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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,008
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My neck is getting worse. Had pcdf with rods in oct 08. I can no longer play my music and doc said it would get worse and there is nothing more he can do for me. PLEASE PEOPLE, THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE HAVING THIS SURGERY!!! if it is a last resort then ok but if you can live with the pain it will be better in the long run. My hands stay numb and freeze and I can no longer play my music which was my life. I do not see a need to post further. Nothing will change for the better with me I am afraid. Good luck to everyone and God speed.


  • Don't give up. You need to see at least 2 other Drs and get their opinions. They maybe able to help. Perhaps some Physio may help and maybe get a referral to a pain managment Dr. It also takes even up to a year for nerves to grow so don't give up and hope members who've had this procedure can help. Never give up. It's still too early. Take care and God bless. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Sorry to hear Mavbn;

    My prayers go with you, and I will think of you through the coming months.

    You've helped me already Mavbn.
    I write a lot of songs in Cubase5 and 'used' to use my guitar and drums a lot to record... 'used' to.

    This just happened to me in 2006 and I didn't think seriously about it, and it reflared in 2008, and a year later now I am barely beginning to begin to feel less pain and if I do 'anything' it flares badly already.

    I don't think I'll be doing surgery.

    C5-C6, herniated, C6-C7 herneated worse, 2006 first occurance, age 55, 2008 reflare, out of work 2 months, now 1/2 work for 10 months, about ready to return to work full time (to try it out, probably reinjure and return to 1/2 time or unemployment).
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  • have you had any kind of therapy after your operation? Doesn't sound like your surgeon is taking a very positive view of the situation.Maybe going back to your family doc. will get you somewhere.Did he tell you before the surgery that you had nerve damage? Maybe seeing another surgeon for another opinion would help you out.Don't give up on yourself
  • It is so hard when the surgery doesn't take care of the issues. Mabvn your help is needed here. I see a reason for you to keep posting. There are so many that thing surgery is the answer and that it will resolve all the problems. You are needed here to help others understand that surgery on the spine is life changing and life altering. while some may get through just fine others may have continued issues following surgery as yourself. I'm in that same boat with you as well. Five surgeries later and still in pain. I will not give in or let this beat me. My best experience through all this is when we went from a multiple approach. By using meds to control the pain, getting me in therapy that I could stand, and teaching me to hear my body saying enough is a enough for today. While it is not a perfect world for me it has become some what manageable. I agree with Tammy, you need to go get another opinion. While your surgeon maybe saying that is all they have surgery wise, there are other alternatives to surgery. I really think it takes a long time to heal from these surgeries not just a couple months but rather years. I had a pyshiatrist just tell me that surgery issues can go on for up to two years. I have to say I really agree with that statement.

    So don't leave us you are truly needed here so others understand the path they are under taking. Sometimes surgery has to be done to stop such things as myelopathy and or risk of paralysis. You sharing your story can hopefully help others to understand it is not a cake walk or a easy process at all. Look forward to reading more post from you.
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