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    Old 04-04-2001, 05:37 AM   #1
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    C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    Hi all,
    I have a cervical disc herniation at the C5/6 and more pronounced at the C6/7 area. The doctor asked me if I would consider surgery (fusion). My answer was an emphatic no. So physiotherapy has commenced (I have completed only 1 session yet) which involves light traction. Can anyone tell me what to expect from it? Is there any chance of 100% recovery through only physio?
    Any input woul be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

     
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    Old 04-06-2001, 10:38 AM   #2
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    I am concerned that you are having traction when you have a C spine herniation. Traction can make a herniation worse. The process of stretching the spine out gives relief while traction is happening. Removes nerve pressure. When traction is released, the pressure of the vertebrae settling can be far too great for a herniation....simply push it out further. I needed fusion surgery after many sessions of traction. My pain got much worse after the traction. The NS told me that traction was the worst thing I could have done for my spine. Helped me along to the OR...did not saved me from it. Take care.

     
    Old 04-07-2001, 11:27 PM   #3
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    See my previous postings. In my case, it was a dramatic success. Not sure of your condition, age, activity leve, so it might not be for you. I had an anterior cervical diskectomy with fusion, bone plugs, and a titanium plate. I was in a collar for about two weeks (less actually).

    I am 30 and in very good shape and am very active.

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    Old 04-07-2001, 11:49 PM   #4
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    Thanks guys. I am a 31 yr. old IT support person. I do sit at the computer but not as long as some secretaries I know. Can anyone tell me what exactly the fusion surgery involves? I'm a bit paranoid about surgeries, but if it means getting rid of this constant pain, I may as well consider it.
    thanks

     
    Old 04-09-2001, 01:32 PM   #5
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    been there I am a 3 level fused cervie and traction never helped my situation sorry to say ! I tried conservative before having surgery ....try epidural yet? they helped me but did not last long time...but buy you time to think !!! good luck I had my surgery in 98 an still having pain ? good luck !

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    Old 04-09-2001, 11:25 PM   #6
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    Do you mean you had surgery and u r still in pain? Not very hopeful.

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Huntergirl:
    <B>been there I am a 3 level fused cervie and traction never helped my situation sorry to say ! I tried conservative before having surgery ....try epidural yet? they helped me but did not last long time...but buy you time to think !!! good luck I had my surgery in 98 an still having pain ? good luck !

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    Old 04-10-2001, 06:07 PM   #7
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    hey Dashmann my real name is Indian...'Kamala' no big deal here in US no one could ever get it right always called me camelia?? so I am Kam ...much easier hee hee
    now back to back I am sorry to be so bummed about my surgery but i would say it has failed (Pain wise) there must be many we do not hear about? when they are well most do not share that ! they just go on with their life !! if you are young you may just 'snap right back to your 'old' self ! I just turned 51yrs young and I was 48 when i had the surgery ..I waited 2 yrs after a minor (seemed that way at least) car wreck? to finally beg the ortho to operate ..he told me upfront that i needed 3 levels done and that it would more than likely cause me more problems down the road since it causes ..what every one refers to as the 'domino effect' well I am a perfect example ...I now have another herniation at c-3 just above my fusion ( I guess it is contributing to my neck pain presently) I find i have sciatica and I learn today I have some problems in the lumbar area ( herniations) I did not know about but it is allin a report made to my judge in an award i just got in mail an read...very depressing guess that is why no one told me ( the patient) we are always in the dark huh ...just kidding ya !! I did have a rhizotomy too ( where the painful nerves are burned out carefully also called radio frequency lesioning I believe.... it works like an epidural but ,more costly and suppose to last longer but all nerves 'regenerate themselves ' I just know i am still here whining hee hee I try to be positive and try all to remain mobile ya know ! do not rush into surgery because there atre no guarantees ya know!!but once you have tried various things at least you will have a better idea if you can live this way or need to go further with a surgery minor possibly ya know there are leaps being made in some countries with artificial disks ( they are not legal here but maybe in another 1 yr or 2(it will be ) we have many great drs here from India ya know !! I have a rheumatologist i have used off an on for yrs an internist also....well hope i have not bored you and if i or anyone else can answer ??? we will try to help ok !!take care

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    Old 04-11-2001, 06:20 AM   #8
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    Hi Kam,

    I had a one-level in 1998 which brought little relief. Last October, I had a four-level, which has helped tremendously so far.

    How long after your 3-level did you pain return? Or did it never leave?

    Thanks,

    Cathryn

     
    Old 04-12-2001, 11:50 AM   #9
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    Hi there Cathryn...sorry to say I believe my neck felt stronger sonce it was stablized thru the surgery ( my heas felt heave and difficult to hold up ) that left for the most part but i still have continual spasms and if I look up or down for any length of time well ..as they day FORGET ABOUT IT ! reading long periods and say going to a concert where you look with head a bit upward not good way to hold it sets spasms in motion i think !! at least for me I will be miserable later if not right away !! I have a new herniation above at c-3 now and I find i am lumbie now too <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> oh well as they say One Day at a Time is the best way to be God Bless You!!

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    Old 04-13-2001, 09:01 PM   #10
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    I have had 13 spinal surgeries over last
    16 years. Besides lumbar & thoracic fusions
    I am fused from c4/5 thru c/7t1. all were done w/post & anterior fusions w/my own hip
    bones. The neck surgeries were a piece of
    cake because I think I have one of the best
    orthopedic surgeon in the country. his name
    is michael neuwirth at beth israel spine
    institute in NYC. Now I have problem with
    stonosis in my lumbar region, I can barely
    move my right leg.

     
    Old 04-14-2001, 07:53 PM   #11
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    Re: C5/6-C6/7 disc disorder

    Hello,
    For 6yrs. I had neck and shoulder pain, Was told by every Doc I went to that it was STRESS "Don't worry take Flexaril and Motirn"
    I started to get a shock like sensation in my arms if I moved the wrong way. In August of 2000 I had an MRI. Results: Herneated disc at c6-7 with pieces of disc pressing on my soinal cord, Doc said one good slap on the back or a simple trip could Paralyze me.
    On Sept 9th I had the fusion, all went well, I had a collar for 6weeks.I have done real well. No meds, was released from Neuro 2 weeks ago, Don't have to go back. I'm a 38yr young female. Example of wellness over a 3 day period I lifted and moved over 50 cases of motor oil, a little sore but no PAIN. I am blessed. I hope this will ease your worries. I'm doing Great and getting better everyday. Good Luck with whatever you decide.

     
    Old 04-15-2001, 09:27 AM   #12
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    Hi Dashman, I follow postings about spinal problems regularly. I had a fall in 91 causing me multiple herniation and compression in my neck. Spondylosis and arthritis, bone spurs and so on add to my discomfort. I have constant pain in my shoulder/left arm/hand. Epidurals in the neck ease it. I am not considered a good canditate for surgery. However - you are in India from what one can gather : Do you know the region of Kerala? Have you ever contemplated Ayurvedic Medicine? These health and treatment centers claim they can help spinal problems. Have you followed this up ever? I am asking because a biologist friend who knows India really thinks I ought to try this 'alternative' medecine.
    I'd be most interested in any feedback.

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    Old 04-16-2001, 12:20 AM   #13
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    Yes I too have heard of this place in Kerala. Its called Ayurvaidya something. In fact, a colleague of mine who had a bad case of spondilyitis a few yrs ago, and couldnt sit (had to be either standing or lying down coz of the pain), went for treatment there. He's much better. In fact, he's a 100% cured and now carries heavy loads for me that I can't. Unfortunately, I am not in India but in the Middle East. I'm having physiotherapy. If it doesn't improve significantly in 2 months, I shall got o the centre in Kerala. Will keep you all posted.

     
    Old 04-16-2001, 03:09 AM   #14
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    Hi Dashman,
    Thanks for the reply. Sounds encouraging! Now, there is not one center in Kerala (which is a place that must closely resemble paradise... I was there for a couple days), but some hundred. They vary in comfort, treatment, prices from minus five stars to plus five stars sort of thing. However, this doesn't enable the outsider to judge the quality of the medical side of the treatment. And, Dashman, how far are you from Kerala? Why not contemplate going while you are still so young and active? Could you ask your friend where he was in detail?
    I've emailed a couple of places. I understand that one is penalised a little - as in any hotel - if one goes by oneself. My husband is not keen at all to be cleansed, do yoga, get massaged, eat Veg. food, be disciplined for 34 days! I am a 54 year old woman, well conserved mentally and physically (apart from spine...), bilingual (French/English). Of Irish origin, I live in France. I am a painter/illustrator. If any like-minded person - or people, why not a small group? - were interested in looking into a joint trip we could perhaps combine costs and research? In any case, I would like to go, by myself or otherwise, this coming winter. I just have to find the right place. <p>[This message has been edited by Berenice Cleeve (edited 04-17-2001).]

     
    Old 04-27-2001, 04:31 AM   #15
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    Hi Ben Hur,

    When you had your C7/T1 fusion, did it impair your neck or upper back mobility?

    Thanks,

    Cathryn

     
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