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biffyboybbiffyboy Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i have suffered severe!!!! neck pain now for more than 10 years i recently had a 3rd MRI scan which the reults read as follows: mild reversal of the normal lordosis.
from c2 to c7 bulging of the discs together with hyprtrophy of the unconvertebral joints.
at c5/6 disc bulge is mildly touching the anterior aspect of the cord.
osteophytes at c5/6 irregular endplates,these degenerative changes are severely narrowing the neural foramina at c3/4 on the left side.
and at c5/6 bilaterally with probable involvement of the intraforaminal portions of the corresponding nerve roots.

i was made an appointment by my consultant to see EDITED at Southampton university hospital , considered to be the best spinal surgeon in the UK and now i have received a letter of change of appoint ment to see a neurologist instead?? does this mean i am not considered for surgery any more of which i felt i was being led to beleive i would need???!!!! i am so confused and worried that i am being led down the garden path yet again are there any people out there to offer any ideas as my gp doesnt seem to care?



  • i sure wouldnt be happy not seeing the spinal surgeon...first off i have seen many neurologists and never felt they gave me good advice. when things are wrong with the spine you want the dr who really knows the spine. i'd try to see that spinal surgeon...best of luck....pete
  • Perhaps the Neurologist will run some nerve tests first to see. I had an EMG and the Neurologist saw me and referred me to a Orthosurgeon. Of course I was denied surgery and to try conservatory treatment first with injections and nerve meds etc. If your GP isn't helping with referrals I would look for another Dr. But perhaps this Neurologist could help you with referrals. 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
  • I've been to an orthopedist who sent me to a spine surgeon who sent me to a neurologist. Is there some other specialist who deals with spine and nerve issues? Sometimes I think I am missing something.
  • Me too kris... I was sent to an ortho who then sent me to a neuro but should I really be going to a spine surgeon?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    There are definitions for those doctors.

    Here is the actual link:

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    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I went to a neurosurgeon to have my lumbar surgery with the only surgery to date that doesn't ache. He actuually did my moms brain surgery and a friend of mine neck surgery with no complaints from either. Trust me " It's not in the title as much as it is the person" I would have had him do my neck surgery, but W/C gave me a panel. I had my servical spine surgery with a neuorsurgeon too.. Good luck and just grit your teeth and be patient.
  • I went from my family doc. to a neurologist first three different neurologists to get to the truth ,the last one i saw really was great did all the appropriate tests on me and then finally sent me to a neurosurgeon.He was fantastic as well.Wouldn't even consider finding a different one if i had to have more spine surgery.I'm sure there just being causious with you and maybe they think that you need more intensive testing done on your nerves to figure out exactly whats causing the problems,better safe than sorry i think. Good luck.
  • Thankyou so much to everybody who replied to my post , it mesans so much to hear all the different approaches and experiences, I have consequently had an appointment made by the Neurosurgeon for a CT scan on monday so looks like things are moving in a positive manner

  • Here in the U.S. we dont suffer the red tape in medicine you folks do in the UK. With private health insurance we are in most cases able to find our own doctors and get treatment faster then most countries with government paid health care. I live just south of the Canadian border and we have Canadian citizens that cross our border to get treatments and surgery that in most cases they would receive in their country free but the waiting times for most is really long!. On the other hand if you can not afford to pay for insurance here you get little or no treatment if you are unable to pay. But when I see people travleing down here to pay out of their own pocket for treatments I realy wonder!. Anyway, I wish you good luck and a fast recovery!
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