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Neck fusion-New member with questions.

Hi to everyone. Hope not to repost something thats been gone over. So please bear with me. I've had numbness
on the back of my head, my neck, down my back about 1/4 of the way, across both shoulders and down both arms. I've also had neack pain. My doctor did a MRI and found that I had 4 bad disc( 3 really bad). We tried traction and that did not work so the doctor said may need to do a fusion of the 3 maybe 4 disc that are bad. Going in this month for a Myelogram. Then we will decide what to do. Anyone that has had this done would you do it again? What are the drawbacks to this type of surgery? just want to talk to others that have had this surgery for input. If this is not where I should post this please let me know.
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  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 05/10/2013 - 11:20 AM
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  • Hello Arthur,
    I have had two myelograms and yes, I would do it again if I was in need of it. It is very important that you follow the post procedure directions that they give you , otherwise you may get a spinal headache.
    The myelograms are done to see if there is compression of the spinal cord and spinal nerves as they exit the vertebre and the spinal nerves to see if there is compression of the nerves within the canal.
    This helps the surgeon determine what if any surgical procedures need to be done to relieve the pressure and at what levels.
    I wish you lots of luck with the procedures and hope they will bring you good news.
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