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Compressed Nerves C6/7 & C7/T1

edited 11/02/2015 - 8:31 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone else had surgery because they have compressed nerves in the neck. Specifically I have my left and right nerves compressed at level C6/7 and other issues there. My C7/T1 nerve id compressed slightly on the right. I have already had an artificial disc replacement at C5/6 in 2013, but it needed to be replaced straight away as my disc was pushing on 50% of my spinal cord and tearing.
My Dr suggest I have injections in my neck first before surgery and i agree. I have to see my neuro Surgeon dec 2015, which is not that long to go. I have not seen him since my surgery and scared he may say you need surgery. So If any one has had surgery for compressed nerves can you please let me know how long you had the nerves causing pain, what did you do before surgery to try and help it.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Your asking about surgery, I thought that my first surgery would be a cure all for the numbness AND the pain, but I had no choice in surgery, because I had to have the numbness gone to be able to use my arm again, my right, to be able to work or anything. But I did try the spinal injections at the discs involved. I had several of them with little or no effect. But for some people they do work for months sometimes years. I definately would try injections but that AND surgery is to be well thought out and talk to more than one GOOD neurosurgeon in your community. In my case, 10 years down the road after my c-4/c5 disectomey with fusion, I now have bone spurs and the discs above and below now need the same treatment they tell me. Some people it doesn't do this to. It ultimately is a gamble, I don't care what anyone says. Sometimes the compressed nerves are permanately damaged, and relieving the pressure is good, and helps some as in my case, but doesn't end the pain. Just take your time and explore all the options I've told you about, then surgery, I think is always last, after everything else. Good Luck and God Bless.
    Steven A. Collins
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