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newbie here not sure which to do

Hello All,
I Was Rear Ended In Oct 2011. The Surgeon That I Went To Says ThAt The Discs Between 4/5/6 Are BUldged And One Is Herniated. I Had Facet Joint Injections That DiD Not Help At All. The Doctor Said He Could Do A Surgery That May Help. I Was SpoOked So Bad That I Didn't Go Back. He Wanted To Show Me Some Device That He Invented. So Now I've Just Been Suffering, And It Seems To Be Getting Worse. I Now Wake Up With Both Hands And Or Arms Numb. My Primary Suggested I See A Neurologist. So Now I Don't Know Which Way To Go. A Neurologist OR Another Neurosurgeon. Any Suggestions Are Greatly Appreciated.
P.s. My Phone Is Capitalizing Every WOrd.
ThankS For Listening :/


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  • CinbadCCinbad Posts: 55
    edited 04/12/2013 - 4:39 PM
    I am in similar situation. I've been in pain with burning/tingling and numbness in both left and right arms since Oct 2011. My Aug 2012 nerve conduction studies and MRIs revealed the spine issues. My C5-6 and C6-7 are bulging and compressing my spinal cord. I had steriod injections which did nothing for my pain but created other issues that I had to have surgery for.

    I had seen a neurologist as well, but in my case he was basically useless. He told me I had a problem, but didn't identify it and didn't attempt to resolve it other than cover it with drugs.

    The neurosurgeons I saw (I got two opinions), both recommended surgery after reviewing my MRIs. The surgeon I will be using said I could delay it, but at some point my quality of life would be so affected that I would want to get the surgery done ASAP.

    I am not fond of the idea of surgery, but I have reached the point where I cannot tolerate the pain anymore. I am also fearful that continued delay could mean permanent nerve damage if it isn't permanent already. I work at a computer most of the day and cannot risk losing the use of my arms/hands.

    I am scheduled for an ACDF in two weeks. Now that it is scheduled, I am ready to move ahead and get my life back.
  • ...and ended up with an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine and sports medicine.

    When I felt tingling in the fingers of my left hand and it didn't go away, it was time to visit my osteopath - initially - who referred me to a neurologist.

    She asked all the initial questions and ordered initial tests.
    Gradually, I made my way to both a neurosurgeon and ultimately to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine/sports medicine.

    I am now about 5.5 months post surgery, I am fully functional, although I do still have tingling in my fingers. However, I was told because I waited three years to have the surgery from the time I was diagnosed with needing a C3/4 C4/5 ACDF surgery that getting rid of the tingling may or may not happen - and if it does correct itself, it may take up to a year for that to happen.

    At least my neck is far more stable and I did get strength in my left hand back after the surgery. I am really not in pain, although the tingling can be annoying. But, I know many on here are in real pain, so I cannot complain.

    I hope that helps.
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
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