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Large right paracentral/foraminal disc protrusion at c6-7 with resultant severe right neuroforaminal

Travis WoodTTravis Wood Posts: 3
edited 01/05/2016 - 5:55 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi I've been a member of this forum for all of 1 minute. About 4 weeks ago I woke up with a "crick in my neck". I dealt with it for about a week until it got so progressively worse that I had to go to the er. I had no pcp since I am a 40 year old guy in great health. Fast forward to last week when my new pcp referee me to an mri. Fast forward to yesterday when I got the results of my mri: I had to learn quick what a large right paracentral/foraminal disc protrusion at c6-7 with resultant severe right neuroforaminal narrowing means. My new pcp referred me to a nuerosurgeon to discuss surgical options and I am awaiting his call as we speak. That's the history. My question is should I get surgery? Is there anyone out there who has had similar results and opted not to get surgery? The pain is debilitating and my pcp has prescribed me norcos which isn't really working to any degree. I've had "cricks in my neck" before and it always went away after a week or so. Never to this degree tho. This is a real life changing diagnosis. I'm the primary supporter of a family of 4 who does heavy highway construction. I can't afford to be out of work for any period of time. But these past 4 weeks have been a nightmare. Easily the worst pain of my life. I just need to hear some opinions of people who have been there. Now that you know most of the circumstances do I get the surgery and risk (who knows what) or do I suck it up, taking pain meds, and pray this passes? Thanks in advance to any and all responses.

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  • i have pain in my lower back and i suggest for the moment that you put some ice bag on it or hot water plow it sometimes helped me to get throw the night .....i hope you will not have to go throw a surgery my advice is to see a specialist physiotherapy hope you feel better soon
  • Hi and thanks for the advise. Actually I have been taking very hot baths since this started and they help immediately alleviate the pain. But as soon as I get out, the pain is back. I will definitely take your advise under consideration regarding avoiding surgery. Especially since that is the way I'm leaning anyhow.
  • israaiisraa Posts: 18
    edited 01/05/2016 - 10:37 AM
    Sorry for the spilling up there I mean a Pillow filled with hot water i hope I could help you more wishing you will get better very soon
  • Lvn86LLvn86 Posts: 68
    edited 01/06/2016 - 9:05 AM
    I had surgery an anterior cervical disc fusion November 5 for a herniated disc on my C6/C7. I had no choice but to have it. Surgeon said if I didn't I would be paralyzed. I am doing ok. Achy stiff neck but no real debilitating pain. It will be a much easier decision if they tell you you can be paralyzed by getting in an accident or tripping.
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