Re: I need some help! Multiple cervical disc herniation's requiring surgery soon!
Hi DG: I just read the post above mine after I wrote you. My neck fusion DID go okay, by the way. However, it was at only one level! You have all the symptoms of this type problem. Understand when dealing with the neck, you MUST have some type of decompression on that main spinal nerve. (That is the never that if it is cut, a person is paralyzed). Your fusion may not totally get rid of your pain; your fusion would save your main spinal nerve from permanent damage. In the low back, there is NO main spinal cord, only little nerves that go into the sciatic nerves to use your legs. Your neck is different in that respect. My problem is that having my low back and neck (and now recently mid-back) is getting to be too much for me in so many places. HAZ is just like me in that respect. Please do not be terribly disappointed if your pain does not totally go away. Much of my pain is caused by arthritis in the facet joints (the small openings that the little nerves pass through from the main spinal cord). This is what is causing my arms to burn (mainly my left). I sure hope you read this; as in Florida it is rather late. I also had a huge bone spur poking into my main spinal nerve. I had the disk herniation on the right side and I saw the MRI and that totally herniated disk and that big spur was majorily pressing on my main spinal nerve. I really hope you visit this site one more time tonight or tomorrow. I've been laid up due to epidural steroid shots in my lumbar L4-5 area, plus, as stated, my legs have been getting numb. I sat around so much this past winter due to a major depressive situation that came up in our lives and now I have an additional problem. (Oh, I love it when our tax dollars work to torture us a little more)!!!