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Old 01-03-2002, 09:24 PM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Schaumburg, IL. U.S.A.
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Lizzie51427 HB User
Re: C5 /C6 disc prolapse

Hi anitapj,
I have been diagnosed with herniated disk (C5-6) with nerve root compression and mild cord deformity. I also have right-sided osteophyte(bone spur) foraminal stenosis(narrowing of spinal canal). I had my MRI done Sept. 7, and have been to 3 different neurosurgeons since then. Yes, they ALL have different opinions. The first 2 said yes, surgery. The 3rd one sent me for physical therapy (traction). I went for 6 weeks, but this didn't do much for me...The arm pain/weakness/numbness was better, but, for me, it's the neck/head/ear pain that bothers me more...It's worth a shot, I believe, as sometimes I hear this helps some people(prob. depending on the severity of the problem. Mine is prob. too far gone at this point---very old injury). Also, like they say in all the books I've read, it's only when you have pain AND disability that DO NOT RESPOND to other treatments that you should consider surgery. Well, I've done all that, and it didn't help me, but I think prob. in my case, it's the stenosis that's causing most of my problems, so you may have a better outcome. It's worth trying for awhile, anyway. And, you didn't mention how much pain you're in...if not too bad, then you can probably get some relief.As far as surgery goes, I also read that when you're crawling to the surgeon's office, begging him to do surgery, that's when you know you really need it...I don't think it could hurt to try these other options first. At least, from what I understand. You'll know when you need surgery, I believe. Good luck! And, I hope this helps you! Lizzie