Anyone had a cervical fusion ?

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3 months 2 weeks ago - 3 months 2 weeks ago #29985 by AJHAWES
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Good Morning all, I’m new to this site, and have managed chronic pain for over 14 months now. ( not long compared to some threads )
All started on 31 May 2018 having some trauma to the cervical spine.
Have had multiple injections, and tried all non surgical methods to relieve the pain. Over last 4 months have had increasing pain in biceps, can’t hold daughter when nursing here to sleep etc

Latest MRI come back with left paracentral disc protrusion at c5/c6 with left lateral recess stenosis.

Pain specialist ( hasn’t seen latest results as he is on holidays ) wants to trial me on a cervical spine stimulator, but iffy on a battery being inside me.

Has anyone had a fusion done on these levels ?
Based on your own experience, does a disc protrusion warrant a fusion ?

Not seeking medical advice, just after own experience with this.

Adam
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3 months 2 weeks ago #29987 by Johnno
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Hi AJ,

BINGO yes I have C5/6 I had cortisone shot after an MRI which didn’t last long I ended up going to a nuerosurgeon as recommended by my GP the nuerosurgeon saw the three month old MRI and said ”oh shit” she booked CT with radiation”whole spine”, full neck flexion X-ray and new MRI full spine she had me booked in for a ACDF anterior cerviacal discectomy with fusion and the first I noted post op was less tingling in my right arm and my tennis and golfers elbow in both arms had gone.
This worked for me but please ask to see a nuerosurgeon and a good one if you are in Brisbane I can pm you a name

Johnno

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3 months 2 weeks ago #29989 by AJHAWES
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Hi Johnno,

Thanks for the reply I appreciate it.

I think what I am trying to wrap my head around, is if the wording on the report means that I will need surgery ?
I’m getting a referral on Monday to see a neurosurgeon in Sydney, as I am located in Newcastle, and the wait times are through the room.

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2 months 4 weeks ago #30028 by DCAU
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Hi AJHAWES,

Because it's cervical, you may get in sooner, but your neurosurgeon should hopefully give you some idea.

Not sure what the waiting list is like down in NSW, but it's a long wait up here in QLD (even to get back in to see the neurosurgeon after all scans have been done).

Cheers,
Darren

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2 months 3 weeks ago #30031 by Johnno
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Hey mate ,
Do you have private health cover if so it’ll be done sooner than later

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2 months 3 weeks ago #30032 by AJHAWES
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Heading in surgery on Monday @ 0800 :-)

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