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gmht1989ggmht1989 Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, I recently 3/12/12 had an episode where i had numbness in my face. I went to the er. Dr. comes back and tells me I have degenerative discs and to see neurosurgeon. I had mri and ct at the er. The week prior I noticed my hands were periodically going numb. I have been really stressed and figured it must be that. Since the er visit I am experiencing alot of pain in my shoulder, fingertips and feet. I have what I feel are little electric shocks that I feel on my arms, back and legs.

My appointment with NS isnt until 4/12/12. Reading my MRI and CT reports they say:

c4-5 moderately large broad based right parasagittal disc protrusion/extrusion which completely effaces the anterior aspect of the thecal sac which indents the right anterior aspect of the cervical spinal cord. mild diffuse circumferential disc eccentric bulging. bilateral neural foramen narrowing. right side cord compression.
c5-6 small to moderate broad based left posterolateral disc protrusion which extends into the left neural foramen. bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, worse on left than right.

c6-7 moderate sized right paracentral disc completely effaces the anterior aspect of thecal sac and appears to slightly indent the right anterior aspect of the cervical spinal cord bilaterally.

ct report says that at c4-5 there is a moderately large osteophyte on the right projecting into the spinal canal which may be impinging on the right side of the ventral cord and nerve roots. c5-6 there is severe left side uncovertebral spurring encroaching on the left neural foramen and mild right side spurring encroaching on the right foramen.

Never had problems before. Just trying to get an idea where I am going to be headed with this.


  • just wondering how do these appointments go. is there alot of wainting. much interaction or will he just come in and tell me what needs to be done.
  • How your appt goes totally depends on the NS and his personality, and the office/clinic environment that you will be seen in.

    With cord compression, fixing is better sooner than later, in my opinion, so less permanent damage.I had the syndrome that can develope with cord compression.

    Make a list of the questions you want to ask,ie: what are the options, need for pain control, restrictions on activities etc.

    Also a complete written list of all your meds and dosages, especially including vitamins and supplements. Be truthful about smoking or alcohol intake. If you have surgery all things can and will have a big impact on your recovery.

    Best of luck at your appt.
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  • I met with my surgeon today to go over the results of my mri. Like you, I am experiencing numbness in both hands, and I also have a burning sensation above my left shoulder blade. I was given the option of an epidural, but past experience (lumbar pain)only afforded me ten pain-free days. Therefore, I opted for surgery to correct this new problem. So, tomorrow I am scheduled for an ACDF on C5-C6, and C6-C7. I have total confidence in my surgeon and I am expecting a positive outcome, although I have no idea what will come in the days ahead. I wish you the very best with your appointment on the 12th, and any decision that you make as an outcome.
  • well he said i will need a three level fusion. he said it could wait a little while. when he found out I was a law enforcement officer it presented several problems. concerned about tussles, auto accidents. luckily i am in a position where i spend most of my time in the office and can control most of the risk. i scheduled the surgery for july 9. this was solely for insurance reasons. coming up to a new fiscal year if i did it now it was end up costing me an extra 4500.00 dollars. crazy. i spoke to the office and discussed it with them. it should work out.
  • Hi,

    I too need acdf surgery on my c6,c7. I have pain, numbness and tingling in my right hand and my right arm is noticeably weaker.
    My large herniated disc is markedly impinging my spinal cord so I was told I am at high risk of paralysis if not done. Not what I wanted to hear but it helped me make my decision.

    I am sure you want to get back to a normal quality of life soon and it's nice that things will work out as far as your career.

    Too bad it would have cost so much to have the surgery done now but I wish you nothing but the best on your surgery date in July.

    And try not to worry, easier said than done I know but the ACDF is a very successful surgery. You'll do great, just have faith in your surgeon.

    Good luck and I wish you a speedy recovery.
    Missy, 1 level ACDF C6/C7 Monday July 16th 2012.

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