I also have 2 cervical disc which have arthritis in them. would surgery of cervical dis be at all helpful?
Consult with another neurosurgeon, preferably one with a background in mechanical and other forms of intervention. You can find his/her educational background online once you have a name. You also could do a search for local neurosurgeons and look at their educational backgrounds. I say this because many surgeons are more than ready to operate without considering all of the consequences and alternatives. The operation for the cervical discs can be quite painful in recovery if your Dr. chooses not to give you an adequate pain reliever. Fusion puts more strain on the next disc up and the next one down from the fusions. You will have limited flexibility in your neck/head area. You can expect these discs to need fusion in the future from the extra stress. There are football players who've had fusions and returned to playing football, so definitely some people do have success with surgery. If you have Degenerative Disc Disease like I do, you can count on other discs herniating after surgery. It may take years, though. Physical therapy is an option for both areas. By strengthening the nearby muscles, tendons and ligaments, you may feel fine. You will have to continue the exercises after therapy ends.
I have put off surgery in both areas you mention through physical therapy, ESIs (Epidural Steroidal Injections), neurological drugs and pain medicine from time to time. If you develop neuropathy... pain, tingling and numbness in your arms or legs, hands or feet, see your neurologist because these can cause permanent damage if untreated.
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