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My mother had a cervical bone spur. It was on the back side of the spine and was pinching a nerve, not causing trouble swallowing. She was able to get it removed. It was one-day surgery and they went in through the back. Not a piece of cake exactly, but definitely worth it for pain relief.

I had a cervical bone spur on the front. It gave me no symptoms but I did have a herniated disc in the same area that gave me all kinds of trouble so I had the disc removed and they took care of the bone spur at the same time. They went in through the front of my neck. I was in the hospital only one night.

Both surgeries will cause scars, but mine in the front is almost invisible two years later. Mom's is more noticable, I think because she tans there.

You mght find more info on the spine board. There are a lot of people there with cervical spine problems.
To the Two of You with the Cervical Bone Spurs,

I hope I'm not responding to a dead thread because the message dates seem to bounce back and forth between 04 and 05. Anyway:

The bone spurs on the anterior c-spine which you speak of are characteristic of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis. The swallowing issue is referred to as dysphasia. The disease is a form of Degenerative Arthritis which was only classified in 1997 although it appears to have been around for quite a long time. DISH is also known as Ankylosing Hyperostosis, Forestier's Disease and a number of other names. There are about five subsets which are characterized by how they affect the body. One can be fatal.

The cause is unknown and the treatment is essentially the same as arthritis --treat for inflamation and pain. Some people have it, don't even know it and aren't bothered by it. If you run a search the information is limited and mostly Pollyannish. I wont go on but if anyone is out there and is interested in learning more I'd be glad to continue the thread for a bit.

dootag
[QUOTE=dootag;2123096]To the Two of You with the Cervical Bone Spurs,

I hope I'm not responding to a dead thread because the message dates seem to bounce back and forth between 04 and 05. Anyway:

The bone spurs on the anterior c-spine which you speak of are characteristic of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis. The swallowing issue is referred to as dysphasia. The disease is a form of Degenerative Arthritis which was only classified in 1997 although it appears to have been around for quite a long time. DISH is also known as Ankylosing Hyperostosis, Forestier's Disease and a number of other names. There are about five subsets which are characterized by how they affect the body. One can be fatal.

The cause is unknown and the treatment is essentially the same as arthritis --treat for inflamation and pain. Some people have it, don't even know it and aren't bothered by it. If you run a search the information is limited and mostly Pollyannish. I wont go on but if anyone is out there and is interested in learning more I'd be glad to continue the thread for a bit.

dootag[/QUOTE]
I have been diagnosed with bone spurs on cervical 5 & 6 pressing on esophagus causing considerable pain, food sticking, coughing and gagging. I believe I have been mistakenly treated for GERD. Please share if you have had similar experience or know of DISH.
Thanks.
[QUOTE=foleynan;3429958]I have been diagnosed with bone spurs on cervical 5 & 6 pressing on esophagus causing considerable pain, food sticking, coughing and gagging. I believe I have been mistakenly treated for GERD. Please share if you have had similar experience or know of DISH.
Thanks.[/QUOTE]
I've recently been diagnosed with cervical spurs impinging on esophagus. I've been treated for 15+ years for GERD where the medications have not made a difference with swallowing, choking, coughing and pain in esophagus. I would very much appreciate what you have to share as the internet is weak on this rather rare condition. I've treated with gastroenterologists and ENT where recent barium swallow shows the spurs. Now I believe I need to get thorough spinal exrays with a rheumatologist. Have you had similar experience/success??
[QUOTE=marlene286;3480576]My mother is 85, she is in the middle stages of altzheimers. Two months ago she fell down our steps and broke her neck (C1-C2) and has a neck brace on, the bone is not healing well at all due to age and brittle bones. About a month ago she begain "gagging" on certain foods, after several tests and xrays I have been told she has a bone spur on C6-C7 disk and it is pushing on her esophagus. The xrays and tests were done thru the digestive disease center, they have told me they can not do anything further with her, she has to go back to the neuroseurgen that she is still seeing for the broken neck. We have an appointment with him next week, I am trying to arm myself with as much information as possible before going in to see him, hoping that what he tells me and what I learn can help me make a informative decision. After reading your messages about bone spur pushing on esophagus I would really like to know if anybody has been told what can be done and what type of risk is involved. With her broken neck I am not looking forward to this at all, but hopefully I can see what I might expect. Thank you for any answers you can give me.[/QUOTE]

Hi there. In October of 2006, I had neurosurgery to remove an osteophyte growing into my esophagus at C6-C7. I had a previous barium swallow that showed the offending spur. It had made swallowing very difficult and changed my voice to where I sounded like Fog Horn Leghorn or Kathleen Turner or Kermit. I was having laryngyl spasms. It got to the point where I had no choice in the matter. I sought a neurosurgeon who told me that this is a very rare condition. He informed me of all of the risks involved which are many, including biggies like paralyses and death. Less significantly were an inability to talk, changes in my voice----I voted for Kathleen:D----and various other things like a sagging face. However, I had to have the surgery and I did. ;)

It is difficult to locate the offending bone protrusion but as luck would happen, my surgeon "bumped right into the thing" when he began microsurgery. What was to be a three hour operation that I was to be hospitalized for 5 days afterward, turned out to be a 23 minute surgery and he sent me home as soon as the anesthesia wore off.

It is now nearly a year and a half later and my problem is back again, only this time it is severe.:confused: All of my joints, bilaterally are very painful from my neck down. My muscles hurt and [I][B]I am very weak[/B][/I]. At first it was thought that I had rheumatoid arthritis (tests proved that not to be the case) but that didn't explain the terrible difficulty I have swallowing and speaking. I am having a barium study done on March 24 and if that shows what it did last time, then I will see my neurosurgeon again. I think it will show a spur again because the swallowing difficulties are worse now than the first time and I cannot lay prone because I can't breathe; my airway feels as though it is obstructed. :(

I hope it is the same one grown back but it may be another one in another location. I have had cervical problems for 4 decades and I suppose this is just a part of that syndrome.:dizzy:

I do admit to being a bit concerned this time because of all of the things that can go wrong. But I am trying to not stress about this and I have a great surgeon who now has experience with this sort of thing. His experience is ME the first time. He is in a large neurosurgical group and none of the surgeons had even heard of this. Surprise surprise! Here she is again!:D :bouncing:





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