Interesting how one conversation (post) can lead too so many questions (more post)...So can someone explain to me how I am not a good candidate for surgery with a herniated disk at C6 C7 I get extreme pain in my neck and at times it sits on a nerve that runs down my left arm.
The surgeon said it would be a 50/50 success rate, and when asked he would not do it. But if my pain issue was my arm it would be a 90% succes rate and he would go for it!
So does that mean that EVERYONE in the same situation as I would be at the same 50% succes rate? I was make to think this was due to where the issue was at C6 and C7...so there was no need for even a second opinion...So what is the deal??
Dx: Herniated disk in my neck C6-C7, Degenerative disc disease and arthritis in my neck, sciatica, RLS, migraines and post-op RNY gastric by pass and depression.
Meds: Oxy, Nortriptyline, percocet, norco, xanax(as needed), sinement, topamax, imitrex, and paxil
Personal: Single mom 43yrs old to three children- two girls 5 and 13 and my son 16yrs old. I work fulltime.