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Old 11-05-2009, 08:26 AM
 
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My mum had an OP 3 years ago to replace C3 and C5 of her C spine and now we recieved bad news about her MRI, the nerve damage is getting worse and they really dont want to operate its too risky, they said.

My mum has this

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Common Cause of Spinal Cord Dysfunction in Older Persons - September 1, 2000 - American Family Physician

I am just seeking advice, surely there must be something that can be done to save my mums spinal cord?? I dont want her to end up like a vegetable.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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Does anyone know anything about this?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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If you are worried about her mental state, it will not be affected (except for depression). She may lose control of part of her body, she may be in a lot of pain. She may want to stop walking if it hurts a lot. What are the doctors recommending? That article suggested neck support and a brace may be helpful.

A drug called Neurontin helps a lot of people with back pain. It "calms down" the nerves that transmit pain so the nerves are less likely to transmit an exaggerated sensation.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:33 AM
 
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If you are worried about her mental state, it will not be affected (except for depression). She may lose control of part of her body, she may be in a lot of pain. She may want to stop walking if it hurts a lot. What are the doctors recommending? That article suggested neck support and a brace may be helpful.

A drug called Neurontin helps a lot of people with back pain. It "calms down" the nerves that transmit pain so the nerves are less likely to transmit an exaggerated sensation.
Hi there, is there a chance her spinal cord could become compromised?

We haven't spoke to the doctor yet he said he would be arranging a consultation soon. I am just very worried about her spine.
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:59 PM
 
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I think it already is compromised, that's what this condition is.
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Old 11-07-2009, 03:22 AM
 
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I think it already is compromised, that's what this condition is.
So do you think there are no other treatments? I know they didn't want to operate again they said it was too risky, so eventually she will end up completely paralyzed?

Sorry i haven't come to terms with any of this yet its a shock to all of us we were not expecting this to happen. The bone spurs are growing.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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I'm sorry, I only know what I read in the link you provided. I think you need to make a list of the questions you have, to take to her next appointment. You could ask if Neurontin would help with the pain, it's been a god-send to me.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I'm sorry, I only know what I read in the link you provided. I think you need to make a list of the questions you have, to take to her next appointment. You could ask if Neurontin would help with the pain, it's been a god-send to me.
Ok, thanks for the information.
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