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Multi-level Cervical DDD, Areflexia and Options

Hi!  I am a 30 year old female who has lived with cervical DDD since I was 25.  I have no kids but we are looking to start a family in the next couple of years.   I have moderate to severe disc herniations at 4 levels in my cervical spine.  I am followed by a pain mgmt doc and recently went to be re-evaluated by my ortho doc.  Previously I had good days where my neck barely hurt or didn't hurt at all and my ortho recommended I not pursue any surgery at the time as a 4 level fusion would cause pain and stiffness daily.  I readily a

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Multilevel Degenerative Disc Disease - Laser Spine Institute


Non-Surgical Options. ... This condition can occur at any level of the spine — cervical (neck ... multilevel degenerative disc disease occurs at multiple sites ...
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Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Options


Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease is ... Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment Options; ... The goal of this surgery is to preserve motion at that spinal level.
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What Is Degenerative Disc Disease? - Spine-health


See Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease. Article continues below. Medical Practitioners Disagree. Many patients are confused about degenerative disc disease because ...
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Degenerative disc disease - Wikipedia


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Spine Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease - SpineUniverse


If you have multi-level ... Traditional Surgical Options for Degenerative Disc Disease ... there are risks involved with spine surgery for degenerative disc disease.
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Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: Conditions & Diagnoses


Find information on Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease. ... A newer option used to maintain motion in the degenerative level is cervical disc replacement.
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Help! I am a female, in my mid 50's. My MRI showed mild cervical and lumbar stenosis, with multi-level degenerative disc disease. There was also multi level mild ...
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Multilevel Degenerative Disc Disease - Spinal Disorders


Multilevel degenerative disc disease affects more than one vertebra. For instance, if one level is damaged, ... surgery is usually the only option for relief. ...
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Feb 05, 2017 · The options available are ... Single- or multiple-level cervical corpectomy ... interbody fusion techniques for cervical degenerative disc disease. ...
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Cervical DDD questions

Thank goodness for your positive outlook!  Unfortunately, nerves that have been severely compromised usually result in permanent damage and can not regenerate or be repaired.  This is the case especially if the spinal cord itself has been compressed.  The areflexia is symptomatic of nerve death and may not respond to surgery.  However, the DDD will continue to progress due to the aging process and continued "wear and tear". I don't know how pregnancy would affect the disease process.  I would suggest that you try and stabilize your spine before attempting to pursue childbirth.  Does your pain mgmt  doctor have any comments regarding this issue?  I know for a fact that multiple level cervical fusion is very successful.  I had anterior cervical discectomy and fusion C4-C7 done on 2/17/09 and am home and feeling very well.  Within two hours of the surgery I had complete relief of the neck, shoulder and arm pain/numbness that I was feeling.  This is the first that I have been pain free in months!  I believe my success is directly related to a very skilled neurosurgeon and the fact that he encouraged me to pursue surgery and get the pressure off my nerves before significant potentially permanent damage occurred.  You should discuss your options at great length with your specialists.   Best wishes ----
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Multi-level Cervical DDD, Areflexia and Options

I forgot to mention I also have a hemangioma in my thoracic spince and mild to moderate DDD in my lumbar spine.  We believe it is genetic as my sister and I who share only a father both have degenerative diseases.
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Is surgery a good option?

you are wise to pursue the most conservative treatment first..surgery is the last resort..that said I am way better after 3 level fusion. in Feb.I'm 57 and quite active..the 4 other guys I know are also happy they had surgery...I would see 2 or 3 of the best neurosurgeons and consult (I did) this type of surgery is pretty common and generally positive...I have not heard of any multilevel replacements...nor have I heard much good about artificials.  Bottom line, when the pain is too much or you start to lose muscle, see the surgeon..don't let fear guide your actions..good luck
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Multiple level HNP's and Protrusions

Dear, The degenerative changes and the bulge cause pressure over the nerve roots causing pain. Surgery should be the last option as it it does not give 100%results Treatment options are geared toward pain relief.  Pain medications such as NSAIDs, corticosteroids orally or injected, anti-spasm drugs, anti-convulsants to help with the burning pain, and in some cases, narcotic pain relievers are given. He should go in for Physical therapy such as hydrotherapy, massage, and hot/cold therapy. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a treatment in which a painless electrical current is sent to specific nerves through electrode patches that are placed on the skin. The mild electrical current generates heat that serves to relieve stiffness, improve mobility, and relieve pain Treatment methods should be focused on pain relief and maintaining quality of life.Although slow, usually these conservative treatments relieve pain.Surgery should be the last option as the results are not consistent and is not always successful. Refer http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticle.php/article180.html Best
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Need Help with Multi Disc Level Problems

I can't help with your back issues but I would like to make a comment about the xanax. I also have back problems and I was prescibed xanax 0.5 to take at bedtime to help relax me and get some sleep.I take half of that dose for quite a few months now. I was reading over at the anxiety forum about this medication and how it is a short term medicine. Your body becomes dependant on it and the doses have to be increased over time. It is for short term use and as needed. No one ever told me that. I was having a problem with my arm a few weeks back and could not sleep for the pain so they gave me valium. I thought something was wrong witht he valium cause I could not sleep and I felt it did nothing for me, yet when i was in the er they gave me it there and i could feel it. I realized that those 2 nights that i was up all night i did not take my xanax.I have decided to slowly wean my self off of this medication. I got down to taking nothing last night and almost broke down about 3:30 in the morning and take one. I was up till about 4 am and I was so tired but i could not fall asleep.I think xanax is great when you need one and there are occasions where I know I will need it cause I do get nervous and worried at times.If you go over to the anxiety forum and read about xanax you will understand better what I am talking about.I was in the dark about this medicine and I was very happy to be taking it cause I would actually get some good rest before my back woke me up. Now i have to get back to being able to fall asleep on my own. I never had a problem falling asleep just staying asleep because my back pain. I wish you luck and I hope you find some answers here about your problems. I just wanted to let you know about the xanax and the possible dependency on it. Chadry
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Degenerative Disc Disease

Welcome to the Back and Neck Community.  Members are  here to provide assistance and support to individuals experiencing symptoms related to possible abnormal conditions of the cervical and/or lumbar spine.  Advice given is non-professional and is primarily based on personal experiences. Degenerative disc disease is a normal process that occurs in the spine secondary to the normal wear and tear as we age.  Some individuals are more prone to increased degeneration due to possible pre-existing conditions of the bone structure, changes in the bone mass (ie osteopenia or osteoporosis), and other disease processes.  Multi-level DDD is stating that not just one vertebral level is affected and that degeneration has occurred in multiple discs.   Depending on the extent of the degeneration and if there is nerve involvement, symptoms could include pain. decreased mobility, numbness and tingling of the extremities, etc. There is a wide range of treatment including medication and physiotherapy.  Your doctor would be best able to explain what options are best for you at this time. Please post back with your progress and any additional questions/concerns you may have. Best wishes -----
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Severe Neck Problems post fusions

Hi, kikko.  I don't have any advice for you, but you do have my deepest sympathies.  I can't begin to imagine how scared you must be with this pending surgery, nor can I truthfully say I feel your pain, because it is probably so much worse than I could ever imagine.  I suffer from chronic pain in my lower back from stenosis and degenerative disk disease as well as other joint problems, but my pain is nothing compared to yours.  I hope everything works out for you.  I truly do.  I will pray for you to get well soon.  Warmly, Vicki T
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Multi Level Cervical Disk Replacement

i too went to spine inst and living in chas., sc...do u still check here for reply's ...don't want to waste time if not??
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it it time for 3 level cervical fusion?

How many times are you going to post this, and how many times do you want us to answer it? Let's recap:  You are in constant, unremitting pain, and it's getting worse.  You can't hold a job and you can't sleep.  You are losing strength in your hands, so you are less able to perform the normal tasks of life.  Can you still hold a gallon of milk firmly enough to pour your children a drink?  Have you started to lose bowel or bladder control yet? Some of your symptoms (pain, sleep problems, job) might be relieved by surgery.  Other problems (like the loss of strength) might represent permanent damage to delicate nerves that cannot regenerate themselves -- ever. How long do you intend to wait -- until you have partial paralysis in one or more limbs? Until your kids have to wipe your butt and change your diaper? If you wait long enough, you might end up a quadriplegic (think Christopher Reeves) and the problem will be solved -- because there won't be anything left for the surgeon to save. The choice seems pretty clear to me.   I had four-level spinal fusion on C3-4 through C6-7 just one week ago, and already the improvement is remarkable.   I hope this helps. Fred
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when to have 3 level cervical fusion

Do it.  If your pain is at 8 all the time, it's time. If two surgeons say you need it, trust them. I had DDD with bone spurs and spinal stenosis from c3-4 to c6-7 and lived with it for over a decade.  I had all four levels fused a week ago, and already the pain is down significantly, even accounting for incision pain. I don't know why I waited so long.
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