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C5-C6 spinal stenosis with herniated disk

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,208
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi, I am new to this post and am hoping to get some help. I have just been diagnosed with a C5-C6 cervical Stenosis
with herniated disk at the same level. I am a nurse work for the VA Hospital and was assaulted by a patient. I was told by my doctor that if i did not get surgery ans had any type of accident this could end up paralyzed, this is really scary. I am on light duty at work and not allowed to lift more than 10 lbs. I am asking anyone out there for advice on surgery because I have seen very few back surgeries that have gone well, however, I don't see the patients once there discharged and don't know how they did in the long run. Please Help!!!


  • I was in a similiar position. In November of 2006, I had a mountain bike crash, hitting my head on a tree, compressing my spine and leaving me laying paralyzed from the neck down on the trail by myself for about an hour. I recovered function and was able to walk out afterwards, but was left with severe myeopathy for weeks. The doctors told me I had 3 ruptured discs and had severe spinal stenosis and that I should be wearing a C collar because any fall could leave me paralyzed or dead. That scared me, but I was more scared of surgery. For almost 3 years I dealt with horrible pain as I tried to stay active and bike. I started having some numbness in my feet about 2 months ago. I decided it was time for surgery.

    On July 16th, I had a 2 level fusion via anterior cervical spinal fusion (I was only symptomatic on 2 levels). I was terrified of surgery. THe surgery took about 3 hours and when I woke up the pain was gone. I've felt great since and one week after the surgery my doc cleared me to resume all normal activity. I started riding my mountain bike again last week and it feels incredible. I can't believe I put up with pain so long when the relief was so easily obtained. I have a great doctor!

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