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Neck Pain

ltstamplltstamp Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I went for a discogram last July and I wanted to ask some questions. My doctor had originally scheduled me for surgery in December then changed his mind and did a nucleoplasty. I feel that nothing has changed. I have numbness in both face, arms and legs with shooting pain. I also have burning in my neck.
I was looking at my MRI and these were the results.

On the sagittal views, there is low signal intensity contrast within the disc spaces at C3/4, C4/5 and C5/6 There is motion degradation on all sequences. No acute fracture or marrow-infiltrating lesion is seen.

C3/4 Nuclear contrast extending to the left posterior annulus
C4/5 Nuclear contrast extending to the right posterior annulus.
C5/6 Nuclear contrast extending to the right posterior annulus

He originally was going to do an ACDF at C3/4 and TDR at C4/5.

I am a little frustrated. What questions should I be asking him? I am seeing him again next week for an update.


  • Write down whatever is on your mind and compile a list from that. I generally ask questions like;

    -What could be causing my problems to continue after the last procedure?

    -What would be your recommended next step?

    -What can I do in the interim to get comfortable or more functionality?

    -What kind of permanent or non-permanent damage am I facing?

    -Did the results (or lack thereof) of the last procedure give you any better idea of my overall problem?

    -Did we make a mistake opting for the last procedure instead of pressing ahead with the original plan?

    -What does my MRI show you or not show you based on the symptoms and issues I have?
  • Thanks for all the good ideas. I find that when I go in I just forget what I need to ask and tell them. The whole process is overwhelming and unfamiliar.
  • "C" had some great questions to ask. You can also find a couple of lists of questions to ask your surgeon/doctor in the FAQ section, found at the top of the page in blue.

    Now, since I'm very familiar with my surgeon, treatments, etc., when I know I have an appointment, I keep a piece of paper with me all the time and write down questions as I think of them. I've even been known to put my questions on a napkin when I've been to lunch before my appointment and forgot to bring my list. Unfortunately, my surgeon is very good at reading upside down, apparently, because he looked at my napkin and answered a couple of my questions before I could ask him. :-)

    So check out the FAQ section in addition to writing down what "C" is suggesting. That should give you a nice, long conversation with your surgeon.

    Good luck and please keep us posted.
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