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C5, C6 disk

SpinePatientSSpinePatient Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Anyone who can help please.
I went to a reflexology massage and the musses was too rough with his elbow on my back. things seemed fine at the time but the next day when I set in my car I felt a really sharp pain on my left shoulder close to my shoulder blade. right after that my right leg started going numb, then my right hand pinky finger, the numbness moved to my right leg and now my stomach and lower back area under my chest are all numb and tingly. my power and reflexes are close to normal. But my balance is gone bad, I walk as if I am drunk. I have less control over my legs. The numbness seems to get worst.
Specialist sent me to MRI for my Head, C spine, and lower back. my specialist sent me to another specialist. I went to him all he said was my neck is really bad, bad to the extent that he said he has never seen it this bad in someone at my age. I am 38 years old by the way.

I was a very active guy playing soccer 3 days a week, I was hiking at items, I was running 5 miles once a week. suddenly out of the blue now I cant walk properly let alone running.
the specialist recommended I should have disk replacement surgery on C5 and C6, and he said possibly C4. the way he explained it made me really panic. I don't know what to do.

Anyone with the same problem? do anyone recommend surgery? is surgery a good idea? anything anyone can tell me to help me or give me a peace of mind. will I ever be able to walk normal again? please help.


  • Are you saying this all happened after that massage?

  • Welcome to spine Health. This is a great place to learn about your spine problems and meet others who can support you and also sometimes offer help in the form of what they have experienced.

    Some of your symptoms, especially your balance issues and walking like a drunk, do sound alarms bells with things I have been told and read. That sounds like you could have compression of your spinal cord, which may well need to be treated surgically to get the pressure off the cord.

    I wonder if you also have degeneration of your neck. My brother-in-law had a 2 level fusion and was told that it was probably playing football, (soccer)with all the physical tackling and heading the ball that had caused his problems. He did remember a particularly hard tackle that hurt his neck some years ago.

    There are lots of people here, who have had cervical fusion or ADR and no longer post as they have gone back to their busy lives. Others are still here and can share their experiences. Lots of them say that their pain disappeared immediately after surgery and others it took longer to feel the benefits of surgery. Then there are others who are still having problems, and some of them are having further surgery. As ADR is fairly new, there will be far less patients who have experienced that.

    Take a look at the Conditions section and the Treatment section (bars at the top of the page). I suggest that you try to learn all that you can about cervical problems and the various treatments offered to help you understand your condition. While you are reading, you will probably think of questions you want to ask your doctor.

    Have you been given a diagnosis of what your problem is? Is it degenerative or is it an acute injury? You may be told that you need to have surgery to stop being left with permanent cord or nerve damage.

    I can't give a recommendation for surgery or not. I do have neck problems, but they are not as severe as yours. My doctor is waiting for the moment to see how I progress. They think I will need surgery at some point.

    Do let us know how you get on.

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