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I am male 46 years old and at this moment in time am awaiting surgery on the disc at C6 in my neck. My symptoms started some 12 weeks ago waking up with a very stiff neck. I did the usual self diagnosis & perscribed myself extra strength Ibuprofen. However after a week I decided to see my GP, who told me I was doing the right thing but may get some benefit from Physiotherapy. Six weeks further down the line I was in a bit of a state. The neck problem eased after about 2 weeks but I was left with a lot of pain in my left side neck/chest/shoulder/bicept/forearm. Linked with that I had numbness and a tingling pins & needles sensation in my fingertips. I was still working as a hairdresser at this time but it was becoming increasingly more difficult. Later I was advised that a collar (sponge) may help just worn for work. After 6 weeks physio I was told she could no longer do any more for me & advised me to get a referal via my GP to see a specialist. This was done but I was told the waiting time was standing at 13 weeks in the NHS to see a neurologist. So I went private, a simple appointment made by me & a referal letter from my GP taken down with me for an MR scan costing £635-00. Two weeks later I went private to see a consultant (£200-00)along with my scan pictures as they become your possesion after the scan. The whole process of the MR scan & consultation with a consultant took 12 days. At the appointment I was told the scan showed a protrusion into the thecal sac nerve root by a collapsed disc due to either degenerative wear & tear or an accident similar to whiplash. I did have severe whiplash from a car crash some 11 years ago but that remains inconclusive regarding this condition. So I am now waiting for an operation, I have been told by the consultant 2 maybe 3 weeks before he can get me in on the NHS. The surgery is routine, an incision in the left side of my neck where they will shave off the protruding disc. The relief is said to be instant & recuperation is about a week, some cases it is treated as an out-patient. More overly it tends to be a 48 hour procedure & you can be driving a car after only 2 days. As a point of interest I will be writing again on this site after I have had the surgery. But to anybody suffering similar conditions & with a spare £800 or so just for peace of mind, I would recommend paying privately to get you at the first rung of the ladder within the NHS for an operation. After all like we are told all our lives you can't put a price on your health.......or can you?
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