Has the curve in your neck straightened???

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I have DDD in my spine, herniated disc, bone spurs and spinal stenosis.  I have a lot of dizziness and a head ache everyday due to the straightening of the cervical spine.  My surgeon said that he cannot fix the straightening so I will always have those issues.  The bone spurs, 2 herniated disc and stenosis he won't operate on because I'm overweight by 80lbs and that the surgery would only fix about 30 - 40%.  He said he would do the surgery if it is an emergency.  What symptoms do you have in the neck area and has anyone had issues with a surgeon like mine???

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    We are increasing seeing surgery declined When people are overweight and 80lbs is a huge amount. Next time you are in the supermarket go to the sugar bag area and try to pick carry 35 of those bags, yes 35. That is how much you are asking your body to carry. If you could reduce your weight not only would the surgery be done but I suspect some of your other problems would be a lot better. 

    I had had surgery earlier in the year to grind down some bone spurs and it's wonderful as the pain is completely gone.

    best of luck 

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    Hi SweetSal,

    I do sympathise with you, with the pain and discomfort you must have, it must be very difficult to mobilise yet alone exercise, ultimately causing weight issues.

    I get headaches and dizziness and that is debilitating enough, I don't exercise as much as I used to because I cannot.

    I don't have much of an appetite these days so weight isn't an issue for me fortunately.

    I am trying to eat anti inflammation foods though, more fresh fruit, salad etc and less greasy food and carbs. The list is long.

    I wish you all the best for the future should you have your operation.

    Take care


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    I have never heard anyone say that surgery fixed all their pain permanenty. I'm not saying it doesn't happened but I'm telling you it rare. Even when the pain is gone at first it rarely lasts longer the two to three years. So personally I wouldn't worry able surgery. Please don't look at it as you one and only saving grace because it is likely not.

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    Have you tried massage?

    You'd be amazed at how much pain and dysfunction can be caused by tight bands or knots in the muscles called 'trigger points'. They form when muscles become chornically over-worked.

    Straightening of your cervical spine is (i'd have thought) caused by muscle imbalances. In very simple terms - decades of bad posture results in your spine and other joints being pulled out of correct alignment. This can cause wear to the joints in your spine (which may well cause some of your symptoms). However, there's a strong possibility that at least some of your symptoms are caused by these bands of tension. Certainly trigger points can cause headaches and dizzyness.

    The good news is that they can be massaged out quite easily. You can do it yourself. It doesn't require specialist treatment and is quite safe.

    Google for 'trigger point' and 'neck pain' or/and 'trigger point' and 'headache' 'dizzyness'. I'm sure you'll find loads of free info on how to go about this.

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