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neck and arm pain surgery??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I recently recieved my MRI and it showed multiple herniated disc at c3-c4 c4-c5 c6-7.the "mild flattening of the spinal cord" was at c5 c6.Ive had pain for 2 years and has worsened.right arm pain and numbness and tingling in hands,with hands that feel arthritic.Do you think they will consider surgery at this point? I have been through pain management with several series of cervical epidurals and pain meds.I do not want to have this if it is not warranted.Im in my 40's, but Im getting tired of the pain.


  • Hi, Yes I think surgery is your best bet. The numbness and tingling are signs your spinal cord are compressed. Think of it like a straw inside a mini donut. the straw is pinched and spinal fluid isnt flowing throughout the spinal cord. And if any of the mini donuts are crooked and touching a nerve then thats the pain part of the upper neck area, arms, shoulders and hands. I had the cervical fusion in 2006 and I feel so much better. I am 43 now. I had a cervical laminectomy on 6/9/09 because of a huge bone spur on C3 pressing on a Nerve. The younger you are the faster you will heal too. Putting this off will only cause more problems that could be prevented if you have surgery. The nerves are stinkers they get mad when they are bothered. So to prevent more damage its best to see a doctor.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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