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Recent massive protrusion of c6-c7 diagnosis

Hello, I have recently been diagnosed with a massive protrusion of the c6-c7 discs. I have been experiencing dabilitating pain since around November. Numbness of hands severe shoulder, neck, pain, also horrible muscle spasms. I cannot get any relief even while taking Prednisone, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain meds etc... I've been to chiropractors, traction, injections, nothing seems to work.  Just wondering if it is time to break down, and opt for surger? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello timmur 85 !
    I am curious, what kind of doctor is working with you and your pain? ....PCP?...pain management doctor?
    Have you been referred to surgeon for consult?

    While you are waiting for responses from members with shared experiences, search may be helpful to you, upper right on page.
    For any of your concerns, you may be led to,current or older discussions. You may be led to medical side.
    The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on, also. Very informative!

    Please click on links for helpful information!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • I have mainly been working with my PCP to this point. I found a nuerosurgeon, and got all of my records over to them so now I am waiting for an appointment. My PCP seems to think that surgery is going to be my best option at this point, guess I'm just nervous about it, but at the same time the pain is ruining my quality of life. Just feeling a bit lost with all of it.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Please let us know what you learn from your consult with neurosurgeon.
    I would think it's perfectly normal to be somewhat nervous about possible surgery.
    Please remember, there is nothing ever wrong with getting a second opinion.

    For preparing for your consult, FAQs on right side of page, under ..Medical Information....  there is information about how to prepare for doctor appointments.
    Some are specific, ex..pain management, surgeon.....but I found all to be interesting with much overlap for any of my doctors.

    For me, I also bring my list of questions or concerns and make the paper visible to the doctor...either by placing it on my part of the desk, or my lap....in hopes that doctor will notice and provide time for questions during appointment.

    It may not hurt to have a loved one to accompany you. When I first was learning of my issues, I gave my friend permission to ask questions on my behalf and to add information I may have forgotten, due to all the overwhelming details and pain.
    She also took notes for me. Very helpful for me!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Thank you so much for all of the info it is very much appreciated! My nuerosurgeon appointment is set for 6/9 so I will know more about my next steps then.  I was filling out short term disability paperwork, and had to take a portion of it to my PCP to fill out, and when I read the diagnosis section of the paperwork it seems that there is also a massive herniation/protrusion of the c-5 as well. Thank you again for the info and I will be sure to let you know how I make out when I see the specialist.
  • Hello, just wanted to update. I was able to get into one of the best nuerosurgeons in my area. Went and saw him today after having an updated MRI done he has decided to schedule me for a single level ACDF at the C6-C7 discs. I will be sure to post updates during my recovery. 
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    It is very good to hear that you have found a neurosurgeon who you are comfortable with and trust!
    I wish you the very best!

    Some reading that may be of interest to you..... Post Op Must Haves Important actions to take before you leave the hospital  , Recovery the most important phase - patience!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  •  Hello, just wanted to update real quick. I went and had an ACDF on my C6-C7 Tuesday morning. I stayed overnight in the hospital, and was able to leave the next morning.  I have had immediate relief from the pain, and numbness in my left arm!!! I am still in early stages of recovery, but so far I am very pleased with the outcome!  Thank you for all the support !
  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 463
    Congrats on your acdf. Good luck with your physical therapy. 
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