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Old 05-01-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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C6/C7 Herniation Advice

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping for some advice on dealing with a C6/C7 herniated disc. Sorry for the extra long post. I want to get everything out there. I'm a 30 year old male. I used to be a runner and fairly active, but no football, car accidents, or major trauma.

About 6 months ago, I started getting tingling in my right arm while at work (desk job). I figured my posture was off so I tried adjusting my seating position without any luck. About 4 months ago, the tingling was very frequent and I also started having right side chest, back, and shoulder pain. The pain is a constant dull ache. The pain is annoying, but I can deal with it. I had my yearly physical with my primary care physician and he ordered an MRI after an examination. The exam also discovered significant muscle weakness in my right tricep and right hand grip.

The MRI results were "a large right paracentral disc herniation at C6-7 disc with severe right C7 nerve root compression and impingement on the right ventral cord." My primary care physician wrote me a prescription for oral steroids and referred me to a neurosurgeon.

The neurosurgeon did another full exam and closely reviewed my MRI. He recommended spinal fusion surgery. I was hesitant about having surgery without trying something else first so I asked about alternatives and he sent me to PT and gave me a prescription for oral steroids. At this point, my symptoms had not gotten worse except while driving. Driving is constant pain in my right arm. Luckily, my commute to work is only 10 minutes. I cannot imagine driving a half hour or more.

I then went for a second opinion. The second neurosurgeon preformed the same tests, but recommended against surgery. He prescribed NSAIDs and had me purchase a neck traction device. He also said the PT from the first neurosurgeon would be fine. I will say this neurosurgeon barely reviewed my MRI.

I'm now 3 weeks into the PT, traction, and NSAIDs. My symptoms are slightly better, but I cannot do anything active. Driving is still really bad. Continued muscle weakness. The good news is still basically zero neck pain. There are also times sitting on the couch at home with no symptoms.

Other possible symptoms... constant dull ache down my right leg. No idea if this is related, but could be due to spinal compression.

So, should I have surgery? Should I give PT another few weeks? After surgery, how long until I can play golf? Will I ever be able to go running again?

Thanks in advance for the help!

 
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Old 05-01-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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Re: C6/C7 Herniation Advice

Hi Birdman, About 10 years ago I had severe burning sensation in my right arm. I just woke up with it one day. I went to drs. I went to the emergency room. At that point, I hardly ever went to the dr. unless it was for one of my sons. It was never diagnosed, never expained. They all sent me home and instructed me to take Advil. Ok, Advil didn't help and I walked around with my right arm up and bent over my head. The guys laughed at me at work, but it seemed to help. I slept with the heating pad around it and bengay during the day with some slight relief. It finally went away. Then about 4 years ago I suddenly had severe back spasms on the lower left side of my back. Again, I saw several drs. who said to go home and take Advil. I was prescribed muscle relaxers and they didn't take away the pain. I found a dr. who had moved from my suburb to a neighboring suburb, so I went to him. This was three years into the pain. He was kind, patient and listened intently to what I told him. He did not send me away, he sent me to xray. First a back xray, he was puzzled cause he didn't find anything. Sent me back to xray my neck just in case. Immediately read the xray and told me I had to have surgery on my neck immediately. He diagnosed my problem as severe spinal stenosis (c5-7) and compression on my spinal cord. He referred me to my neurosurgeon. He told me the exact thing my family dr. told me. They told me I could be paralysed if I fell, or was in an accident. Since it was winter they stressed how important it was to be very careful. I had the surgery, it was a two level fusion through the front of my neck. He removed the discs and inserted a cadavor bone with metal plate and screws. After recovery I did not have any more pain. About a month after the surgery I did very well with physical therapy. I will say that the pain I had was unbearable, I don't know how I got through it. At the end they prescribed Vicodin. My family dr. was not afraid of abuse, but was afraid I'd hurt myself because I couldn't feel the pain.

Today, 2 years later, I have bulges at c4 and c7-t1. All of sudden, two weeks ago I had shoulder, neck and arm pain. Now I'm experiencing lower back pain too, at my tailbone. The pain is more tolerable and the same neurosurgeon is recommending an injection from a pain specialist and another MRI on my back. I've only had the MRI done on my neck. I'm not sorry I had the surgery. I'm sorry I didn't go to the dr. I now see sooner. I trust both him and the neurosurgeon.

Right now I'm just waiting to see what happens next. My pain is constant with most of the relief in the morning. I use a heating pad at home and work.

I hope my experience will help, although every case is different. Good luck to you.

 
Old 05-01-2010, 06:36 PM   #3
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Birdman,
I would encourage you to go and have the surgery, since you are having leg symptoms also. Any spinal cord impingement can affect things below the level of the impingement. You won't necessarily have extreme pain to require the surgery, but numbness, weakness, any neuropathy is an indication that the nerves are being compressed. I was misdiagnosed for a year, and my spinal cord was being compressed at the C7-T1 level, which affected my legs first. I had weakness in both hands as well. My experience with the surgery was not that bad. I had an ACDF with donor bone and titanium plate to stabilize my spine. Waiting a year to have it was the bad part. Especially since you are young, you don't want to risk being disabled. Look on the spinal cord disorders board for more info.

 
Old 05-13-2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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Re: C6/C7 Herniation Advice

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Hi everyone,

I'm hoping for some advice on dealing with a C6/C7 herniated disc. Sorry for the extra long post. I want to get everything out there. I'm a 30 year old male. I used to be a runner and fairly active, but no football, car accidents, or major trauma.

About 6 months ago, I started getting tingling in my right arm while at work (desk job). I figured my posture was off so I tried adjusting my seating position without any luck. About 4 months ago, the tingling was very frequent and I also started having right side chest, back, and shoulder pain. The pain is a constant dull ache. The pain is annoying, but I can deal with it. I had my yearly physical with my primary care physician and he ordered an MRI after an examination. The exam also discovered significant muscle weakness in my right tricep and right hand grip.

The MRI results were "a large right paracentral disc herniation at C6-7 disc with severe right C7 nerve root compression and impingement on the right ventral cord." My primary care physician wrote me a prescription for oral steroids and referred me to a neurosurgeon.

The neurosurgeon did another full exam and closely reviewed my MRI. He recommended spinal fusion surgery. I was hesitant about having surgery without trying something else first so I asked about alternatives and he sent me to PT and gave me a prescription for oral steroids. At this point, my symptoms had not gotten worse except while driving. Driving is constant pain in my right arm. Luckily, my commute to work is only 10 minutes. I cannot imagine driving a half hour or more.

I then went for a second opinion. The second neurosurgeon preformed the same tests, but recommended against surgery. He prescribed NSAIDs and had me purchase a neck traction device. He also said the PT from the first neurosurgeon would be fine. I will say this neurosurgeon barely reviewed my MRI.

I'm now 3 weeks into the PT, traction, and NSAIDs. My symptoms are slightly better, but I cannot do anything active. Driving is still really bad. Continued muscle weakness. The good news is still basically zero neck pain. There are also times sitting on the couch at home with no symptoms.

Other possible symptoms... constant dull ache down my right leg. No idea if this is related, but could be due to spinal compression.

So, should I have surgery? Should I give PT another few weeks? After surgery, how long until I can play golf? Will I ever be able to go running again?

Thanks in advance for the help!

 
Old 03-17-2011, 07:57 PM   #5
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Re: C6/C7 Herniation Advice

get surgery asap before you lose your legs and alot of sleepless nites my friend!!read my profile, and it will explain!!

 
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