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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Well, I just got back from the NS. I live in a pretty rural area so I have to travel 3 hours to see one. I took questions in hand, MRI CD, Xrays, and all reports from all doctors. Per the NS C5-C6 and C6-C7 are bone on bone. Also on C6-C7 is where the protrusion is compressing spinal cord and rt nerve root, causing the weakness and numbness in right hand and arm. He said I could do conservative treatment but was leary due to my jaw problems and the Total joint replacements and traction. Conservative treatment would assist with pain but would not fix the problem with the two disc. I am scheduled for this Monday! So I am just waiting to get better. He did not believe that my neck being fixed would fix my jaw pain but would definately fix my neck pain. Namaste lisa


  • That's good now they have a plan for now. I hope the treatment helps your pain decrease. Monday's just a stone throw away so I guess that's some relief? Take care and hope to hear your Dr's plan of care for you. 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
  • Did you mean your surgery will be this coming Monday? Or the conservative treatment? I'm glad you know what's wrong. You must have a great deal of arthritis for such problems in your spine, and jaw. Hopefully whatever the treatment is, you will get some pain relief. Take care.

  • My surgery is this Monday. NS stated with conservative treatment I was just going to aleviate some pain or take the pain down a notch or two, but I would still need surgery down the road to correct the problem with the discs. Not to mention that the conservative approach may cause me more jaw pain. Which I am not at all wanting to aggrevate. He stated that I would be out of work for 4-6 weeks, leaning more probably toward the 4 weeks, depending on how quickly I heal. He also said that I had to stay the night in the hospital and shortly afterwards I would be getting PT. I also look forward to the weakness and numbness going away after surgery, not to mention the pain level going down. He walked me through the MRI CD and xrays, showing me normal vs not normal. What was causing my numbness and weakness and pain. I am really hoping for the best. I went from seeing him straight to do all my pre op test. So except for the mind set and getting everything ready while I am down. I guess I am ready. I am truly hoping for the best. Thanks for caring! Namaste lisa lee
  • Thanks for the reply and for caring. I will keep all posted. I am truly hoping for the best. Namaste lisalee
  • I want to caution you however that having the operation is not a guarantee that your neck pain will go away. I have been through 2 ACDF's and still continue to have pain. My first operation was March of '07 for my C5-7. My last was this past March for my C4-5. I have continued to have neck pain since my injury back in 2005. I am currently going through PT.
    The numbness residing is the most you can guarantee (usually) But pain caused by nerve damage is "iffy" at best

    Best of luck to you, hopefully you'll fair better then me
  • Wow, that is quick surgery. =D> Best of luck to you. I was back to work driving for 8 hrs a day, 4 weeks after my ACDF. Be prepared for your throat to be sore, and be hoarse, but goes away quickly. Lots of pillows to prop yourself on. Some people prefer sleeping in a recliner for awhile, but I didn't. If AT ALL possible you need help for at least the first week. And probably will have weight restricts of no more than 10lbs for 4-6 weeks. My daughter came and stayed with me a month, and after 2 weeks we just had a good time. Bending over is hard at first, so need everything close at hand. Books to read, DVD movies or music. Hard to keep yourself occupied when you can't do all you are used to doing. But God willing, you will feel so much better, and on your way to better health. Your dr is great for moving aggressivly to handle this. I think that trying conservative approach first leads to more long term permanent damage in the end. The longer the nerves are impacted the more danger of permanent damage or pain. Good luck, I'll be praying for you on Monday.

  • Thanks for the info. I know what your speaking about it my not totally go away. However, with my jaw pain and the three teeth I need fixed, I will take almost any relief I can get. Everyone here have been extremely helpful and that really helps, I wish you all the best. Namaste lisa
  • Thanks, yeah I have been pretty shocked about the whole thing. My husband has taken off the first week. The doc said I would be off 4-6 weeks and I about freaked, he then said that he always padded that and that It may be 3-4, depending on how well I healed and if anything else was found during surgery. So am glad to hear you were back in 4. I have plenty of pillows and a recliner so I will just have to see which works best. I forgot to ask, but they measured my neck. Will i have to wear a brace? You have been great. Best of luck to you and your journey and I will keep you posted. Namaste lisa
  • It sounds like he will give you a brace. My surgeon did not for me. I think a lot of it depends on the individual surgeon. Do you know if he is doing anterior or posterior surgery? Anterior heals faster I have heard, and less painful. And is he removing disc? Replacing with donor bone or your own bone from hip? Lots of people say they have more pain and trouble from their hip than the neck if your own bone is used. I have cadaver bone and titanium plate and screws. Mine was one level, sounds like yours might be two level. But now the level above my fusion is deteriorating. Always something fun going on :))( Still having the jaw pain, ruined my vacation. 7 weeks now. Have been trying to find a specialist, but nearest one is 300 miles away. Hard for me to get off work. Have more vac in August, may have to wait until then.

    Try not to stress too much tonight. It wasn't as bad as I anticipated. Glad your husband will be home to help. I'll say a prayer in the morning for your healing.

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