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Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis and MRI vs. Discogram

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis and MRI vs. Discogram

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Posted by Lisa on October 05, 2000 at 00:06:08:

In Reply to: Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis?? posted by Jim on February 25, 2000 at 03:03:59:

Jim and others: I have suffered through 4 1/2 yrs. of treatment including everything except continueous acupuncture.

My X-ray shows bone spurs, my two MRI's done 1 yr. apart shows minor disc bulge at c6-7 without nerve inpingement.

I have a discogram scheduled in two weeks. In the meantime I am in pain and my left arm is now going numb down to the middle finger.

My symptoms are textbook, however my MRI doesn't show any absolute need for surgery. A discogram could show disc pathology, but may not. If it doesn't, I'm still stuck with the question of trying surgery which is really the last resort and only untried treatment.

Did all of you who had surgery have an obvious pathology shown in your MRI or did you also need a discogram. Or, did your doctor do surgery because of symptoms and after lengthy conservative treatments?

Please respond ASAP as I'm really suffering and scared.


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