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what to expect in the future...

dmoddmo Posts: 602
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hello all
I am a male age 54 recently diagnosed with ddd, modereate to severe foraminal stenosis, large osteophyte complex and spondylosis. My major pain producer is my neck. Sharp pain at times followed by a burning sensation. Secondary to this I have off and on numbing and tingling in both arms sometimes all the way to fingers. My arms sometimes feel really heavy and I somtimes lose fine motor control in my fingers. I am set for an emg in two weeks followed by a neuro consult. What will be the end result of all this? Will it continue to get worse? Is surgery in my future? I guess I am asking for longs term answers. I know everyone is different but just wondering how others here have dealt with the natural progression of this disease. The pain from all this is mostly mild to moderate but the numbing tingling keeps me awake at night.
Thanks dmo


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,741
    Welcome to S.H. forums. I see you have your ducks in a row. The nerosurgeon should be ordoring a MRI. Then based on that he'll be the one who will tell you what the options are.
    Good luck,Jim
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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,072
    I said, Ok, nothing too bad, a lot of that normal for us at that age. So many people walk around with those symptoms and never see a back specialist. They should because it is all very manageable.

    Then you second sentence is not so easy.. As Jim said, a MRI is in order to identify why you are having those problems with your arms/hands.

    The EMG test will also help isolate your problems.

    For reading what you have posted, my personal feeling is to not worry about surgery in your near future. Instead work with your doctors to identify all the conservative treatments you can do and do over and over.
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  • Thanks for answering posts. I did have mri. I have moderate to severe foraminal stenosis with broad based osteophyte complex. I also have spondylosis at c4-c7.
  • read my blog about my ddd and my recent test the nhs have run on me, including the myelogram i had done this morning.
  • JohnJJohn Posts: 963
    edited 06/18/2012 - 8:39 PM
    R A Sternbach the eminent American pain specialist said, move forward from a known diagnosis, and that dual hand sensation is a key issue for me, we wish we could predict the future and can only use historical evidence of preceding issues with similar presentation as a suggestion of any success. You are you and not others, you can only deal with what you have, not the symptoms of what you might have, is it helpful to know what our future holds that is very subjective.

    My own Prof told me how he thought my issues would unfold and said accumulative and repetitive tasks would become problematic over time from my failed fusion. That did help me it stopped me searching for that illusive remedy that we all imagine was within reasonable grasp, it took guts to tell another person how his life would become and for that I will be ever thankful that someone had the integrity and honesty with all that knowledge and experience to illuminate my future.
    What to expect is pain and we all know how that feels, would and doctor bet his house on us getting better I don’t know, one would expect them to be positive as that is part of being professional, forward thinking and inventive. Giving unexpected news is never easy it is not what any patient wants to hear, especially when in constant pain, I want the truth, at least then I know where I stand and can make positive moves to manage my situation.
    We all here wish you well and are not doctors, we can give you many things, experience, encouragement hope, friendship knowledge and managing tools, we share all these with compassion for a fellow sufferer in pain, the road where some have passed already, holding out that supportive hand.

    Take care and good luck. John
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