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Will I need surgery?

cookitimeccookitime Posts: 2
edited 08/14/2015 - 10:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am so happy I found this. My doctor recently sent me for an MRI due to neck pain and EMG results. The MRI showed 2 herniated discs of the protruding type at C4/C5 and C5/C6. It also showed moderate spinal stenosis and neural foraminal narrowing. There was also a mention of osteophyte formation in a lot of places. My doctor is out of town until the 25th and i am quite frustrated. The only thing I have been doing for pain is 800mg IBprofin 3 X per day and it is nowhere near working. I have Norco I take on occasion for emergency relief from interstitial cystitis, and I got desperate and tried that, and it didn't work either.

I know I need to wait to talk to my doctor on the 25th, but I need some advice. Does the above mean I will definitely need surgery based on others experience? Is this a definite surgery? Will they eventually prescribe me something that will help this god awful pain? I feel like a viperr is stuck to the back of my neck.

Any insight on what the MRI readout said will be helpful!!!

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So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

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Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

As we stated above, no one on the forum side of this site is medically qualified to provide you with any analysis of your MRI or medical advice. But just the word moderate many times indicates that the problem can be resolved without surgery. Of course no one can tell for sure except your doctor. Many people have this condition and are treated with conservative methods.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 08/14/15 16:57est


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    edited 08/14/2015 - 11:55 PM
    It may be helpful to you to use the _ search_ on this site, upper right on page. Type in your concerns and it may lead you to older posts, articles and or videos.

    Often times the information I receive during search leads me to more questions.
    Sometimes I continue to search, but often times I write down questions and bring list to doctor's visit.

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • SukhreSSukhre San Diego, CAPosts: 181
    Did you ever get epidural injections? I guess the surgical decision is a decision between the patient and the surgeon based on allthe medical data...
    MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.
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