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C5 C6 Fusion
Oct 19, 2005
I have a question...
I was in a car accident on 9-15-2004 we were rear ended while stopped in traffic. I found out in Jan 05 that i have a c5-c6 disc problem. I have been thru physical therapy, epidural shots, steroid shots, trigger point shots, steriod pills. I have pretty much done it all, and i take alot of medicine also. I saw a neurosurgeon recently and he wanted to do traction and more phys. therapy, i did it for a while and it hurt more, so i decided i was going to get a second opinion. This doctor is supposed to be the best around the town im from. He said that my disc is ruptured and that im a great candidate for surgery, c5-c6 fusion, and that if i dont have the surgery the area will calcify, and will form a bone spur and i will be in much more pain than im in now. Im only 22. He said that is a great thing for me because im young and my body should heal very well. Now ive been reading all of these posts on here and the majority that ive read, some people get worse or no change, even after the surgery. Now there are a few on here that have had a great expierence with the surgery. I am a blackjack dealer and am constantly bending over a table dealing cards. he said that i will be off for 6wks-3 months. Has anyone else had this done, with positive results. I mainly have neck pain and headaches, some numbness and tingling, but thats very rarely. For the most part i have the neck pain and pain in my upper back. Im just not sure if it is worth having surgery, i know i can handle my pain now, and i was ready to settle my case, until he told me about the bone spur. I dont want to get worse, and he said if i wait too long then my body will get used to the pain, and even if he fixes it that my body will still produce the pain that im having. There are just so many risks with the surgery, im just not sure if its worth being in a worse condition, if anyone can help it would be much appreciated.
Re: C5 C6 Fusion
Oct 22, 2005
Sounds like you have a herniation that is pressing on the nerves. My doctor told me that herniations will go away in about 2 years but a bone spur will not. It depends on how bad the never is being pinched. I had a C6/7 decompression surgery in 2003 due to major nerve compression. I think the physical therapy can sometimes make things worse as it always seemed to for me. In July 04 I was also rear ended and then I started having pains in August that got worse and worse. The Nov MRI then showed a herniation and large bone spur at C4/5 as well as a herniation C7/T1. The 4/5 is causing me a lot of pain and soon I will have it fused. Like Vernonika said not getting it done in some cases like hers and mine could cause permanent paraylsis. I already have permanent nerve damage from the original incident. A neurologist should know what he is talking about but seeking a second opinion is always great. Also my first doctor told me the disk above and below will weaken after surgery and in my case he was right as both above and below my neck are now damaged from a minor accident. You may qualify for a disk replacement at your age. I am not sure if they are doing cervical ones yet or not.

At your age you don't want to do something you can wait to do, however, with your job and all the standing and leaning over it my eventually be a neccesity. The upper back pain and neck pain do not go away. And pain pills do not heal bone. And with those dang headaches nothing works but time. A cervical headache is the worse and longest pain I have ever had.

Do not settle your case yet. You are not healed and the costs and the after affects of either surgery or waiting for it need to be covered by who hit you. If you decide to make sure all medical expenses are covered for life in regards to this. You should be covered for lost wages.

Good luck...





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