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SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
edited 05/17/2015 - 4:09 AM in New Member Introductions
After fighting mysterious pain, neuropathy for 14 years, MRI in my CSpine was done and. I have C4C5, C5C6 severe narrowing and myelomalasia.

I am not sure how to pick a doctor. I would like to know experience of others.

One of my friends had Fusion surgery years back and he is doing well. So that gave me courage. I would like to know stories of how to pick a doctor, what works and what does not.

MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    After working with only my primary care doctor with the initial..out of my mind chronic pain and sleeplessness...sleep deprivation which helped nothing.....
    Primary then referred me to pain management doctor. He is also a neurologist.
    PM doc immediately did further testing on me with better and more specific results on areas of my spine that were involved with issues.

    He then prescribed treatments and medication to get my pain under control.

    Even with the specialist working with me, it is not unusual to find it may take time to find right combinations of treatments and medications for managing my pain. I call it trial....and try again.
    This is to be expected since everyone is so individual and treatments and meds may work differently on each individual.

    It has been most beneficial to me to work with specialist and the ups and downs of getting effective therapy.
    But having doctor right there, working beside me...priceless.
    Spine-Health Moderator
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  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    Did you have stenosis? Or osteophyte?
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 05/23/2015 - 1:10 AM
    PM/neurologist refers to stenosis, but as the reports I've copied refer to narrowing.
    As I check with search on this site....it may mean the same....but I do not know for sure.

    Maybe I should double check with my doctor.
    But I am not a candidate for surgery. I never was.

    Are you going to have surgery?
    When you ask about picking doctors, my experience has been with my primary referring me to who she thinks is best.

    I see you have posted elsewhere and hopefully getting better feedback .
    There is a section for....stenosis....and ...spinal fusion.
    You may find posts there...even older posts there...that may more specifically answer your concerns.
    I wish you all the best!
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