... Hi and thanks for your reply. The surgeon I will see is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who deals with cervical and degenerative disorders and trauma. How long i will be waiting to see him i don't know, but my neurologist referred me already to him and he may have spoken with him and showed him my MRI because he said he is his colleague.
I have another problem that could... (4 replies)
... One thing you want to be sure of, especially if surgery is recommended is that your surgeon is not jus a general orthopedic surgeon, but a spine specialist. ... (4 replies)
... Hello and thank you again for your reply.
I did ring the place where i had the MRI done to ask how much compression i do have, and they told me i need to go to my GP and discuss results, and that they will only give that information if my GP requests it from the radiologist.
I am going to my GP today and i will ask about this. Also they told me that this report and MRI... (6 replies)
... Hello and thank you for advice. I will try and get to see a spine specialist as soon as i can. I am due to see my GP this afternoon to see what she has to say about it. ... (6 replies)
... I'll tell you, that if it were me, I'd try to get in earlier than March. For one thing, spine specialists tend to be pretty busy people and it may take a couple weeks or more to get an appointment. ... (6 replies)
... I would suggest you make an appointment with a spine specialist now as it will take quite awhile to get in, especially as a new patient. ... (6 replies)
... I'm sure if Myleopathy is the cause he should refer me to a spine specialist who deals with spinal disorders. ... (6 replies)
... There are 7 vertebrae in your cervical spine. C1 at the base of your skull through C7 at the bottom of your neck (roughly). Between each of the pairs of vertebrae (c1/c2, c2/c3 etc) there are spongy discs that provide cushioning and ease of movement. In your case the discs between C3/C4, C4/C5, C5/C6, C6/C7 are protruding backward into the space for the spinal cord. There is... (6 replies)
... Hi and thanks for your reply.
At least the ball is rolling, i live a long way from my neurologist, and he took the liberty to refer me before I see him personally in March. The surgeon I will be seeing is an excellent surgeon according to my Neuro' s letter and he works with him also so that's good to know.
Again thanks for your feedback, I am very thankful.
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... Thanks for the update! I hope you like the orthopedic spine surgeon and that you will get a proper diagnosis and plan of treatment. ... (4 replies)
... I don't know if there have been studies on this but I have also been a software engineer for the past 25 years and have significant spine issues. Posture is a huge issue for us. ... (6 replies)
... At least by going to a spine specialist they can decide what it is best to do. Was surprised my GP didn't make much of it. I will be on to my GP on Tuesday to refer me. ... (4 replies)
... Given all that you've said, I would try to get in to see a spine specialist as soon as possible. Is it an insurance thing that requires the referral? ... (4 replies)
... I am sure the compression must be causing some of my symptoms, I will only be able to see a spine specialist if i get a referral letter from my GP, which i could ask for, but i feel she wants to wait for the Neuro to decide what the next step should be. ... (4 replies)
... Are you not able to make an appointment with a spine specialist on your own? ... (4 replies)
... If hope my NEURO will have the answer in March and refer me to a spine specialist for help. Don't know what else to do but Wait. ... (4 replies)
... That is an enormous fusion. I would get several opinions from both neuro and ortho spine specialist surgeons. These are surgeons who have specialized training in the spine and limit their practices to spinal issues. ... (1 replies)
... My Neuro requsted this cervical spine MRI, and these are my results. ... (6 replies)
... I'll find out when I get the report. I think I may be better off NOT removing it. Surgery in that area has a high incidence of motor nerve damage. And if they remove it, a tougher scar tissue may form anyway.
With some surgeries, you just trade one problem for another. My posterior cervical decompression for stenosis at C5 and C6 worked poorly. (2 replies)
... C sight lists cervical spine instability as a contraindication for surgery with the artificial disc. I would definitely discuss that with your surgeon. ... (5 replies)