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C3-C7 disc bulging and degeneration

In this past year I have found out that I have bulging discs from C3-C7. I am suffering from severe migraines and constant neck pain. I have already done all of the preventativies such as physical therapy, medications, message therapy and now 2 rounds of spinal injections. In my last MRI I found out that I have bone degeneration between my C6 and C7. Has anyone had surgery to help with any of these issues and if so what has your recovery been like. I am only 35 years of age and I am a single mother of 3 young boys so I am very worried that if I have the surgery that the doctor spoke to me about that I may not be able to care for my children. Any advice and help is greatly appreciated........... <3
Dannessa Taylor


  • Have you been to a spine surgeon at this point? They'll be able to tell you in more detail what the issues are and what would be done to correct them if at all. If there is fusion then there will be a period of time with no bending, twisting or lifting (probably 10 pounds for at least 6 weeks) and then maybe increase in lifting over a period of time. For my first 10 days home from the hospital I was supposed to have someone present in the house with me 24/7.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • dannessaddannessa Posts: 2
    edited 03/29/2013 - 6:33 PM
    Yes I have seen a spine surgeon. They sent me to see a pain managment doctor first to receive injections because they are concerned about my age. I am only 35 and my dr said that since i am so young he would like to prolong surgery as long as possible but the injections did not work so not I am going back to my surgeon in 2 weeks. I will be seeing a neurologist in a couple of days to see how bad the nerve damage is. I am just really concerned about the possibility of surgery becausse I am a single parent of 3 young boys and do not have the help that I think that I will need.
    Dannessa Taylor
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  • I'll be interested in knowing what your surgeon says. I've been delaying surgery since I got my Aug 2012 MRI results.

    Steroid injections caused famale problems which resulted in Feb 13 surgery.

    Not sure how much longer I can delay the fusion surgery. Neck and arms are in a lot of pain
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