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I am scheduled for ACDF surgery but I have no pain.

CabomomCCabomom Posts: 3
edited 10/26/2015 - 5:13 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am scheduled next week for ACDF surgery C5-6 and C6-7 with stenosis but I no longer have any pain. I am only on 900 mg neurontin and no other pain meds. I am doing everything I have always done. Should I cancel this surgery and wait till the pain returns? Another consideration is that my insurance is about to change (2 months) and it is a high deductible plan. My second opinion dr. says it should be ok to wait. I need some clarity on this situation. Thank you

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  • DeniseO_oDDeniseO_o Posts: 115
    edited 10/27/2015 - 8:33 AM
    My advice is go for it -the surgery.
    The same thing happened to be while waiting for my ACDF C6/C7. I call it "white coat syndrome". These things don't get better on their own and from my experience, when you sound the least bit indecisive a Dr will generally follow suit since most of the time it's purely an elective procedure vs life saving one.
    ACDF C6/C7 on 05/20/15
    ...and it was the best decision of my life :-)
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    We know that doctors don't operate to alleviate pain. If pain happens to go away as a result of the surgery, that's a bonus. Surgery for stenosis will help prevent future issues arising from the narrowing of the canal. Having an issue addressed before it causes debilitating pain is a bonus! Go for it! I'm sorry about the insurance co-pays but the next insurance may deny surgery payment totally!

    Also, I've been having a lot of trouble with my left hand for years. I had no idea that it was associated with a ruptured disk in my neck. The pain is not horrendous, just kind of annoying. Doctors do recommend surgery before I lose total loss of my left hand but I'm waiting. I'm not a great candidate for surgery. I don't heal well and I have centralized pain- pain which never goes away no matter how well the tissues heal.

    Wishing you the best of luck!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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