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Amy-ella View Drop Down

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    Posted: Jul/14/2017 at 3:58am
Hi everyone, here's my backstory....

Over a year ago now I started experiencing numbness and pins and needle sensation in both hands. I visited my GP who sent me for blood tests and nerve conduction tests which all came back normal. She then decided to send me for an MRI scan. Two weeks later I received a letter telling me I had a slipped disc in my upper spine (no other explanation) I was sent for an urgent referral to see a orphopaedic surgeon. When I arrived at the spinal unit I was told that I had a slipped disc at c5/6 level and had bad cord compression. He asked if I'd suffered any balance issues but I replied no. He just said it was HIGHLY likely that I would require surgery but he wanted to get a second opinion. 3 weeks later I seen another orphopaedic surgeon. He done a few strength exercises with me and told me I was absolutely fine and that it would all just 'fix itself! I was in and out of his office within 5 mins. Before I left he referred me for physio (physio had actually previously refused to touch me just from what the reports said)

As you can probably tell I'm abit confused at the minute when different people are telling me different things??

I went back my doctors on Tuesday and requested my full results which I will post soon. Hopefully someone can help me understand them and offer me advice.

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MRI spine cervical:

There is an isolated cervical disc bulge at the c5/6 interspace. The disc bulge appears diffuse with central protrusion indenting the thecal sac. There is some impingement on the adjacent spinal cord which appears narrowed on sagittal views. There is some increase in signal within the cord at this level suggesting a degree of cord compression. The lateral recesses are also narrowed, more marked on the left. The exit foramina appear stenotic bilaterally with exiting nerve root impingement.
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Good morning Amy-ella,

I can certainly understand feeling confused after receiving two very different opinions. And because they are so different, I'd want a third opinion if it was me.

I have zero medical training, but I do have similar neck problems. One of the discs in your neck, has moved a little out of line from the rest of them. This is causing it to push into, indenting the thecal sac(surrounds the spinal cord), your spinal cord, impingement on the adjacent spinal cord.

Cord compression means just that, the spinal cord is being squeezed because of the disc being out of place. This can cause everything from tingling in your hands and arms, to severe pain and loss of use.

Did the second surgeon look at your MRI? It is possible for physio, exercise and rest, to help with a slipped disc. But much depends on the severity of the bulge and resulting compression.

I would definitely request a follow up with your gp and request a tie breaking, or clarifying opinion from another surgeon.

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I agree with Bailey---get a third opinion. While many herniated discs do not require surgery, if this compression gets worse you could wind up with permanent nerve damage or worse.

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Okay thanks for your advice :)

The second surgeon did look at me my MRI results Bailey and he agreed that they do look bad but that was before he seen me in person. So when he seen me face to face he decided that I was absolutely fine. I do know that I'm very lucky that I don't seem to suffer with as much pain as some of you. I actually have Zero neck pain at all! It's just the numbness that is concerning me as I really do not want to end up with permanent nerve damage. I'm going to speak my doctor again and see about getting referred to somebody else.
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