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    Old 10-26-2005, 01:48 PM   #1
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    Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

    My most recent MRI shows there may be slight pressure on the main cord. I also have Foraminal Stenosis at 2 levels starting to push on nerve roots. At this point only 1 in 4 doctors suggest surgical decompression. Each has a different opinon of course of what to do and how many levels. And from this I am supposed to decide?

    Has anyone suffered Nerve damage from NOT having surgery? or from having surgery? Fusion surgery does not scare me as much as having a metal plate in my throat. I have read extensively and fusions at multiple levels heal better and faster with plating. But those without plating still heal with the advantage of no plate. Not to get off subject as I am posting this message to find out about nerve damage.

    What have your physicians told you about nerve damage in this area? The Neurosurgeons seem to be more concerned than the Orthopedic Surgeons. I have seen 2 of each now.

     
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    Old 10-26-2005, 02:34 PM   #2
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    Re: Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

    What are your symptoms of you don't mind me asking?
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    Old 10-27-2005, 07:31 AM   #3
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    Re: Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

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    i have nerve damage in my left leg and foot and some on my right leg and foot and i have had 4 back surgerys ,because worker comp didn't ok my frist surgery and made me sit on the injury i ended up with nerve damage .so to me don't wait.


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    Old 10-27-2005, 02:26 PM   #4
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    Re: Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

    [QUOTE=notpain]My most recent MRI shows there may be slight pressure on the main cord. I also have Foraminal Stenosis at 2 levels starting to push on nerve roots. At this point only 1 in 4 doctors suggest surgical decompression. Each has a different opinon of course of what to do and how many levels. And from this I am supposed to decide?

    Has anyone suffered Nerve damage from NOT having surgery? or from having surgery? Fusion surgery does not scare me as much as having a metal plate in my throat. I have read extensively and fusions at multiple levels heal better and faster with plating. But those without plating still heal with the advantage of no plate. Not to get off subject as I am posting this message to find out about nerve damage.

    What have your physicians told you about nerve damage in this area? The Neurosurgeons seem to be more concerned than the Orthopedic Surgeons. I have seen 2 of each now.[/QUOTE]

    In the neck, the longer you wait the higher potential for long term irreversable nerve damage particularly if there is growths pressing on the nerves. The nerves can also be damaged during surgery. That is one of the risks that they will talk to you about prior to surgery.

    I don't see what the problem is with the plate...I don't even know it is there. It held everything together while it healed. I don't like the option of no plate and trying to be sure I don't move my neck the wrong way...I remember a bee trying to sting me while I was in my neck brace...I moved my head like I would have before the surgery...a normal reaction...without the plate...I don't think so.

     
    Old 10-30-2005, 01:12 PM   #5
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    Re: Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

    I have the same problem, W/C keeps denying surgery that 2 of their neurosurgens say I need it. The last doctor did say if we wait any longer the nerve damage could be permanant. This has been going on for a year and a half. I worry about having the surgery but I worry more about losing the use of my right arm.
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    Old 10-30-2005, 04:43 PM   #6
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    Re: Nerve Damage in Cervical Spine

    I have permanent nerve damage from waiting too long for fusion surgery....mainly because my doctor didn't believe I had pain and I was too uninformed to get a second opinion. In your shoes, I think the answer is research, research, research. And then make the decision that seems best for you.

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    Old 10-30-2005, 08:24 PM   #7
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    I had a severe nerve impingement in the neck and the resulting numbness and tingling in my left arm may be permanent (not at a level where it restricts my ability to do much, but a continual numbness in two fingers)
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