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I have90% blockage C5 C6 Please help with info on whats to come

scuba47sscuba47 Posts: 2
edited 05/01/2013 - 1:08 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My doctor said today that he was amazed he had never seen 90 % blockage like I have.Arms are weak and numbness is 100% just from holding phone 5 seconds we wont even talkpain. Im wondering how bad or extinsive a surgey like this or if anyone would know what they have to do in a situation like this ? HELP Im pretty scared.


  • Hi Scuba, and welcome to the forums.

    I have symptoms similar to you.......not 100% numbness, but my arms are increasingly getting weaker and it's trouble for me to hold anything up more than a few minutes at a time. I had an MRI yesterday to see what the issues are.

    So.......is your doctor a neurosurgeon? An orthopedic surgeon? My "guess", just a guess is that you would need surgery for remove whatever is "blocking". Did the doc say it's a blown disc that is impinging the nerve roots? If that's the case, it's a surgery that is common and recovery is not too bad. I am fused now from C3-C7 in my neck.

    Take a look around these forums and look at lots of these threads----you may find some "ball-park" answers here.

    I'm just a spine patient and certainly not a doctor......I'm just sharing some insight. Good Luck and feel better! :-)

  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/01/2013 - 7:05 AM
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  • Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
    edited 05/01/2013 - 10:57 AM
    Welcome. I'm a little confused - what is blocked 90%? Your cord signal? The spinal cord itself?

    In any case, it sounds like with the arm issues, you've definitely got nerve problems. I had the same problems before my ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion). I had C4-7 done.

    First, try to keep calm. Getting all stressed out makes the pain worse. Did your doc say you need surgery? Was an ACDF suggested?

    If so, they go in through the front, move everything aside and access your spine. Then they fuse, do whatever else it is they do, then usually add a plate and screws. It sounds horrific, but really isn't. The main thing is to have complete confidence in your surgeon. And I mean completely - you don't want a bad surgeon when it comes to the spine. Personally, I prefer a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine doctor that works on nothing but spines. Mine's an ortho, but some have good neuros.

    As you read through these forums, keep in mind that you will find more bad posts than good because those that have successful surgery (and there are many) tend not to come here any more because they no longer need the support that's given here. Another thing you'll find, mostly in the Surgery or Recovery area, is that the anticipation of surgery is worse than the surgery itself. I think all three of my surgeries were harder on my hubby than me - I just went to sleep and woke up when it was over. He had to wait through all the hours.

    So, please try and give us more information. The more you can tell us about yourself, symptoms, what the doc said, etc., the easier it will be to help you.

    Take care and please post again.
  • I too am confused by what you are saying about blockage.
    From my experience if this is cord compression get it done ASP because the longer you wait the more permanate damage will be done leaving you with spinal cord damage like me which is not what I would wish for my worst enemy's.
    My profile pic show a major cord compression if you enlarge it to use for a example. Most people with compression like mine don't walk anymore. I was lucky and can walk but I have major pain for life.

    Good Luck
  • Hi I also had my disc's C3 to C7 compression on my spinal cord , I had 3 surgerys they are all fused now. Mine were so bad they gave me 50/50 change I walk again that was 5 years ago, and I am still walking thank god I do use sticks and I am slow but I still mange to get around. You find that doctors or consultants who ever is doing your surgery they usally are straght up with you so if you scared ask them tell them you concerns, my consutant made me no promise's and he told me what to expect, and he has done all my sugery's and trust him. So like Charlie said having trust in your doctor is important.
  • I haven't been on in a while. I had c5/6 fusion almost 5 years ago. I went almost 8 years with numbness and weakness in the legs, arms and hands. I didn't even know I had a neck problem till 3 months before my surgery. I found out I had 50% cord compression, bone spurs, stenosis, herniated disc and compressed disc. I was back to work in 4 months carrying mail. I still have balance issues and shoulder and leg pains. But, not as extreme as it was. I don't take Ibuprofen every day like I used to. I rarely take anything. So, there is hope. Just keep yourself positive.
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