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Is surgery the next option

Hi Everyone,

I was involved in a car accident in July 2012, and have had severe neck pain since. I had a MRI done 7 months after the accident to find out I have 4 herniated disc's in my cervical spine. C3/4 to C6/7.
I have been going to physical therapy for 10 months and just stopped last week because I am getting no relief from it.
I go to acupuncture which helps for maybe a day or two.
I have also had a selective nerve root injection that lasted one day. Not much relief for me.
I can no longer work due to the intense pain.
I have a appt. with the neurosurgeon again on July 24th. Do you think that surgery is my only option left? I think I have exhausted all the conservative treatments.
The severe pain has left me depressed and my primary Dr. has ordered wellbutrin. I haven't started on it yet. I've been taking vicodin and valium for the pain which doesn't really give me much relief either. I use a moist heating pad often and can't seem to keep my head up for long periods of time without resting.
Can't really do much at home. Even holding a cup of coffee caused me pain in my neck and shoulders.
At this point, I am ready to have the surgery if the neuro offers it. I can't take the pain anymore. It's debilitating.
I'm only 52 and a young 52 at that. I used to be full energy and loved to do fun things. At this point, I can't even take my boat out this summer. I know it will cause me more pain and it's not worth it.
Just wondering if surgery is my next option.


  • I have had chronic neck muscle problems, I am sure now are disc issues...my MRI from 2009 showed two full disc tears.
    I am starting to expect to need surgery to restabilize the whole area, to keep me out of spasms finally after 11 years.
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