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c5-c6 problems

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all. I am new here to the forums. I posted a small hello in the intro. section.

Basically I have been dinking around with neck pain, severe constant headaches, arm pain, stabbing scapular pain, for 3+ years. Fast forward --> I got a myelogram and here is the "remarkable" stuff:
c5-c6, Prominent degenerative disc space narrowing with marginal spurring and about 1 mm of c5 on c6 retrolisthesis. No significant facet arthropathy. Right greater than left ucinate process spurring with at least moderate foraminal stenosis, bordering on severe, which could be causing a right c6 radiculopathy. Shallow right paracentral disc protrusion but no cord compression or central stenosis. In addition to ucinate spurring , right foraminal effacement may be contributed to also by a soft tissue density component that may be herniated disc material.
My doc. says surgery if I can't live with the pain. Fusion w/hardware. Any comments, opinions, anything appreciated!

Have a nice day! Gypsum


  • He's right but just know thet even with the surgery it takes time to feel better. I had ACDF @ C5 and C6 in June and am just now feeling human again. It was worth it but all the pain will never be gone, at least I haven't found anyone completely pain free after these types of problems. I don't claim to be a doctor but I have been through this for the last 3 years. It's hard but you will get better. Feel better sooon!!!! :)))
  • Thank you for the replies Bubb. and Darlene! I went to the neurosurgeon with plenty of questions but when I got there I was so nervous I blanked lol. Luckily his assistant was available to answer q's on the phone. Darlene I will be monitoring to see how you are doing since you also have c5-c6 probs. It has been a little over 3 years for me also. What a life changer huh? Thx again and take care.
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