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Finally! Something Happening

GreyEagleGGreyEagle Posts: 350
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
=D> Finally, my NS office called and scheduled another MRI. They had tried me in a Closed MRI but I didn't quite fit far enough in. They have me scheduled for next week in an Open MRI that they say has a much stronger magnet than the one I had done in June.

The team where I tried the Closed MRI said my NS is very particular about the clarity and quality of the films. I am happy about that. He did get as far as to decide I need surgery on the C5-C6 level. He just wasn't sure if it should be Foraminotomy or ACDF. The former they go in from the back of my neck, make more room for the C6 nerve root, trim the disc with high speed drill. That's my understanding.

He did talk about the possibility of ACDF on that level too. As it is now I have this next MRI this coming week then I see my NS on Nov 4th. On that date I hope he finally comes to a surgical decision so we can get this taken care of.

Sure takes a lot of time waiting sometimes, don't it?

Ken GreyEagle


  • I think the waiting and worrying is worse than the actual surgery. :''( Hopefully the MRI will go well, and your neuro will have some clear pic's, so he can decide what he (and you) want to do. Waiting is so hard. Hang in there, Nov 4 will be here before you know it.

  • Thanks for your comments Maggie! I also have type 2 diabetes. I have peripheral neuropathy. I take meds for my diabetes since diagnosed 10 yrs ago. No insulin to inject yet.

    Yep, it is probably harder waiting and wondering before the surgery then after. I keep wondering if he is going to do a C5-C6 ACDF or go in from the back of my neck and do the disc trimming, etc.

    Well, I'll find out Nov 4th it looks like.

    Thanks again!

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  • grey eagle
    i had posterior c1 c2 fusion. just giving u an honest experience . . . ..it hurt like hell. they do tear up lots of soft tissue that will eventually heal but be prepared. have it all done at once.
    the pain subsides in ten days. right now i am six weeks post op and have no pian at all. i do not even take muscle relaxers.
    do what u gotta do. we will help u through it.
  • I'm so happy for you!
    I feel like your getting One Step Closer to your Goal.
    And if it takes one foot forward at a time then that's what we you have to do.
    We all know what stepping backwards is like, Its about time you get to take one step forward and then many steps ahead will come.

    I have said it before but I will say it again. GOOD 4 YOU!

    Blowing A Lucky Ladybug wish to you Ken
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