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Hoping new Dr. will help me

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Tomorrow I have an appt. with a neurosurgeon about my
neck. I am scared he won't take my pain seriosly and
how disabled I really am from my neck. It's going
on 7 months of chronic neck, face, arm, hand and finger
pain. I've tried neck traction, still doing PT and
feldenkrais classes, I can't do steroids anymore. I'm
on Lyrica, Ibuprofen, ultracet, Amrix and sometimes
percocet. I'm hoping to be a candidate for surgery now.
I want my life back. I'm desperate and would do anything
at this point. I don't mean to complain. I'm just
so happy this support group exists. People who haven't
experienced spinal pain don't understand.




  • I know what you mean. I have been having problems with my neck and back for a lot of years now. My surgery is finally scheduled for March 12th. Not really looking foward to it, but I do want to get my life back!

    If only we could just go to sleep and wake up and everything would be great! lol

  • That's great you are getting surgery. My thoughts will
    be with you. I hope you have a speedy recovery.



    C3-C7 bulging discs and mild stenosis.
    disc replacement L4-L5, L5-S1 2005, microdiscectomy 1998
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  • Just be very honest and specific with your doctor tomorrow about your pain. He can figure out with MRI's and X Rays to find the real problem if you will just give him a place to start.
  • 3troys, you sound like me before my NS visit. I was so sure he would discount my symptoms, and it turned out quite the opposite. Good luck to you.
  • Hi I was just wondering how your appointment went. Did the doc seem to want to help? Please let us know.
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  • Thanks for asking about my appt. It went really well. I'm getting an MRI this Tues. and it sounds like I might be a candidate for surgery. I might have to try a steroid shot first but I'll know more once I see the Dr. again. I hope I get surgery asap. I want to get on with my life.

    It sounds like you had a lot of surgeries in the past. I'm
    sorry you are still having more spinal issues. I hope your new Dr. helps you. Steroid shots have never helped me either. They are a waist of time. Will you let me know how your appt. goes too?

    How do you feel after your total disc replacement at L4-L5? I hope you are doing a lot better. I had total disc replacement 11-21-05 at L4-L5 and L5-S1 and I'm still working on getting better. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I'm in a study.

    I hope you get the help you need and you start feeling
    better soon.

    Keep in touch, and take care! Christie


    Microdiscectomy L4-L5 in 97, and total disc replacement
    L4-L5, L5-S1 2005, for collapsed discs, stenosis, spondylosis, segmental instability, and herniated discs.
    have moderate nerve damage at 4 nerve roots, calf atrified, no reflexes at ankle but can walk, have chronic pain.
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