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Cervical disc herniations, stenosis,bone spurs and other
Sorry if I confused anybody in 2009 an ortho surgeon recommend a three disc replacement, I did not have surgery because I could not take three months off of work. I have since lost my job so time is not an issue. I am sending my medical records to a neurosurgeon and have to wait until he reviews files. I have four herniated disc C3-7 with stenosis, bone spurs and impingement of spinal cord and nerve roots, lordosis and scoliosis. My chiropractor recommended going to a neuro after reviewing recent MRI and because pain is non stop and I am having trouble sleeping. I have had epidural injections, acupuncture as well as going to my chiropractor in the past. The pain management DR recommended surgery in 2010 and I was on fentanyl patch but asked to be taken off due to liability with driving, I am taking vicodin now but it is not helping anymore. When I have my appt. with neuro I would like to know which questions to ask him and if surgery is recommended what can I expect. I am going to PCP on 3/19/12 to go over recent MRI and get referral and tell him that my pain has increased over last few weeks since I saw him and ask him for different meds. My neck feels like it is in a vice and being squeezed from inside, chiro said my stenosis is getting worse, I can also feel the bone spurs pressing on cord and nerve root and pain is going from neck to shoulder and left arm,my left shoulder is higher than right and neck looks uneven. My pain is literally 24/7 right now. I guess I am asking other people whom have had similar problems for advice. This is the first time I have "gone public" for advice, but I suppose that is evident. Please forgive me of beginners ignorance. Joe
ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.