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Too many things wrong with my neck and surgeon won't do surgery

hvan234hhvan234 Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I saw a surgeon last week hoping to get some peace with this agonizing pain. This is a last resort. I have tried everything and cannot take pain killers do to my addictive personality.
After the surgeon looks at my MRI and X rays he tell me I have C3-4 herniated, and C5-7 bone spurs.

The surgeon says he will not do surgery because there is too much going on in my neck.
I also wonder if doctors/surgeons are not wanting to deal with Medicare patients like myself...
Any thoughts?



  • I am on medicare and never had dr avoid surgery because medicare,

    Get a 2nd opinion from another neuro or ortho spine specialist and see what another dr says,

    If no surgery was recomended by that dr what did he recomend? Pt? Injections?
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Ditto-
    Get a Second Opinion from another NS or OS who specializes in the neck only. They may be able to figure out which area is causing the most trouble and start there.

    Sorry that is all I can think of. You may also ask about a spinal cord stimulator or a pain pump (they are usually reserved for patients where all other treatments have failed.

  • Thank you for the responses:)

    Yes, I will get another opinion. He referred me back to my family doctor who referred me to pain management again. My family doctor does not think surgery will help either.

    I honestly am so frustrated that I am thinking about letting go of all treatment and just trying to do it alone with exercise and diet.

    All the best to you.
  • Hi hvan234 :H ...

    ... And welcome aboaard, I definately agree with my other Spine Health friends! Please do not give up and try to do this yourself. No offense intended, but your family doctor is not a specialist, is he/she? Believe me ALL of us here know the frustration of dealing with the "medical community", meaning doctors, xrays, hospitals, referals to referals to this place and so on. It is horrible that people suffering have to practically be in a hearse when they pull up to a doc's door to be seen! Forgive my bluntness everyone. As far as family not thinking you need surgery, I know they are frustrated, worried and hurting with you. They don't want you to be like this any more. You need to feel better before they will. Just keep them close for that support and know you are not alone. Now you have ANOTHER family to listen to you too :D . All of us on Spine-Health.

    Regarding Medicare, I don't know what kind of plan you have, but your provider ditectory should tell who is in your area that will help you. You can also your plan carrier directly for assistance. All adds to the hastle, I know, but you need to get some help! PLEASE don't suffer any longer than you have to. Keep us posted. God Bless.

    Rassy's Story
    Under House Arrest Without the Ankle Bracelet :-)
    The remarks I make are strictly my own based on my personal experiences.
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