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Surgery C4-C7- To do or not to do? (duplicate post see link)

chrisie1967cchrisie1967 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi y'all! Just found this site. Would LOVE feedback. About 10 years ago I was rear-ended. No biggie...I thought. Since then about twice/year I'd go get adjusted at chiropractor. Also, I was told post-accident that I had a "military neck."

Jump forward 10 years...about 8 weeks ago I began experiencing constant pain in neck/shoulders. Had xray and MRI. Long story short:
1) Military Neck with backwards curve
2) Degenerative Disc Disease
3) Bone Spurs
4) 3 bulging discs
5) Cervical Stenosis

So, basically a train wreck between C4-C7. My problem is conflicting advise.

1) Chiropractor: Continue with adjustments, massage, and traction.
2) Friend of mine who is an MD: If a surgeon cannot guarantee zero pain after surgery, consider pain management only.
3) Coworker had similar issues. Had laser surgery on bone spurs and bulging discs 20 years ago- has been great since.
4) I have consult with Neurosurgeon on 4/10.

So, to do or not to do (surgery that is)? Help!


  • Oh....and also, pinched nerve at C5.

    Pain is always there, but some days are worse than others.
  • Hi Chrisie,

    Well first off I'm certainly not going to give you medical device and I think you'll notice either will anyone else. that truly is a decision for you and your doctor to make. I would say though that the decision should be based on sound medical judgement from the experts.

    This eliminates a chiropractor and even a friend who had success with a similar situation. Wait until your consult with your neuro who is the expert after that I suggest a second opinion from another neuro.

    As for the MD friend I'm supprised by his comment because no neurosurgeon will guarantee anything like 100% pain free, what they will tell you is what can be done to help eliminate your symptoms. But as we all will tell you there are no guarantees.

    Make sure you ask a lot of questions, most likely you'll be referred for some diagnostic tests to narrow down the exact area of your neck causing the issues.

    The conflicting advice you are getting are coming from those listed 1,2,3. A word of caution chiropractors are not neuro specialist and continued "adjustments" could cause more harm than good, but they will always suggest it as it bring them more business.

    And lastly remember surgery is always the last resort after all conservative treatment measures have failed. So wait until the neuro explains the findings of the mri and explains your options and if your still want more info GET A SECOND OPINION. As you can see from all of us this is a big deal that needs careful consideration.

    Good luck and keep us posted.
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  • Thanks Dave! You're right, a second opinion will definitely be warranted! And I'm going to go to the neurosurgeon consult with a bunch of questions!
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