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There going to fuse my spine who has had my symptoms?

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  • Posted By: fernstaedtamy
  • June 10, 2008
  • 00:18 AM

I am so nervous to have a surgery I don't feel (in my gut) is necessary. I have an aching forearm, sometimes my thumb and first finger go numb... and many other symptoms that could confirm C567 diagnosis. However, I do not have pain in my actual spine. I can turn my head, the arm/hand issues are not painful just hypersensitive and achy and sometimes weak. The pain I do have is quite a bit lower than the area they are treating. I feel it is in the C7 and lower range. It is a sharp stabbing sensation that comes from out of nowhere sometimes. It actually makes me jump and cry out. Positional? NO. It is everyday with or without activity. I have tried traction, P.T., several nerve root blocks as well as trigger point injections and a whole spectrum of meds. I just worry because everyone keeps asking about the "pain" in my neck and arm. There is no pain except for the stabbing sensation that is lower and very localized. I have had a few different M.D's opinions, now I have to decide my next step in my treatment. If anyone relates closely to this or if anyone has had a cervical fusion Please respond I need you!!! How bad was it? If your symptoms were similar did they go away? Any encouraging word would be welcomed. Thanks!

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  • Please, have you tried acupuncture or chiropractic to help your symptoms? I would try acupuncture at least for a month before resorting to a fusion surgery. Please visit www.acufinder.com for info and to find a qualified practitioner near you. Acupuncture works!!! Best wishesDOM
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  • I had a C5 & 6 spinal fusion with instrumentation. I had a car wreck. I had aches and pains for several months, one of them being a severe sharp pain on the backside of my shoulder, sorta close to my lower neck. I assumed it was torn muscles. After about a year it went away.
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    • August 13, 2008
    • 11:42 AM
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