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What To Ask The Neurosurgeon?

zaks27zzaks27 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi! I'm fairly new on the forum (I've been lurking for quite awhile). My question is: I see a neurosurgeon for the first visit on Monday morning. Can you help me figure out what questions to ask? I'm not going to bore you all with my MRI scan results--I'll just say I have stenosis from C3-C7. I'm having problems with weakness in my right arm and "heaviness" in my legs, especially when I get up after laying down. I also have to urinate at times 2 times a hour. I have vestibular problems--dizziness and vertigo at times. The pain in my deltoids and the occipital/parietal headaches have been handled at this point pretty well with Neurontin. I'm trying to do my homework for the visit. What would you all suggest I ask? I've tried everything at this point. PT, epidurals, massage. This all stems from a MVA in 1988. I'm afraid in another 5 years I won't be a candidate for surgery (I'm currently 58 yo) and have rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disease and dysautonomia. I've lost 4 inches in height in the past 10 years. I'm borderline for osteopenia. Help!


  • welcome

    i wouldnt say that it would bore us to read your MRI results, as there are some here , me included that can get a pretty good idea , which helps us to understand your probs, however, an MRI report does rely on how good the radiologist can interrpret it.

    thats why you need a spinal specialist to look at the scans

    i would assume you have some nerve or cord compression, and this would be something to discuss with NS

    also what is causing the nerve compression? Is conservative treatment appropriate

    is surgical intervention appropriate, if so, what type
    if surgical intervention is warranted and not done, whats the likely progression?

    what benefits would you get from either treatment?
    what are the downsides to either treatment?

    your vestibular problems may or may not be coming from your cervical, this is another symptom to ask about

    what treatments are available

    how will your borderline osteopenia impact any treatments?

    why do you say in another 5 yrs you wont be a surgical candidate?

    well just some thoughts off the top of my head

    i have prepaired some in depth questions for my lumbar for my NS, but i have to start preparing my cervical qustions, so having not done this yet , ive just given you some basics to give you a start

    of course invariably after one question is answered it brings several more up
    take care and let us no how your app goes

    also , i think its in the surgical forum at the top , questions to ask your dr, or search for it in blue box at top of page
    flower(who has also lost height from most of my disc"S narrowing, one completly gone, bone on bone)
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