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How long should I wait to have surgery done?

LauraD1414LLauraD1414 Posts: 8
edited 06/24/2015 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had my first appointment with my neurosurgeon and he is saying that C5-C6 ACDF is the only thing that will really fix my problems. I have constant pain in the neck and shooting pain down into both my shoulders and arms. I have tried physical therapy and injections. Injections worked a few years ago but the last round didn't give me much relief. At what point do I go ahead with surgery? I am worried that surgery will not alleviate the daily discomfort and pain that I'm in.

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Did the surgeon say what was wrong? Did you have an MRI? Is your disc herniated? Why is that particular surgery the only option? There are many options to deal with herniated discs, I would recommend getting a second opinion if you don't understand or are unsure.
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • I have had an MRI it showed that I have a bulging dick C5-C6 and it's pushing on the nerve roots causing constant neck stiffness, pain in shoulders, numbness down my arms into my hands. I had just the bulging disk three years ago but now the disk is narrowing the channel that the nerves run down my spin on the left side along with a bone spur on the left side. I had cortisone injections three years and they worked great, that was after months of physical therapy that left me in more pain that I started with. Then in Oct 2014 my pain started to come back again. I did 3 sets of cortisone injections with absolutely no relief. I am in constant discomfort at best. My pain management doctor referred me to a neurosurgeon, both said that the only thing that is going to stop the numbness and tingling in my arm would be surgery. I am only 41 and just don't want to be a pill popper to be able to get through the day, and lately I am taking more pain meds to get through the day than I really want to.
  • I knew it was time when my muscle strength was affected. My dominant tricep was way weaker than my left. It was C7 impingement.
    C6-C7 Disc Replacement 06/16/2015
    Bulging Disc also at C5-C6
    "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
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