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Cervical spine fusion

Started by Cervical pain on 07/19/2018 9:58pm

I hav been in agony for 10 months,did muscl relaxer anti inflamation meds, cortisone shotsx just had spine block epidural relieF NOTHING worked , homes excruciating pain numbness, in base of skull c3c4,c5C6, crushing pain in neck, cant told my head up, severe headaches, continually.arms numb tingling burning, shoulder lades burning morn to nitexcant mov head up down sidewaysarms throbbing day nite, dr wants fusion, after year i cant bera pain, cant work move sleep. Im so desperate, i want to do fusionc34567, but i hears horror storys, my fear is i will be worse, if thats even possible. Im hearing bad recoveries and u really never know until its over if its gonna work, or be worse, im so scared but i cant go on like thisare there positive storys from neck fusions the constant excruciating headaches and numbness off arms and hand i cant function. Then dr says 2,3, weeks your fine but i heatx better plan on 6 week recoveryx any 5 disc fusion that went great and u regained mobility.

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Hi, I’m so sorry to hear how much pain you are in. I had severe neck pain, severe pain in my arms and fingers. I, too, tried a long list of treatments and imaging. When it got to the point nothing helped, I had surgery to fuse c5-c7. When I woke up from surgery my arms and fingers had no pain! I was cleared to go back to work part-time in 6 weeks, full-time at 12 weeks. The pain at my surgical site (front of neck) improved quickly. Full recovery of pre-op pain in my neck was slower, but by 6 mos. I was mostly pain-free. Surgery was the best thing I did. I’m 66 years old and have no neck pain, full range of motion. My neurosurgeon is head of the hospital department and associated with a major state university. Find the best surgeon you can! Best wishes!

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Hi, Cervical pain--thank you for your post! We understand your hesitation to undergo cervical spine surgery--it's a major operation that requires much consideration before pursuing.

If you're a candidate for spine surgery but aren't sure how to move forward, we've found 2 things that help instill confidence:
1. Asking your surgeon plenty of questions before surgery
2. Seeking a second opinion to confirm that surgery is the appropriate treatment

Here is a great resource that includes sample questions to ask your surgeon about your procedure: ( Spine Surgery: Questions to Ask Your Doctor )

And here is more information about getting a second opinion and why it's a smart move for spine care: ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right )

Spine surgery can help relieve your pain, improve your function, and restore your quality of life--but it's not a quick fix or miracle cure. Go with your gut and get as much information as you can before your procedure. We hope this helps you--keep us posted on how you decide to move forward!

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