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Bulging disks

MeMyselfIMMeMyselfI Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
C6 and C7 I believe. I have had this for maybe 30 years and have been battling it with therapy massage. Over the years it has been getting progressively worse. At what point sould i seriously consider getting surgery.
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  • I'm not a neckie, but I think this applies to all spine levels. You consider surgery when you have exhausted all conservative treatments, you cannot handle the pain anymore(it interferes too much with living), or you need to preserve function due to cord/nerve impingement. Is this how everyone else feels???

    You mention massage as a treatment, but is that the only treatment you've done? Injections, meds, physical therapy?

    I feel like you should always get a 2nd opinion regarding spine surgery from a doctor not affiliated with your current one. If you've been dealing with this for 30 years, maybe a visit to a different dr like a spine specialist might be best to see if they can offer a different treatment?

  • ernurse said:
    I'm not a neckie, but I think this applies to all spine levels. You consider surgery when you have exhausted all conservative treatments, you cannot handle the pain anymore(it interferes too much with living), or you need to preserve function due to cord/nerve impingement. Is this how everyone else feels???

    You mention massage as a treatment, but is that the only treatment you've done? Injections, meds, physical therapy?

    I feel like you should always get a 2nd opinion regarding spine surgery from a doctor not affiliated with your current one. If you've been dealing with this for 30 years, maybe a visit to a different dr like a spine specialist might be best to see if they can offer a different treatment?

    yes, done all of the above and chiropracters as well.
  • So if you've exhausted all conservative treatments and cannot tolerate the pain anymore and it interferes with your activities of daily living, I would say it's time to have that conversation with your surgeon. I hope you have some relief soon, you've put up with this for so long.
  • ernurse said:
    So if you've exhausted all conservative treatments and cannot tolerate the pain anymore and it interferes with your activities of daily living, I would say it's time to have that conversation with your surgeon. I hope you have some relief soon, you've put up with this for so long.
    This is exactly how I feel....

    Make sure to get a couple different opinions from different surgeons.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • I have been dealing with low back pain since 2004 auto accident. I had anterior fusion done C5, C6 level in 2006 . I have additional dics buldging & ruptured as well. I have just came into severe pain in my left arm and hand. It has the effect as if I was slightly electrocuted. I just got results to MRI and I am being told I have a nerve pinched @ C6, C7 level. I have been on meds and now am being told to try physical therapy. However, I was told never be placed into traction or see chiropracter due to my ANTERIOR FUSION... Im confused ??? HELP PLEASE Im just about to loose my mind because of the pain and combo of side effects of meds..... Thanks
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