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C5-C6 and C6-C7 w/ moderate central canal stenosis

pauldasarippauldasari Posts: 2
edited 05/04/2015 - 11:18 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
This is a great place to share and get experiences.Found very helpful in lot of things. There are some cases similar to mine. I have disc herniation at C5-C6 and C6-C7 with moderate central canal stenosis mainly at C6-C7. I am 35, never met with any accident/trauma.
I am getting as much as opinions as i can from multiple surgeons (including Ortho Spine Surgeon). The first NS i visited asked me whether i would want to try for therapy or go for surgery. Well not sure at that point as i don't know the complexity and obviously I choose for therapy as i plan to avoid surgery. However i tried to get as many as many different opinions from different NS. Everyone i meet and discuss says that eventually i would need surgery now or later. Since we know already the disc is degenerated and to avoid future spinal cord compression and spinal damage which is irreversible doc's are suggesting for a surgery. I have also asked if i am eligible for Pain Management and other Conservative approaches, but no one seem to be positive about it.
I live in Philadelphia and wondering if any one from the place could suggest a better surgeon based on their experiences. I really appreciate inputs
Thanks in advance!

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  • I am 38 now but I have been struggling with this the last couple years. I don't know about yours but mine was hard to diagnose because my symptoms were so odd (weakness more on my right side, muscles twitching all over daily, numbness that is in different places different days, being very spastic, and odd reflexes, etc)

    I have suffered from neck pain for about 10 yrs now (arthritis and herniated discs) and I can mostly handle the pain but the spasticity and the tendency to fall is not something I can live with knowing over time it will get worse (maybe quickly/maybe slowly).

    Its a tough choice to have to make but if you aren't sure about surgery than I would definitely go with therapy because you can always change you mind later. I was told at 24 that I would eventually need lower back surgery and I should just live with it till I couldn't take the pain (great thing to hear at 24!). Fourteen years later and my lower back rarely bothers me but I worked really hard with a trainer to build up my core muscles properly. My point with that is sometimes you can extend the time to surgery by a long while with the right therapy. :)


  • Thanks Liz and Julie.
    Well, i tried with PT and not sure it is fully helping for me or not, as sometimes the symptoms still exists and sometimes i fell like i had no symptoms at all and i feel like i am pretty normal.
    I have read somewhere that is also part of the process and once it is diagnosed with Cervical myelopathy now or later the surgery is needed depends on how long i can sustain the pain and care my self not to have a fall or any other sort of issue that would hurt my neck.
    I am more worried now as my numbness and tingling are very less but with a surgery i could get it worse or get some other complications and issues which i dont have now....
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