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Disc Herniation with mild mass effect upon the spinal cord

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 24, 2007
  • 04:01 AM

Hi. I'm wondering if anyone out there has been through this, and can steer me in the right direction. I'll try to make this as short as possible.

About six months ago, I started to feel weakness, numbness and tingling in my legs and feet. I went to my family doctor and he ordered a head MRI. That came back normal. I then started to have severe pain in the middle of my back where I had an old compression fracture. The family doctor sent me for an EMG, and I was told that my legs were hyper-reflexive, and that I needed MRIs of my cervical and thoracic spine. I wasn't told what they were looking for, just that I needed them. I had those done, and they came back with minor disc bulges. I was told that I was depressed and that I couldn't possibly be in as much pain as I was in and as weak as I was, and to just deal with it.

Well, I stupidly took this doctor's word for it for a couple of weeks, but the symptoms were getting worse. I decided to look up what hyper reflexive legs could mean, and found out that it could mean MS or a spinal cord compression. Well, I got scared and decided to see another neurologist. This neurologist took one look at the MRIs that were done, and told me that they were not detailed enough (they were done in an open-sided machine instead of a closed one). He ordered new scans, and come to find that I had a disc herniation in my neck that has a mild mass effect upon the spinal cord. I was sent to a neuro surgeon, and this guy is telling me that I don't need surgery.

Has anyone else had this problem, and what was done to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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  • Hi There, I had disc herniations at C4/5 and C5/6 with spinal cord compression. The neurosurgeon did spinal fusion surgery using plate and screws to stabilise the neck. I was also told that the cord compression may never heal itself completely. I would get another opinion if I were you, the bulging will only get worse over time. Take care
    castlerocklives 1 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 01:12 PM
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  • Please try acupuncture - it is very very helpful for disc herniation. This will take some time, but if you can commit to bi-weekly treatments you should notice improvements fairly quickly. I have treated disc herniation and it is the only thing that offers relief for one of my clients. Fusing of discs sometimes helps, and sometimes makes things much worse. I personally would exhaust ALL avenues before resorting to a fusion. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 06:35 PM
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