He was absolutely correct. That was 4 years ago and I have not had any more issues with my neck. Hopefully this will be the same for you. Only the reverse, fix neck resolve back. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • You are a world of wisdom, comfort, and sanity. My symptoms have appeared so insidiously that I doubted my ability to explain them to doctors so just put up with a lot of #@#$# for way too long. I asked the NS for my actual diagnosis and will post it as soon as I figure out how!! :)
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