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Old 06-28-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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Risk of Permanent Nerve Damage C5 C6

Has anyone ever heard of a time frame for increasing risk of permanent nerve damage for a spinal nerve root compression at C5-C6?
I began having a stiff neck & shoulder about 7 months ago. My symptoms increased, and I now experience neck and shoulder pain, tingling down my right arm (within past 2 weeks, even started in left arm), muscle weakness in right arm, muscle spasms in shoulders & shoulder blades.
I am terrified of permanent nerve damage, and I am leaning toward surgery, since C4-C5 is compressed and a bulge at C6-C7.
Again, I would love to know more about the risk of permanent nerve damage if I wait a month or 2 to have the ACDF.
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Old 06-28-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
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Re: Risk of Permanent Nerve Damage C5 C6

I doubt you'll find there's a specific number of days or months because each situation is different. Much will depend on how large the herniation's may be, how much literal damage etc. It's best to talk with your surgeon about it.

My first ACDF I had problems for years, not realizing it was my neck. It got to a point however where the pain was so excruciating in my shoulder that emergency surgery was done. It was a moot point, the problem ended up being my neck. I had waited a period of 3 or 4 months before the fusion was actually done due to misdiagnosis, waiting on doctor visits etc. One herniation grew rapidly from 3mm to around 7 that time. The doctor stated had I waited longer it would have been a dangerous situation, but how long he did not specify.

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