Subject: Degenerative Disc Disease, OPTIONS, Help.
Organization: New Mexico Internet Access
I am a 43 year old male in reasonable good health . I am active but have
recently been suffering knumbness in my left arm, and fingers with
I have had an MRI done.
I have degenerative disc disease at c5 and there is less unconvertebral
joint spurring at this level, creating a moderate to severe foraminal
There is minimal central stenosis at c-6 related to posterior spurring at
Minimal left foraminal encroachment secondary to a spur at c6-7.
No other significant areas of central or foraminal stenosis throughout the
The question I submit Is: Shall I have surgery. Are there any other
options besides doing nothiong and excercise of the neck muscles (which I
have done) The knumbness has been with me for 4 months now. Injections??
Severity of surgery and recovery time??? This neurosurgeon I see is with
an HMO and doesn't like to do surgeries. He says this will need a bone
graph from my hip. PLEASE lend me you suggestions, ideas, comments, etc.
Gratfully, Frank Dempsey
jfdemps at nmia.com
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