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RonRovinRRonRovin Posts: 1
edited 01/10/2016 - 6:20 PM in New Member Introductions
and so i'm waiting for a spinal fusion with decompression. i had been admitted to the hospital with a painful stiff neck, and the doctors ruled out a tia and recommended that i follow up with a neurologist. the stiff neck got better, but i followed up with a neurologist - got my spinal x-rays, ct scan and mri as well as an emg.. he diagnosed me with a neuropathy affecting my feet and a severe problem at c5,6 and7. he explained it as being degenerative in nature and caused by age. the recommendation was surgery. i followed up with a neurosurgeon who wanted me to take all the radiology tests over at his hospital. i complied, and after an examination and a lengthy discussion about my problem, he convinced me that while the surgery was not an emergency at this time, it was urgent that i have it sooner than later. the purpose of the surgery is to keep the problem from getting worse, and might not alleviate the current symptoms. at this time the symptoms are pain in my shoulders and arms, pins and needles in my fingers, and neck pain. he is also attributing my difficulty walking to the same problem. this week i am seeing my cardiologist to discuss the surgery, and in two weeks i will see my primary doctor to do some preoperative testing.. assuming that i don't turn tail and run the other way, the surgery is scheduled for the middle of february. i have been told that i will be in the hospital for about 3 days and not able to be in a car for 3 weeks after which i will not be able to drive for 3 months. depending on what i need other recommendation will be made as i need them. i hope to learn a lot about my problem between now and the middle of february. any help will be appreciated. knowledge and understanding will be a big help as i deal with my anticipation and concerns.

welcome to spine-health

while you may have provided us with some information, there is always more to provide.

one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
  • . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
  • . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
  • . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
  • . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

please take a look at our forum rules: forum rules

i also strongly suggest that you take a look at our faq (frequently asked questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to faq there you will find much information that will
  • - help you better utilize the spine-health system- provide pointers on how to make your threads / posts- tips on how to create your avatar (your picture), posting images, etc- general pieces of valuable information

please remember that no one at spine-health is a formally trained medical professional.
everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
as such, no member is permitted to provide
  • - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

specific comments :

personal opinion, not medical advice :

--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 01/11/16 12:20est

Ron R


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,212
    I have never been a candidate for surgery, so no personal experiences.
    I'm sure other members may come around and able to share first hand.

    In the meantime, you may find the search on this site useful to you...upper right on page.
    Type in your concerns and you may be led to current or older posts. That is the experiences and information shared by other members.
    You may also be led to articles and or videos. That is the medical side of SH that gives you information from doctors.
    I personally like the videos very much. And the video library is huge!
    The visual helps me..and they are all transcribed, if anyone has trouble hearing.

    Most times, when I use search, I have more questions that I jot down for my doctor.

    Best of luck with your upcoming surgery!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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