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I an in Constant severe neck/back/head/shoulder/arm pain for more than 2 years since head injury. Head has improved but severe cervical and related upper back/arms/shoulder stiffness with 24x7 pain. Some releif when I lie down otherwise severe pain in vertical position. Arms/Shoulder are weak, numb and painful (shoulder in particular)

PT/Medication etc. dont help much- Never tried acupuncture or chiropractor.

1) Is cervical traction (at home or with PT) useful? Can it harm?
2) How about Acupuncture and Chiropractor?
3) Do I need Cervical surgery- if I delay, Can I be Paralyzed? How long can I wait?

MRI Cervical:

-Reversal of normal lordosis. Small Hemangioma in T1 Vertebra. Mild Spondylosis in multiple levels in Cervical spine


-C3-C4: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which effaces anterior thecal sac but doesnt deform cord. Moderate narrowing of right neural foramen
-C4-C5: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which is INDENDTING the central cord. Moderate to severe left foraminal stenosis. Minimal narrowing on right
-C5-C6: Small broad base disc/osteophyte complex which indents but does not efface anterior thecal sac. Mild Narrowing of left neural foramen
-C6-C7: Left sided disc/osteophyte complex which moderately narrows left neural foramen. No significant spinal stenosis.

Spinal cord signal is normal throughout.

CT Cervical:

Bilateral uncovertebral joint spurs at C3-C4. C4-C5 and very minimal at C5/C6 and C6/C7. Spurs are moderate on right and small on left.

MRI Thoracic:
Slight Right curvature to spine- Mild Scoliosis (mild Levoscoliosis of lower thoraic spine and mild dextroscoliosis of cerviothoracic junction)

Otherwise normal.

EMG

Bilateral chronic cervical radiculopathy at C5/C6/C7



NS wants to proceed with Surgery; Ortho surgeon wants to wait for sometime with conservative approach.

Any feedback/help would be appreciated. Thanks so much
[QUOTE=SpineAZ;4068599]What type of surgery are the recommending?[/QUOTE]

NS is recommending C3-C4 and C4-C5 decompression. Remove the disc and replace with cadaver bones. Does MRI report warrant it?

Spine surgeon recommends ACDF at C4-C5 but is not 100% sure presently and notes weakness in thoracic spine and arms. Recommends sequential stimulator and cervical traction unit at this time.

I have severe pain in entire upper body- neck and head are the epicenter and includes back and shoulders. Weakness in arms. Issues with eyes and ear too and weakness in right face (right shoulder//arm more weak).

Vicodin/Lyrica/Zanaflex/Mobic/Soma/Flexeril/Savella/Cymbalata, PT etc. do not help much- temp relief that shoots back

I have been completely submerged in pain and forgotton how to live without pain now-

Is surgery warranted based on MRI/CT/EMG reports? Any alternatives? Will surgery lower pain level?
[QUOTE=bgs;4068560]I an in Constant severe neck/back/head/shoulder/arm pain for more than 2 years since head injury. Head has improved but severe cervical and related upper back/arms/shoulder stiffness with 24x7 pain. Some releif when I lie down otherwise severe pain in vertical position. Arms/Shoulder are weak, numb and painful (shoulder in particular)

PT/Medication etc. dont help much- Never tried acupuncture or chiropractor.

1) Is cervical traction (at home or with PT) useful? Can it harm?
2) How about Acupuncture and Chiropractor?
3) Do I need Cervical surgery- if I delay, Can I be Paralyzed? How long can I wait?

MRI Cervical:

-Reversal of normal lordosis. Small Hemangioma in T1 Vertebra. Mild Spondylosis in multiple levels in Cervical spine


-C3-C4: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which effaces anterior thecal sac but doesnt deform cord. Moderate narrowing of right neural foramen
-C4-C5: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which is INDENDTING the central cord. Moderate to severe left foraminal stenosis. Minimal narrowing on right
-C5-C6: Small broad base disc/osteophyte complex which indents but does not efface anterior thecal sac. Mild Narrowing of left neural foramen
-C6-C7: Left sided disc/osteophyte complex which moderately narrows left neural foramen. No significant spinal stenosis.

Spinal cord signal is normal throughout.

CT Cervical:

Bilateral uncovertebral joint spurs at C3-C4. C4-C5 and very minimal at C5/C6 and C6/C7. Spurs are moderate on right and small on left.

MRI Thoracic:
Slight Right curvature to spine- Mild Scoliosis (mild Levoscoliosis of lower thoraic spine and mild dextroscoliosis of cerviothoracic junction)

Otherwise normal.

EMG

Bilateral chronic cervical radiculopathy at C5/C6/C7



NS wants to proceed with Surgery; Ortho surgeon wants to wait for sometime with conservative approach.

Any feedback/help would be appreciated. Thanks so much[/QUOTE]

I have not read through all the posts, however your condition seems very similar to mine, I have tried cervical traction, in numerous different forms...at one point I was attaching bungee cords to my neck collar and hanging them from a pole in my door way, then would just bend my knees and wait a while...I have also had ones that pump up, plastic ones, been given traction at physio and chiro...to be honest the traction felt great while I was in the device, but afterwards, my pain seemed worse... (I would never suggest anyone try traction themselves at home, it is very easy to make a mistake!)but I have also heard success stories, every person is different. I hope it works for you and you do not require surgery.

gentle hugs,
Zoey.
[QUOTE=bgs;4068560]I an in Constant severe neck/back/head/shoulder/arm pain for more than 2 years since head injury. Head has improved but severe cervical and related upper back/arms/shoulder stiffness with 24x7 pain. Some releif when I lie down otherwise severe pain in vertical position. Arms/Shoulder are weak, numb and painful (shoulder in particular)

PT/Medication etc. dont help much- Never tried acupuncture or chiropractor.

1) Is cervical traction (at home or with PT) useful? Can it harm?
2) How about Acupuncture and Chiropractor?
3) Do I need Cervical surgery- if I delay, Can I be Paralyzed? How long can I wait?

MRI Cervical:

-Reversal of normal lordosis. Small Hemangioma in T1 Vertebra. Mild Spondylosis in multiple levels in Cervical spine


-C3-C4: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which effaces anterior thecal sac but doesnt deform cord. Moderate narrowing of right neural foramen
-C4-C5: Broad base disc/osteophyte complex which is INDENDTING the central cord. Moderate to severe left foraminal stenosis. Minimal narrowing on right
-C5-C6: Small broad base disc/osteophyte complex which indents but does not efface anterior thecal sac. Mild Narrowing of left neural foramen
-C6-C7: Left sided disc/osteophyte complex which moderately narrows left neural foramen. No significant spinal stenosis.

Spinal cord signal is normal throughout.

CT Cervical:

Bilateral uncovertebral joint spurs at C3-C4. C4-C5 and very minimal at C5/C6 and C6/C7. Spurs are moderate on right and small on left.

MRI Thoracic:
Slight Right curvature to spine- Mild Scoliosis (mild Levoscoliosis of lower thoraic spine and mild dextroscoliosis of cerviothoracic junction)

Otherwise normal.

EMG

Bilateral chronic cervical radiculopathy at C5/C6/C7



NS wants to proceed with Surgery; Ortho surgeon wants to wait for sometime with conservative approach.

Any feedback/help would be appreciated. Thanks so much[/QUOTE]
I couldn't live without my traction unit. It relieves the majority of my pain instantly!





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