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Newbie in NW CT

jim863jjim863 Posts: 29
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
Just to say Hi. I'm new to the forum and glad to have found it, quite by accident. I had been researching posterior foraminotomy and stumbled across this site (ooops, bad pun I guess 8} )

I am 4 months out from a revision anterior cervical fusion and still am in subtantial pain. Have radiculitis down the right arm and on-again-off-again weakness in the right deltoid muscles. Orthopedist is trying to rule out everything, even though I keep telling him it feels like bone-on-bone pain. Sorry for me that the MRI's don't show anything conclusive, so I get to repeat the "conservative" steps that Blue Cross makes us go through beofre surgery is even talked about. Last week we did nerve block injections at c-5&6 with no results. Traction and PT are a waste of tme and money.

Looking for feedback on results from having had a foraminotomy (?) or a posterior cervical fusion. Is one better than the other for long term relief of pain and symptom (as if having your neck ripped open is a "better" option :S ).




  • I really do not have any answers for you but did want to welcome you to our community. You will find lots of support here and many people that have the same pain that you do. You may want to check out the surgery section for more info. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have not had your medical problems but we do have pain in common. i hope you find some comfort from the people here. good luck as you discover a pain solution. Jenny :)
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