Ok that information helps allot, so you have all three disks (C-5,C-6 and C-7) herniated and your doctor wants you to see a surgeon? Is there any reason that your mom wants to wait on seeing him? I do understand not wantintf surgery except as a last resort, put it would be good to get the opinion of the surgeon. One thing that you said really concerns me, you said you were handicapped and that you fall allot. Please Please Please becareful, because with those herniated disks in your neck falling could be really bad for you. I myself have had the disk at C-6/7 removed and fused, in 1985, and then had the disk above it at C-5/6 removed and fused in 2009, and last november I had the articular joints at C3/4 fused. The disk fusions ACDF Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion, is really a piece of cake, your only in the hospital a few days and as far as surgeries my surgeon says it is a pretty easy surgery to do.
Anyway I am glad you have found us, and any and all information that you feel comfortable sharing with us about your pain and condition, helps us understand what you are going through, and what help and support we can give you. Having had this type of surgery and knowing how serious having herniated disk in the neck can be, I am just a little concerned, and I do hope you can at least see a surgeon soon to see what he/she has to say, most good surgeons will not do surgery unless it is absolutely needed. But with you falling allot that really does concern me, are they absolutely sure that those herniated disk are not affecting or causing that? If it is not, then please take all precautions to prevent you from falling with your neck being in the shape that it is!
I do wish you well and I do hope everything works out well for you! Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Your a member of our forum family now and we all care about each other!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!