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Went to see a Spine Specialist

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Wow My life has been turned upside down in less than a week. My job suggested medical leave so now I am home but the pain I thought my job was causing is still here!!! After epidurals(2) and PT my ortho doctor finally said he cant help me and sent me to a surgeon. He recommends spinal fusion C4-5 and C5-6 and shaving of bone spurs on C4. I am sorry I know alot of you have had surgery but i am ready to lose it. I am not crazy with Idea of someone messing around near my spinal cord (cause I enjoy walking) and I am not really for the idea of sticking some metal plates and screws on my spine. I dont know what to do...I have some chiroprator telling me he could fix it with spinal decompression and $3500. The surgeon says I have alot of nerve damage and weakness, he does not think decompression will help. I do not want surgery please help me. Tell me your surgeries were a complete success. You would do it again if you had to do it over...Im 38 yrs old and do not want keep having surgeries till I am 60 because my bones will get older and the pain will return. Im scared. Sunshine


  • First off, can the chiro. Decompression IMHO is not going to help nerve damage and bone spurs. We all enjoy walking.........and we want to keep on walking! Yes my surgery disc removal and fusion was successful, and yes I would do it again. My disc was causing nerve damage in my arm and hand. I was slowly losing the use of it. That deterioration has stopped, and I've regained almost all of the feeling in my hand. You do not want to wake up some morning and not be able toget out of bed.

    Nobody really "wants" to have surgery. Sometimes life doesn't ask us what we want. Are your problems from an accident or injury? That would give a different outlook for future problems, than if from degenerating problems of the spine. And heh, I'm 61! That ain't so old! LOL. If you don't want to accept the first neuro's opinion, get a second opinion from a neuro recommended by someone you trust. Good luck.

  • :) hi! welcome to the forum! check out the "Good News" forum for a read on successful surgeries! they do happen! good luck and keep us posted! Jenny :)
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  • And a third and fourth even. Make sure surgery is your only option. I haven't done decompression, or surgery, so I am sorry I can't help you there.

    My PCP said that surgery was my only option. After speaking to numerous people, I decided against it. I wanted to wait, and try all other non-surgical options first. My PCP was NOT happy with that at all.

    I saw a neurologist, a neurosurgeon, and a Pain Management specialist. All three said I do not need surgery. Definitely get all the opinions possible.

    As for decompression, that is a lot of money. I am not sure the success rate, but I believe there are some posts here about it you can read.

    Good Luck
  • I think that a second opinion would be a good idea....you are young to have fusion but if there are nerves involved I really don't think a chiro will help and in fact might make matters worst. I have had a fusion, corpectomy and fused C4-C7....no choice.....I would have ended up in diapers or even paralysed so I consider my surgery a success. Yes I do still have pain, nerve pain....I think this was from waiting too long....I suffered 2 years with arm pain and weakness that was never treated.

  • WOW your life has been turned upside down. Much like mine will probably in the next couple of weeks. Do you have your MRI report you could post for us? I would be very interested to read it and see how it compares to mine. I too have had 2 epidurals and having 3rd on 9/24. If the 3rd one doesn't help either, I will also be referred to a neuro. I have a significant protrusion at C6/C7 sitting on the C8 nerve root. I also have dessicated C4/5/6. That was from my 10/07 report. I'm sure it's gotten worse since then, so I'm also wanting another MRI very soon. I Have pain in neck, down shoulder into arm and hand on left side. I have some pain on right as well.

    I agree though, get 2 or 3 opinions and make sure surgery is your only option. I'd say if you are getting weakness and such, you need surgery. Nothing will relieve the pressure (I don't think) except surgery. I too hav ebeen seeing a chiro for 26 years. Yes, in the acute phases, he has helped my neck through - to the next acute phase. But it's continuing to get worse and worse where he (I don't think) is able to help me anymore. I've tried traction, electrostimulation, drugs, ultrasound and a soft cervical collar to calm down the spasms. But I live in pain daily - it's liveable pain, but my left arm is feeling weak and I am starting to drop things and getting clumsy with it.

    Sooooooo. good luck to you and if you have your MRI report, would you mind posting it so I can read it? (and the other too)? Thanks a lot and GOOD LUCK to you!
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  • It's tough to have medical issues, and cervical issues are very tough! I would say be sure to get more than one opinion. Like manalerie, I have not had surgery. I did have one neurosurgeon say "never let a chiropractor treat your neck." And, I agree. Of course, this is just an opinion. Be sure to investigate all alternatives to surgery. Surgery should be a last resort. Good luck!--Mazy
  • amanda,
    do you have spinal compression? myelopathy? i do, and three surgeons say do the surgery, one says no, and two neuro's say try steroids. i'm so FRICKIN confused and I NEED A JOB. urrrrrrr. we are going broke.

    and now i have pain in between my shoulder blades like a sharp stabbing arthristis feeling like i want to crack it but of course the doc's can't tell me if it's from my neck or not. i have small tiny bulgese in my t-spine that are apparetnyl normal for my 45 yr. old body.

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