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questions to ask specialist
shortversion of injury

Hip knee back mri states facet arthropathy at l5 s1 left side more then right  keep stating that i was having tingling inleft arm , major headaches
After 2ndclaim was denied I started going todr with own insurance ..

First specialist found that i have 3 bulging discs , hernatied one at c5c6 into spinal  cord and says I need surgery  cervical diskomoy with fusion at c5-6.
Went for second opinion ortho who states yes he agrees but could hold off til i start to drop things and  that cervical headaches wont  be stopped with surgery I asked  if he could do anew mri of thelower lumber since i got rehurt andfilled another claim .. deniedrightaway

waiting for his report to get back to the np that is the only dr that clinic will let me see ( ive tried and also get reassigned to np )

going back tomorrow tothe specialist since im scrared about surgery
and that i will loose motion  or  come out worse then before .
Also  that im waking in the morning with arms numb

some days   right arm its first 2 fingers are numb

its continues tochange .. and left leg is numb aka tingling burning depending on what im doing
still working ..

ok Im after some help in what type of questions i  can ask !!

1) could neck be part of tripping since pans flew around 6 ft .
2) why are the areas in arms moving from morning to the next day ?
3)Would that not mean the bulges are also hitting on the spinal cord being compressed ?

I would love everyone to help out to think of more items to ask dr tomorrow
I cant keep my consentration and ive been even writting wrong dates on items at work andforgetting what i walked togo get ..
bump really hopeing for help with questions
what are his success rates with this type of surgery?
why does he recommend this surgery?
What are the chances that the disks above and below the fussion will also go out?
If this was his MRI would he have the surgery?
What type of restrictions can you expect after the surgery and for how long? (this way you can make prepretation around the house in advance)
thanks pooh

Morning Tweety......Pooh has given great advise. I have bulges at the C5-C6 and a pinched nerve at the C-7. Other disks are slightly bulged. Lots of large bone spurs. stenosis. One of the spurs is indenting the cord. Spine specialist I have been seeing for a year tells me he doesn't feel I need surgery. BUT will have to be very careful not to ever re-injure and he will watch it. I have also had the weird feelings in my arms and hands. They do change. For awhile I would drop little things. My cigarette lighter, money, etc. Would stumble once in awhile. Had a cervical headache for 10 months. Tweety I was one of the lucky ones. After 2 months of PT, lots of deep massage, traction, etc. headaches are gone. Still get some numbness in my thumb and index finger IF I sleep on that arm. I would have to ask all the questions Pooh posted to you and then ask if there is anything you can try first. I personally, and this is just me, would not have any surgery if I hadn't exhausted all other measures first. Let us know how you make out.

Hi Tweety,
I think you have been given some great advise on what questions to ask. Here's an interesting link to pressure points in the hands, that you can do for yourself....maybe, just maybe...it will give you some pain relief from your headaches or other pain. It's worth a try.


Take care, Lilly Big Grin
Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

A careless word may kindle strife, a cruel word may wreck a life, a timely word may level stress, and a loving word may heal and bless!
Hi Tweety! I'm with Pooh and Cap. on this one, they have given you some very good advice! I don't know if a second opinion is an option, maybe if you ask the Dr. if he feels a second opinion before surgery might be a good thing! Good Luck with your appt. and I hope you get the answers you need!Wink

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