Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/16/2009 11:47:53 PM (GMT-7)
I agree with all that has been said. I myself had cervical fusion C567 in 2000. I had no choice as the discs had ruptured. I was left with nerve damage. Before the surgery I tried to get Prolotherapy treatments but was told if I didn't have the surgery I would be paralyzed. The surgery did fix the severe pain from the ruptures. Research Prolotherapy, I went for these treatments 5 mos after the fusion surgery and they did help to control the pain, spasm and tingling. Unfortunately, the job I was doing was ergonomically incorrect, so all the treatments I was having were being undone by the repetitive motion. When I left my job 3 yrs after the surgery, the lower back was involved and nerve damage extended to the legs. I would run back for more Prolo treatments except Medicare does not cover them.
Educate yourself and research all of your options before you go the surgical route. In the end, you have to do whats best for your situation!
Well the others as usual have given you some great advice. And like they said they are not the success stories. I can tell you I saw and know many, many people that have had cervical fusions and they did very well. But, here is what I have seen that were successful, the old standard fusion where they either take bone from your hip or a bone bank. The people that had hardware put in their necks did miserable and I would veto that surgery in a New York minute. I stand by my previous statement that our bodies were not designed to accept this hardware. I had a very highly regarded orthopedic surgeon tell me he would never use hardware on his patients for lumbar surgery. He did not do necks he ref them to a particular neurosurgeon who did awesome surgeries anad he does not use hardware either. Their patients do not end up back in the operating room like so many others do with hardware implanted.
Most people that I saw have cervical fusions had constant pain and numbness in their arm and numbness in a couple of fingers on their hand. Some had neck pain and shoulder pain too. But their biggest complaint was the numbness and tingling in their arms and fingers. I would want a repeat MRI done to compare to the previous MRI if I were you. If there are enough changes seen on the newer MRI and if my symptoms became constant only then would I start my search for the best neurosurgeon out there. If there is alot of nerve involvement sometimes if a person waits too long the damage t the nerve become permanent and no surgery can fix that.
Our bodies work this way, if you have neck problems it affects your upper extremeties. If its your back you will have lower extremety problems such as hip, leg and foot involvement.
We are all going to hope and pray your set of eppies will do the trick for you and get this inflammation settled down and you perhaps you won't need any surgery. The best defense you can have like PA said is knowledge and plenty of it. Just don't overload your brain and scare yourself to death either,lol. Let us know how you are doing. Hugs, Susie