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Old 05-01-2010, 07:36 PM   #3
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Re: C6/C7 Herniation Advice

I would encourage you to go and have the surgery, since you are having leg symptoms also. Any spinal cord impingement can affect things below the level of the impingement. You won't necessarily have extreme pain to require the surgery, but numbness, weakness, any neuropathy is an indication that the nerves are being compressed. I was misdiagnosed for a year, and my spinal cord was being compressed at the C7-T1 level, which affected my legs first. I had weakness in both hands as well. My experience with the surgery was not that bad. I had an ACDF with donor bone and titanium plate to stabilize my spine. Waiting a year to have it was the bad part. Especially since you are young, you don't want to risk being disabled. Look on the spinal cord disorders board for more info.