Hello everyone, I have been dealing with a C5-6,6-7 left sided herniation with nerve impingement and DDD C4-C7 since last April all stemming from a bad car accident I had at age 16. I had conservative treatments including PT with traction and ESI's which held me over for a short period of time. Late December early January the pain is back with a vegence. I just had another ESI that only lasted 4 days,and then had excruciating pain. The pain currently is radiating down my arm with tingling in my fingers, I am now back in the philadelphia collar intermittenly.
Last year I saw a NS who said I was not a surgical candidate, which was hard for me to take considering how bad the nerve impingement is on two levels. I have just started looking into finding an orthopedic spine surgeon in hopes that this type of spine doctor will be more likely to suggest surgery as I strongly believe that is what I need.
My question is, has anyone had better options for surgery using an orthopedic spine surgeon vs a NS ? I have read alot of posts here and my problems seem to paralell lots of other people who have been candidates for surgery.