Disc removal

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Hi new to this forum, I have had cervical spondalosis for 15year with occasional flare ups, and has just flared up again and so in excruciating pain in neck and arm. I had an mri scan a few years ago which confirmed 2 worn discs which the consultant described as severe. I did have the option of having the 2 discs removed and replaced with artificial ones but i declined when he described the operation for example going in through the front of the neck having to move your voice box slightly which could cause a slight change in voice I thought I might come out sounding like Joe pasqualy lol. anyway joking apart just wondered if anyone has had this operation and how successful was it.

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    Hi Philip,

    I had a disc removed but it was replaced with a cage using fusion as I was in a lot of pain and was experiencing temporary paralysis in the left side of my body mainly my arms and legs. They operated by going in through the neck area and moving the voice box over, I was told about the potential change of voice bit that it would be temporary. I had no change in my voice just a sore throat for a while but I have had severe nerve damage since. I've had trouble with my jaw since being diagnosed with TMJ and no disc in the left side of my jaw so I've have just had surgery on it to wash it out along with botox for the pain. I also wear a mouth guard at night to help reduce the pain through the night. I have seen a pain specialist who diagnosed my nerve pain as widespread stating I also have fibromyalgia. In my case I had to have the operation as I was experiencing the paralysis and the damage was extremely close to my spinal cord plus physio and nerve/steroid injections didn't help. I have completed a pain management course at the hospital via my GP through his referral that has helped me to pain manage now. I hope this helps.

    kind regards


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      Hi thanks for that Alison you have had your fair share of problems.

      it sounds a straight forward operation but don't think it's without risk.



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    Your welcome but yes as with all operations there is a risk but I guess you have to decide if its worth the risk or if you can go on the way you are now. I hope you find something to help ease the pain.

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