I am new to this forum, but have been dealing with C5/C6, C6/C7 issues since April of this year...all stemming from a car accident 11 years ago. I had no idea I had an injury until I started experiencing radiating pain across my back and down my arm 6 months ago. MRI and x-rays reveal disk degeneration, 2 herniated disks, osteophytes and arthritis.
I've been seeing a chiropractor 3x a week, and had two steroid injections. The first injection provided relief for three weeks. The second only made things worse. I went from intermittent pain of 5/6 to constant pain at 8/9 for a week after the injection. Things seem to be settling down a little, but as you know it depends on the day and time of day!
I saw a surgeon who recommends a C6/C7 ACDF. When I asked him why he thought this was the way to go and wondered about microdiscectomy, discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy or a combination of these as an alternative, he said that a foraminotomy would not be optimal with my specific herniation. He went on to say that microdiscectomy, discectomy, laminectomy are procedures for the lumbar region. None of my reading about these stipulate that. Has anyone heard this?
I have a second opinion on Oct. 16 with a surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive procedures, so hopefully that will provide more options. A fusion scares the crap out of me.
Anyway, I appreciate anyone's POV on this!