Subject: Surgery coming up on Sept 17th
This is my first post ever although I have been reading others posts. I have both neck and back issues but currently I am focusing on getting my neck fixed. 8 years ago I had a herniated disc in my neck and while it caused pain it was something I could live with so I did. Recently (March) I developed pain and numbness in all my fingers. I did not connect this with my neck at first and the neorologist my doctor sent me to did an EMG and found out I had carpel tunnel syndrome in my right hand and borderline in my left hand. He had me wear splints for a month which did not help at all. After sending me FINALLY for an MRI he found that I have 3 hernaited cervical discs (among other issues) and that my spinal cord is being compressed and nerves crushed. I've seen two neuro surgeons and an orthoped for my second opinion and all are in agreement that I need disc fusion surgery. Anyone out there who has had multiple disc fusion (neck) please tell me anything you think I should know about this surgery because I am scared to death. The first two doctors suggested fusing 4 discs and the current surgeon who will do the surgery thinks he will fuse only 3 (see below).
C3/4 large right lateral disc/osteophyte complex effaces right ventral aspects of the subarachnoid space and effaces the right ventral aspect of the spinal cord, contributing to focal contour defect of the spinal cord, spinal canal stenosis, foraminal compromise. etc etc. C6/7 disc/osteophyte complex indents upon the ventral aspects of the subarachnoid space and mildly indents the ventral aspect of the spinal cord, stenosis and foraminal encroachment etc, etc, C6/7 disc.osteophyte complex indents upon the ventral aspects of the subarachnoild space, stenosis without foraminal compromise..... I have Degenerate Disc Disease also (seems most of us do)suggested surgery fuse C3/4, 4/5, 5/6. Doctor is talking about leaving C6/7 as is. Also herniated disc and bulging discs at last lumber MRI (but that was over 20 years ago). The back I live with although my current neck problems seem to make my back worse. I find that I can't stand still for any extended time without serious back pain. Neck/shoulder/arm/hand pain makes sleeping difficult. Still working full time.