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ArualAArual Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Neurosurgeon said I'm not a good candidate for surgery (yay). It wouldn't make me feel any better because I have permanent nerve damage (boo).


  • Hey there, congrats (I think). Have you had any prior surgeries? what test did he do for the permanent nerve damage diagnosis?

  • Did the neurosurgeon say why your not a good candidate for surgery? How many opinions did you seek, if one I always say to get two, at least. What type of conservative therapy are they doing to help with the issues or have they done? How did they come to the conclusion that the nerve damage is permanent? Do you have nerve roots that are compressed, if so how long has this been going on? Is it possible they felt you had sometime to wait before doing a surgery? What type of symptoms are you currently having?

    Sometimes surgery is not the only answer and many conservative measures can help and prolong and/or avoid surgery. Keep us posted on how your doing.
  • This is the second surgeon I saw. The first one wanted to do a fusion, and I'm just not doing that. I've tried all kinds of conservative therapy - I have many things in my arsenal. He told me to just keep doing what I'm doing.

    He looked at my MRI and myelogram and determined there was nerve damage - the nerve has been compressed for about three years.

    I have muscle and nerve pain on my right side from my neck to the middle of my back. It has taken up permanent residence between my spine and my scapula, goes around and beneath my scapula, and sometimes goes down my arm into my pinky.

    My last epidural didn't go well, and caused terrible pain (much more than usual) for six weeks. I couldn't work. I have been doing PT again, and it is easing up, so that's another bit of good news (yay).
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