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3 level fusion c3 to c7

I already has a lower fusion l4 l5 which worked out Great. Now i am looking at another surgery c3 to c7. My Headaches have been increasing. I have ben to four different surgeons.. three out of 4 say i need the surgery. I am very afraid i know i will lose movement and they told me that the nerve damage i have may be what i am left with. This has been going on for 3 years now and only seems to be getting worse. I have done therapy, chiropratic care, injections, nerve root burn, pain managment (to which they keep uping my my meds over the years), and finally botox. 41 needles in my head within a matter of mins. Which gives me a headache in itself for 4 days. Please anyone who has been thru this surgery comment. I am a single mother of a 3 year old, i am also dropping things, cant feel my right arm any more, getting confused and my legs sometimes dont want to work right.
charlene boncal
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  • Tired of the painTTired of the pain Posts: 197
    edited 03/11/2014 - 5:42 PM
    And I am afraid that if you haven't waited too long you may end up like me. I have permanent nerve damage at the root that continued after the surgery. The nerve damage and pain sucks. But if you don't have it you will end up paralyzed.
    My surgery was not successful because I tried alternative treatments too long
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,646

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • I did wait to long with my lower back and am stuck with perm. nerve damage in my right leg.. I am going to move forward with my neck surgery but i am so afraid of the pain since my last surgery hurt so bad. could you please tell me about your expierence after your surgery and i am also sorry to hear it did not take
    charlene boncal
  • It surprised me, but I did learn to stay ahead of the pain with the meds. I was very afraid of hurting myself again so I probably put myself through some unnecessary muscle stiffness.
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