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[QUOTE=SpineAZ;3560713]I had significant pain down my left arm with numbness and neck muscle spasms. When this first occurred I saw a neurosurgeon and he suggested I try Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI) first. And I did a series of 3 ESI and the symptoms were alleviated for about 18 months. The next time the same symptoms arrose I tried the ESI again with no luck and then saw an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon who suggested a C5-C7 Anterior Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) which I had in May of 2006. The only reason I changed doctors from the neurosurgeon to the orthopedic spine surgeon was that my primary care highly reccomended the OSS.

The surgery immediately alleviated my symptoms. I have had a recurrance of some of the symptoms but at no where near the level of pre-ACDF.

Thank you so much for your reply. I am a nervous wreck about having anything done. My PCP told me when I got ready to go to a neurologist, he was pretty sure they would want to do surgery. I am subborn and told him when I started hurting bad enough I would be back, but until then I would wait it out. Well it has come to the point where I am not tolerating the pain very well and the otc meds such as tylenol or ibup. are not touching it now. I do not want to take any strong meds so therefore I am up for something that will fix it, or at least make it more tolerable. I started having neck pain when I was only 10 years old. The docs would NOT even check into it because they would play it off as growing pains. I am now 31 and I know with a few more years on me the pain is just going to get worse, as it does each year. I am very scared of surgery #1 because I have never had surgery of any kind before and #2- thinking I won't be able to walk again is very frightening. Thank you so much for the info. I really appreciate it.