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    Old 02-11-2012, 05:12 PM   #1
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    Cervical fusion advice :)

    Hello . Ive been suffering from bulging discs and degenerative disc disease for 9 years now. The disc between C5 & C6 has gotten progressively worse over the years and especially the past 2 years to where it's caused a ton of problems for me. Im unable to work because of that. Recently I was presented with the option of anterior cervical fusion and removal of bone spurs. I'm wondering how many of you have had it and what your experience is.

    I'm just weighing all of my options. Thanks

     
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    They want to remove the C5-6 only? That's a pretty routine operation and should not have lasting negative effects. I suppose the doc has told you that the surgery is to keep you from getting worse, rather than to make you better. You can hope to see improvement after the surgery, and probably will see some, but symptoms left for a very long time are more likely to be permanent.

     
    Old 02-11-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    Yes that's the worst of the discs. So basically it won't "heal" me and I'd still have the issues but could improve them just a little bit? I've tried physical therapy, pain meds, muscle relaxers, massage etc and nothing has helped.

    The doc said there's 70% percent it may help and it may not and that future surgeries may be needed for the discs above it

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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    Some things can only be helped by surgery. If it was a physician who pointed you toward massage, etc, then he did you a disservice. 70% chance that surgery might help is pretty good. Besides, it's not helping that the surgery is for, it's for stopping the deterioration.

     
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    Ok. So basically I should get the surgery done now before the disc becomes worse and it becomes even riskier?? It's taken me 9 years before I found a doc that would actually listen to me. Ive dealt with migraines,numbness and tingling of right arm (useless at times), shrunkage of height, problems with walking at times and legs falling asleep at times too.

    Just wanna get as much info as possible about this surgery.

    Thank you very much for your advice

     
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    << So basically I should get the surgery done now before the disc becomes worse and it becomes even riskier? >>

    That's pretty much it, although you can certainly HOPE for improvement. If you have your MRI radiologist's report, you can transcribe it here and we'll give our impressions.... or we can just assume the doc prescribing the ACDF knows what he's doing and go with that.

    BTW, "trouble with walking" is certainly a red flag for cord compression, although it's not a sure thing. Legs falling asleep - if that's what it is - strikes me as a circulatory thing, not nerve-related. Regrettably, it is possible to have more than one cause.

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    Old 02-13-2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

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    << So basically I should get the surgery done now before the disc becomes worse and it becomes even riskier? >>

    That's pretty much it, although you can certainly HOPE for improvement. If you have your MRI radiologist's report, you can transcribe it here and we'll give our impressions.... or we can just assume the doc prescribing the ACDF knows what he's doing and go with that.

    BTW, "trouble with walking" is certainly a red flag for cord compression, although it's not a sure thing. Legs falling asleep - if that's what it is - strikes me as a circulatory thing, not nerve-related. Regrettably, it is possible to have more than one cause.
    Im picking up my MRI later today. As far as my legs between my knees and feet that part is usually numb. My mom talked to her chiropractor and he said that my spine is prob just out of alignment and that itll be fixed by getting it aligned. Not sure how much truth is to that but few years ago I saw a chiropractor for a year and I didnt get any better.

     
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    <<itll be fixed by getting it aligned.>>

    When the only tool you have is a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail...

     
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    Old 02-13-2012, 01:37 PM   #9
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    LOL...exactly what I thought

     
    Old 02-14-2012, 08:55 AM   #10
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    I am very grateful for the advice for you both . I feel alot better after talking to my reg doc (who Ive had for a few months) about the surgery. I wonder if the problems with my right arm will be permanent. Will see after surgery. The surgeon's office called me yesterday and wanna do another EMG before surgery is scheduled. Last time I had it done was 2010 and alot has changed in the last 2 years with arm/neck. Still nervous about the surgery but know its the right thing to do.

    My doc kept the disc of my MRI so he could look at it so I can't transcribe it here

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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    Hello, I had cervical fusion on my C4,C5 and C6 and I can say I still suffer from pain and am now having more problems with my cervical. I really did not want the surgery but I woke up one morning paralized on my left side and had a claw hand from the discs herniating, I had to have an emergency surgery. I may need to have another fusion this year. Since my surgery I had many injections, blockers and radio frequency and still have pain. I wish the best of luck to you.

     
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    Old 02-17-2012, 08:22 AM   #12
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    That's what Im worried about will happen to me too. Wish there was a body store we could swap for good working parts. Hugs to you Emily and hope you have days where the pain isnt too bad.

    Today is a really bad day where the pain is at a 20. I just wanna cry but it hurts too. Waiting on EMG appt to be schduled but not looking forward to it as last time I had it I was in major pain for a few days after

     
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    For me having the surgery(if not all the surgeries) were worth the risks of having them. The choice is yours-listen to the horror stories and live with the pain and the chance of it getting worse or disregard the horror stories, realize there are lots of people who have had positive outcomes and are out living their lives instead of posting on message boards and go ahead with the surgery.

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    Old 02-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #14
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    Re: Cervical fusion advice :)

    Thanks again. Im not letting horror stories deter me at all. Im so very ready for this surgery. Nothing else has helped so see if surgery will. At least I know the statistics going in so I know what im up against. Im open to hear about peoples stories on fusions good or bad. I had the endometrial ablation in 2009 and Ive had tubal 2009 and then in 2002 had surgery to remove my left ovary due to a blood cyst that burst and destroyed the ovary. Almost died on that one. Only part of the fusion surgery that scares me is the fact that it deals with the spine but knowing I have the best surgeon in the part of my state reliefs me some.

     
    Old 07-06-2012, 01:33 AM   #15
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    This is my first time at a message board but I really wanted to reply to you. I fought with headaches and neck/arm pain for years. Tried everything. Doctors didn't really listen, my fault for not going to specialist sooner. Disectomy and fusion C5-6-7 on June 19th. 1 night in hospital and 5 hour ride home and I wish I would have done this years ago. Of course, I have some pain, not bad, but the horrible neck pain is gone. I met others that had same thing done and they are very happy. I had given up on life because of always hurting and not sleeping well. I know I have a long road to go but so far I am shocked at how well I feel. I had thyroid removed 2 yrs ago and that was very different story. I could go on and on but not sure what you want to know. I can not explain how much better I feel now. Good luck

     
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