Hello, I'm not sure why I waited so long to join but I wanted to in case I had questions or if I could be of any support to anyone else. I will share a little of my story. Approx 2 1/2 years ago I began having right neck and scapular pain. I had some mild bulging discs and arthritis per MRI. I continued flight nursing which included frequent lifting but was told it was okay by my doctor. Fast forward a couple years and in jan I started having some hand tingling and mild scapular pain. MD did an EMG and said mild carpel tunnel. The numbness and tingling began to worsen as well as relentless right scapular, neck, and shoulder pain. I requested a repeat MRI. I had bone spurs at most levels. Bulging disc at c5-c6 but no nerve impingement. At c6-c7 it was herniated as well as compressed by bone spur and foraminal narrowing. We did two nerve root injections that helped the day of thanks to the anesthetic. I had lost most tricep strength. First doctor I saw recommended fusion but never mentioned disc replacement. I saw a second dr in the same group who gave me both options but recommended the replacement because I'm only 36 years old. So far so good and not one inkling of numbness or tingling since surgery last week. My biggest piece of advice is always trust your gut instinct.
C6-C7 Disc Replacement 06/16/2015
Bulging Disc also at C5-C6
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