Cervical Spondalosis - which specialist to see?

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My wife is suffering with Cervical Spondalosis in her upper back (neck region) that causes shooting pain up to the top of her head on one side only

She has exhausted the NHS - physio, MRI scans, various pian killers, injections and nothing is working (although the injections in the nerves at the base of her skull worked for two weeks).

I think it's time to see a specialist privately (as the NHS has failed to give her a face to face consultation with one to discuss possible options ) - which specialist is best suited

Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurological Surgeon?

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    I would recommend seeing a neurosurgeon or a neurologist as they will understand more about the nerve pain associated with the pain. My experience has been that unless there has been a surgical option not many people take an interest. I am currently awaiting spinal cord stimulation surgery, after I was told the latest disc protrusion is not bad enough for surgery to remove it.

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    I have the same problems along with nerve damage in my hands and other problems. I was passed from pillar to post , xray,mri, neurosurgeons, etc , i eventually contacted Pals the hospital complaints procedure every hospital gas a dept, they initiated a second opinion with a different neurosurgeon which ended in me having an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in two places. still suffering but you need to push for a second opinion they have to re asses you as part of the procedure.

    Good luck but don't give in and don't take no for an answer.

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