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Spinal Cord Disorders board

I am new to the message board so a little history about myself then we will get down to the issues.
45 yo WM, Retired Military (over 20 years as an Infantry Soldier), Worked as a loader for Wal-Mart for 2 years after retirement and am currently driving for an armored car service.

I have been having sever headaches with neck pain and numbness radiating into my shoulders down my arms and into my hands for several years now, I have had CT release done on both hands (Left 1987, Right 2003), I have gone through PT and rehabilitation and have been seeing a pain Dr. since 2002 for pain management.

I have been on numerous pain medications to include: Darvocet, Darvon, Percocet, Loritab, Vicodin and now Morphine, 45mg x 3 times daily am also taking clonazapam and Celebrex along with numerous other medications not associated with this issue.

I have had 2 epidurals and 6 sets of nerve blocks done to just the c-spine region over the last 3 years, and have recieved minimal pain relief. I understand the PM side fo the house and am still working with them until I

1: Have surgery to correct the problem
2: Go crazy dealing with the pain and lack of quality in my life due to all the pain I live in.

I had MRI's done last month of the Brain, Neck Thoracic and Lumbar spine, but will just leave it at the C-Spine as of now because this is where the attention is needed as of now, I have an appointment with a neurosurgeon on the 20th of August at the Birmingham VA.

Posted results of last MRI of C-Spine done last month:

[COLOR="Red"]Clinical History:
45 y/o presents with chronic back/neck pain accompanied by numbess radiating into shoulder region and into arms and hands r/o herniation, masses, etc.


Procedure: Multiplanar, multisequence images were provided without gadolinium.

Findings: * alingment is within normal limits.
* Bone marrow is homogenous with a pattern consistent with patients age.
* Cord signal is within normal limits
* The disks are well hydrated
* Protruded Disk at C5/C6 level
* additional findings at individual axial levels as follows:

c2/3: No central canal or foraminal stenosis noted.
c3/4: No central canal or foraminal stenosis noted.
c4/5: No central canal or foraminal stenosis noted.
c5/6: No central canal stenosis. mild foraminal stenosis
c26/7: Broad based disk protrusion narrows the thecal sac to 9mm AP. Foraminal stenosis moderate on the left and mild on the right.
c7/T1: No central canal stenosis. mild foraminal stenosis

Limiting factor: Motion obscures detail on T1 sagittal images.

Impression:Broad based disk protrusion at c6/c7 narrows thecal sac to 9mm AP with foraminal stenosis, as described.

Primary Diagnostic code: Abnormaility, ATTN. NEEDED

End Report; date and time

So with all of this psoted up what do I have to expect when I see the neurosurgeon on the 20th, surgery to possibly fix this issue or continuance of invasive pain management?
Personally I'd reccomend the surgery. I am the type of person that will not deal with the pain (be it neck or my knees which also have issues) if there is a surgical option that can either eliminate the pain or make it much more manageable. I just had my second cerivical surgery in May and though the recovery was longer than I thought the pain level has been significantly reduced. I still need vicodin a few days a week - but just one pill at that time to control the pain if I feel it's creeping up. It was so worth the recoveries on both my neck surgeries to be able to feel as good as I do now.

To me it's a quality of life issue, I'm just not willing to live with it if I can fix it or at least improve it surgically.