Hello everyone, I have enjoyed these forums greatly for the last month or so, so i figure I would post about my journey through this hell we call neck pain lol.
I have been experiencing the normal neck pain, burning delt, tricep and forearm. some rare numbness in the fingers and alot of left arm weakness. So after the usual Family Doctor visits of shots, muscle relaxers, PT....all of which with no success, I had my MRI and saw an Ortho last week who I scheduled to have a C5/C6 Discectomy and Fusion with Dec 4th. My MRI showed a C5/C6 Disc Extrusion and Protrusion, with Moderate Stenosis with Mild Cord Deformity and a slight bulge at C6/C7.
The little Pain in my neck lol http://gyazo.com/9855824550121f892c1da21a95cbc46c
So I decided to see a neurosurgeon at the facility my wife goes too (she has a small tumor in the spinal column) and also another Ortho who has a great reputation but is 40 minutes away
This week I will see the Neurosurgeon tomorrow (tues), Great Ortho the next day (weds) and then I guess I should make a choice on who I want to chose cause on Thursday I have pre-admission testing for the already scheduled surgery on the 4th.
This is such a nerve racking experience, its like I'm choosing a stranger who will dictate the rest of my life. Im a 37 yr old male who is in good shape. I run, lift weights and always doing something physical to a guy has to lay down and take it easy to ease the arm pain. Its funny I tell the doctors 8 weeks ago i was bench pressing 300 lbs and today I have trouble getting milk out of the fridge with my left arm.
Im certain all doctors will say surgery which if needed im fine with. Im just worried that I will chose the wrong guy. The doctor im scheduled with seems nice has about 13 yrs experience, the group he is with I know people who have come out of the surgeries worse off, the neurosurgeon is very qualified but only in practice for a year and actually specializes in brain surgery. The last guy is supposed to be one of the best, people say he fixes the other doctors mistakes, but travel seems like a pain.....Ill keep you guys updated on my story as it progresses