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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all,

Just recently diagnosed with DDD. Have been having issues and pain for over three years. Now after CT, MRI and Xrays they want to do a Disectomy and fusion.

Pain has been in lower neck and left side with numbness in left hand. Now starting to get more pain on right side.

52 years old and still fairly active with snow skiing and other outdoor sports. Travel extensively for business so airplane seating really sucks!

Pain has been constant for the last 6 months and very uncomfortable by end of day. Just want to know if I am doing the right thing????



  • Did you get a 2nd opinion yet? I have DDD and some minor cervical issues with numb fingers at times but I have lumber problems including L5-S1 disc herniation. I'm going to my second Orthosurgeon next week only because I was refused any surgery by the 1st Ortho and it's been over a year I've been in pain though 11 months off work. Though during that time I saw a pain management Dr. who gave injections and blocks for pain. But mostly I'm on alot of meds for the pain and sciatica. But it's best to get a 2nd opinion Neuro or Orthosurgeon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • It never hurts to get a second opinion if your not sure what to do or your not comfortable with the surgeon suggesting the surgery.Numbness means that there is significan pressure on those nerves to your hand.I had cervical surgery almost nine months ago now and i still have some numbness issues.
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  • Welcome to Spine Health, Cadman :H My problems are worse in the lumbar spine and I have severe DDD along with a history of other problems including herniated discs and slippage of L4-5 disc. I am very familiar with the pain from degenerated discs. Back surgery is very major and something not to take lightly. I would get a second opinion like everyone else recommends. Have you had epidural injections before and have you already tried taking meds & PT?
  • Thanks for your comments. Yes I have been investigating many options. Have not had any injections but everything else so far. Both my regular Doctor and Spine specialist looked at both the CT Scan and MRI and concluded the degeneration and bone spurs are causing the pressure on the nerves and causing all the pain. They did not think the injections would help at all?

    I will get another opinion soon.

  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Did nothing for me. Too many and varied pathologies

    Good Luck ... keep us posted.

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