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  • Jackman
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    Hello in 2011 I was told that cervical fusion on C-5 C-6 could help my situation. Being a critical procedure I felt a second opinion would be warranted. After obtaining the second doctor a new image was ordered. No need for surgery I was told. Needless to say the first doctor terminated our relationship upon my second opinion. Now I still suffer from chronic headaches loss of bladder during sleep and lost my job as a journeyman electrician. My issue is the two MRI images are in different positions the second MRI is a flat vs slightly upright on the first. A third opinion has been obtained on the second image with a note to go back to work with no restrictions. Strange how I still have issues and only getting worse. Any help would be a blessing this is taking a hard toll on my family. Thanks Jack..

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    You are now finding out about the world of spine surgery. The old joke is that if you put five surgeons in a room and ask their opinions, you will get seven different answers.

    Surgery for the spine is rarely emergent (has to be performed immediately). There are indications for surgery (see the section on this website regarding “When to have neck surgery”) but surgery is only an option in many spine cases.

    The surgeon’s role is to educate you as to your disorder, why you have pain, perform tests to reenforce the diagnosis and let you know the risks and benefits of surgery if surgery is indicated.

    Sadly, this does not occur on a regular basis and the patient will leave the surgeon’s office with less information than is helpful to make an educated decision.

    Dr. Corenman

    Jackman
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    How about the position of the image. My symptoms are worse after looking up for long periods. Shouldn’t that be an indicator of how to position the head. Stand up MRI vs lay down. My head feels like a bowling ball at the end of the day.

    BeckyMae
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    Hello I had cervical fushion surgery in Oct 2012, C5 & C6 ,bone graft from my own hip, which still hurts at time too…Surgery really helped with the serious pain I was having..as in I wanted to cut my arm off due to the pain being so bad, however I still have some pain, lost my job job because of this & still unable to work.. I’m only 36 years old and feel like I’m 80! I recently started having worse pain in the same arm, neck, shoulder blade and and now the right leg, Could this be reoccurring herniation or is it too soon to say??

    Jackman
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    I’m just as lost as you in pain.. I think you will have to start your own topic.

    BeckyMae
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    Sorry thought that was what I was doing

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