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c5,6,7 surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in New Member Introductions
Just found this site. I am post op with c5,6,7 herniatied disk. I was almost to the point where I couldn't walk before surger, I still have tingleing in my legs and feet. I am walking without a cane but still not very steady. What I don't understand is I never had neck pain. I never really had any pain except the burning and tingling in my legs and feet. My Dr. says he doesn't know how much will come back and it could take up to a year for things to come back. I was orginally told I had neuropathy and went for over a year before being correctly diagnoised(sp?). I am
glad I didn't have the pain I have read that other people have had. However I am concerned that no one has discribed any of the symptoms I have had. I read about shoulder and arm pain, not numbness of the legs and walking problems. I was told by my DR. that if I did not get the surgery I would be totaly paralized. Sorry for the spelling, never been very good at that.
Dixiechick :H


  • hi, dixiechick
    Im glad you found this forum,Im sure you will find help and support here,I know I have,when did you have your surgery?
  • June 20, still having trouble walking. Not much pain, but I never had pain except a burning and tingling in my feet and legs.
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  • I started out with tingling and numbness,balance issues 2 years ago, I did see a N,S. at that time,mri showed mild disk herniation with stenosis at levels c3-4 c4-5 he said i did not need surgery,he didnt feel my balance problems were coming from the neck issues, long story short,and 2 years later my neck is much worse,and symptoms are extremely bad.
    Im waiting to see another doctor on the 14th in Madison Wisconsin,I also have appointment with another surgeon on the 18th
    how old are you?
  • I am 51. What else could be the cause of your balance problems. With your history why wouldn't they do something to help you. No one should have to go through that kind of pain if there is a way to fix it. I know my GP had a MRI of my lower spine which was neg. It seems you have had alot of back problems. This is the first time I have ever encounter anything like this, again I have had no pain except burning and tingling in my feet and legs. I am going to ask for PT when I go back on monday. I have to improve more than this. /:)
  • 2 years ago after NS says no surgery needed he sent me to have epiderals done because i also was having pain in shoulders,neck,and headaches after shots,all these symptoms got much better(but my legs were still a issue)and stayed better for say 6 months... but right after getting the second round of epideral i noticed swallowing problems that got worse and worse had to get patches for my meds cause i could not even get a pill down let alone food or water (awful time in my life) several specialist and many diff. test later they are thinking poss. Multiple sclerosis,I went for about year in a half thinking and taking meds for M.S.
    about 6 months ago these doc's are saying we are not sure about the MS thing, ive always felt in my heart i do not have MS. so about 6 months ago after having MRI"S of brain,cervical thoracic and lumber they fing no leasions (that would indicate M.S.)they see all the cervical issues, there biggest concern being c6-7 which is the worst disc and that was the only disc 2 years ago that was fine,
    i have had one surgeon tell my husband and i that i need surgery and i have no ther opition but he wont do it because i have so many things going on, for instance my swallowing is about 50% and i have no gag reflex and i dont keep things down very well,and that all would prolly get worse after surgery.my myolpathy is getting worse and if sumthings not done soon i will most likely not be able to use my legs at all,my arms are not that bad, the right is worse then left but i can use them and i do... for me surgery would at least stop the myeolpathy, im praying i will find a surgeon that will help me, im 45 years old i have a great husband 2 grown chidren and two of the best grandkids in the world,we all live in the same little town and i get to see everybody about every day im soooooo lucky,i just want to be able to stand and walk if only a little
    im sorry bout going on and on ,
    im sure you will improve as time goes on they say it can take maybe even a year get things back.
    remember your on the road to recovery,stay positive!
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  • I can't understant you drs opinion. I was not given an option. If the mylopathy is getting worse what options do they have? Please let me know what the 3rd opinion says.
    Why are c 6-7 the worse one to have? I had c5,6,7 and I got to the point I almost couldn't walk. Things are somewhat better, and I think getting better everyday. My swallowing is still somewhat affected but not enough to interfere with daily life. I hope they can do something to relieve your discomfort. Its hard to go through life with these kind of problems. I know its not much but I understand part of what you are going through. I am putting you on my prayer list and I know you will get the answer you need. >:D<
  • (many years ago i had a friend name dixie with back prob. i worked with her,she and i would put both are bad backs together and lift our heavy patients)hehe, okay now back to a more serious note and thank you for caring enough to ask because who knows you might have the right idea, though, knowledge, to help me, thanx for the prayers,just in last month and i do mean last 30 days i have seen 2 neuroligist and 2 surgeons im now waiting to get into mayo clinic,i dont think the first surgeon wanted to ruin his great clean reputation on me because i do have many things going on , i do realize that and i can except the fact that sum things might not get better(but i do have big time faith they can GET BETTER) but if they could at least try to stop the progression of the myeolopathy in my legs but this doc seems to think i do have myeolopathy but that i might have M.S. too and so they are reluctant to help he says i have no other option besides surgery but he cant do it my 3rd opinion doc is the same surg. i seen 2in a half years ago when my symptoms were just starting well all he did in the office was talk about how good of a doc he was (my hubby and son was with me) while talking to my hubby he compares me with well tells a story kind of something like this "if a older man has terminal cancer and the doc cant help him and one day he gets a huge bunion on his toe and cant walk because of it and doc removes the bunion that doesn't make the cancer go away , i was lost i thought what a ignorant doc, why in the world would he say something like that specially with my son and hubby in there like they need all this added stress any way i just cant get the reason behind him saying a stupid comment like that but then again im just another person with a problem to him, it just blows me away how a doc can just come right out and be mean i figure he must be a very unhappy man because i could feel it sitting in that room so for now my family doc has call into mayo clinic and they will get back to us with in 2 weeks and at that time they will tell us if they think they can help me or if they are even taking new patients, im very hopeful they are gonna tell me get up here and lets get down to business,
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