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Old 03-03-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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Epidural Steroid or Surgery

I had an MRI last week which showed a broad based disc bulge at C5 C6 that is flattening my spinal cord, with moderate central canal stenosis. The report also said suggestive of chronic myelomalacia. I have been haveing problems with my hands falling asleep, weakness in my right hand, and an electric shock like feeling down my left arm and fingers when I turn my head a certain way. I really do not want to have surgery and I'm wondering if anyone has had any luck with epidural steroid injections to take away the inflammation enough to take the disc away from the spinal cord. It seems as if most things that I have read have said that if there is myelomalacia from the disc bulge, surgery is recommended. If surgery is needed would laser surgery be an option?

Thanks for any information or insight!!!

 
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