Re: Cervical Bulge pain
Nochange... good grief, I'm really sorry to read of all your trouble. When you say that no one understands what it's like to suffer like that, that's just a fact of life. People can't remember pain. They can't even really imagine it. If you were to be completely cured tomorrow, even your memory of the pain would be nothing compared to the reality of it.
As for bulging disks, that's what ACDF is for. A bulging disk can't cause trouble if it has been removed. If your disk problems are minimal, and do not impact the spinal cord, then maybe they are not what's causing the pain. The docs don't want to operate to fix something that isn't really broken, perhaps?. That leaves the question of what the real problem is, and that I am certainly unqualified to answer. I hope you continue to fight, and continue to seek information, and eventually find a solution!!
Back to Cowsrock's original post, "a bulge at C3 and C4" is so vague as to require further detail. We don't even know if what's bulging are disks. Could be bulging bone (osteophytes) or even bulging (hypertrophied) ligaments.
I guess she's going to get more info on the 7th. I hope she goes to someone who won't recommend waiting, or pt, or traction, because it sounds like she needs an operation asap, assuming the problem is operable.
Last edited by WebDozer; 07-05-2011 at 08:29 AM.