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How to find neuro appointment

I ve been diagnosed with c3-c4 narrowing, c4-c5 severe narrowing, c5-c6 myelomalacia

I am having a hard time to get an appointment with a neurosurgeon. My case seem very serious. I cannot find an appointment. Does it take a long time to get a neuro surgeon appointment?
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.


  • Hi Sukhre . Yes, sometimes it take a month or longer to see a Neurosurgeon. Have you tried looking for an appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon? Orthopedic surgeons can do the same surgery as a Neurosurgeon can do. Is your primary care physician helping you make the appointment ? If he's not, try contacting him for help. How long do you consider to be long for an appointment?
  • to see a neurosurgeon but I specifically made an appointment with a guy reputed to be top notch and highly rated and published. I think one of your considerations might be the type of symptoms you are having.......Some are more urgent and might require a more persistent approach.

    One thing you can do is have your primary contact the doc you are trying to make an appointment with. Sometimes the help of a primary can be invaluable. Especially if your primary recognizes that a serious and immediate response is necessary. Good luck. I really do understand your frustration. Another approach - you can make an appointment with a doctor more immediately available and also make a second appointment with another doc for a second opinion knowing it will take longer to see him or her.....Just a "work around." Keep us posted. Kathy
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    My neurosurgeons appointment was almost 2 months away(1 and 1/2 from now). Neurologist sent me a mail saying narrowing is mostly compensated. Nothing urgent. The report seems serious "C4-C5 narrowing, C5-C6 severe narrowing, possible myelomalacia, C6-C7 severe narrowing and flattening". My primary care does not seem to worry much either. He says "possible myelomalacia means possible not 100%". I have pain in my shoulder/head and numbness & swallowing difficulty on my throat. Overall quality (pain &numbness) of life is so poor I took 50% time off from work during last three months.

    Should I avoid carrying any weights? Any precautions?

    PCP mentioned that surgery may not be only treatment. What other treatments? physical therapy? traction? Are they effective? I read somewhere that neurosurgeons are not aware that real success rate for 1 level surgery is only 70% (10% needs a redo or surgery at another level, i m not sure what other 20% are,I guess no improvement from surgery). What are the real options? Do surgery and take the risk?
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
  • I must have gotten lucky because I was in to see a neurosurgeon within 2 days of my MRI but I did have a spinal cord injury so that may have sped up the process. Have you asked if you can be placed on their cancellation list?
  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    You mentioned spinal cord injury. Sometimes that means myelomalacia (MRI showing something permanent). OR got into an injury?
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
  • Well I have a spinal cord contusion which they were hoping would clear up but I haven't been that lucky so they believe that it will be permanent. I broke my C2 so part of my C2 shifted into my spinal cord.
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