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Total Neck Fusion?

I'm a 48 yr. old female that has had a back fusion and two neck fusions, and now they want to do a total neck fusion because of all the problems I'm having with my neck and arms. I don't know what to do. There has to be other options out there for right now, aren't there?

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Total Neck Fusion?

I would at the very least get a second opinion from another specialist.  Did they put any metal any where (pins, bars, etc.).  Is your dr able to explain to you exactly what is causing the problems or is he just guessing from physical symptoms?  I'm not very knowledgeable in this area but my biggest suggestion is make sure you really understand everything  so you can make your own informed decisions and always ask about complications.  Find out what the complications are if you do and if you don't go through with it.  Find out the names of conditions and procedures and get copies of all lab, films, etc. and never let a dr pressure you into doing something, If you feel he might be then take somebody to appts with you.
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Mace' update

Thanks for ur update.mace is an amazing fighter and u r a great mom!!!! The only thing that is calming me down is that u r in hands of a specialist.i hope so much that she gets on her way of feeling better.i am facing clicking and crunching sounds in my neck with horrible pain to and am awaiting to get a specialist appointment.good luck and we have to stay strong in this fight.
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Re-injured neck 18mos after Posterior Cervical Fusion

What was your outcome?  was there injury from the ride?
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Neck fusion, level 4

Just a brief about me: I have had 2 cervical fusions (bone spurs pushing on my spinal cord) at the same location because my body rejected the donor bone. (One March 07 Second Jan 08) (c3-c6) Last MRI showed a slight fusion at c5-c6 and no fusion at c3-c4. The plate is now pushing in the vertibrea at c3 and new bone spurs pushing on my spinal cord that have formed at c1-c2. You didn't say why you had the fusion, but my outcome has been truely painful. I look back quite often and wonder if I would be better off not doing the surgery. But I can't think that any bone pushing on your spinal cord could be good. But - I have extreme pain daily. Neck, shoulders, arms, hands and if I sneeze I am in for snap that almost paralyzes me for a few seconds. And extreme headaches daily that will sometimes keep in bed for the day. Bone spurs are a form of DDD and it happens with age. Along I could understand this if your over 60, however I am not even close. I go back to my Dr. in January to see what he suggests, but since I have no insurance, I really don't know what he will be able to do. I don't know if this helps, but at least you know that you are not alone. Good luck and God Bless. Keep us posted.
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2 Failed Neck Fusions

Bless your heart, I couldn't imagine having to go through surgery twice.  I had a fusion (C5-C7) two years ago.  I've been in constant pain since then.  I also have DDD and bone spurs.  I'm in pain management, but the drugs do very little to help.  I also have the shoulder and arm pain.  I have almost lost use of my right hand, due to the weakness.  The headaches are almost unbearable.  I wish I could help, but I'm in the same boat.  I know exactly how you feel, I am so depressed I sometimes feel like I just can't live like this another day.  It's hard for family members to understand how miserable my life is.  But if you don't experience it, you could never know how bad it is. You are very lucky to have a doctor that cares that much about his patients. I have also applied for Social Security disability, I've been turned down twice and I'm now waiting on a hearing date.  All my doctors have written letters saying that I can not work.  And they still turn me down.  I sometime think that it's a mind game.  But my attorney keeps assuring me that I will eventually get it.  So don't give up, if you don't have an attorney I would get one. They don't charge you anything until your approved.  So hang in there, sometimes it just helps to have someone to talk to that can relate to what your going through.
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