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Re: Need help!
Jun 23, 2012
hi. I had similar MRI results, I held off of surgery until the pain and loss of movement got the better of me. I was so scared about neck surgery. I had an ACDF, anterior cervical disk fusion at the c4-c5, c5-c6. Being fused at two disk sites that connect, I was told of possible loss of range of motion of my neck. They surgery was successfully done in 2007 and I was pain free for 4 years. My neck is going thru changes again, and the pain is back.I wouldn't have changed my mind about the surgery even if I knew the relief was only for 4 years. Spinal cord impingement is why most doctors operate. Either to prevent it before it happens or to catch it before it gets too bad. Only you know how much you can take as far as your pain levels, the depression and confusion that goes with those levels. I was against surgery for 4years when my symptoms started, after 4 years of debilitating pain, I was frightened but willing to have it end with the surgery. I have a 3 inch scar across the front of my neck and a teenage girl thought I had tried to slice my own neck in a suicide attempt. Listen to your body. Good Luck.

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