... I went to see the neurosurgeon that did my last surgery after my PcP had an MRI done on me. I had complained to him earlier and kept saying the nerves can take a year to settle down. He called me to come in for appt that very day the results were complete. He told me I had Myelomalacia and acute cord atrophy and I needed to see a neurologist because he knew very little about... (7 replies)
... Thank you for the well wishes!
It sounds like you have been through quite a journey yourself. Good luck with your next journey, but I would think, based on what research I have done and what my Chiropractor has been able to help educate me with, it sounds much like my issues and they are honing in on C3-4. I have numbness in my thumb, index and middle finger with some on... (7 replies)
... I had c4_c5 last October. None of my problems, left arm, hand and shoulder pain, neuropathy in both hands, first 3 digits. I have been dealing with this for 2 1/2 years. I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery 3months prior to my ACDF c4-c5. No improvement in the neuropathy.In 1996 I had ACDF c6-c7. I am to have a myelogram next Tuesday because the surgeon thinks my problems are... (7 replies)
... On March 20th I had a 3 level ACDF at C4,C5,C6,C7 within 4 days all of the pain and numbness I had in my shoulder, arm and fingers was gone. ... (2 replies)
... slight kyphosis at C3 unchanged from pre ACDF surgery. ... (1 replies)
... I was a passenger in a severe car accident about 5 months ago, which I thought I was going to fully recover from without any issue. Last month, I bent down and felt something pop in my neck and immediately felt like there was a knife in the back of my neck. The pain was excruciating and sharp in the base of my neck and through my right shoulder blade area. I could barely... (16 replies)
... I am so thankful that I found this message board! To give a brief (ish) history, I have had neck fatigue and pain leading to daily headaches for 10+ years. Have been in 5 car accidents - (2 being pretty serious, 3 were fender benders). First one in 1978 - I was only 18, got thrown around a lot in the inside of the car and pretty much walked away unscathed from a serious... (3 replies)
... Hi all -
Many thanks for this message board as I've been perusing around quite a bit trying to educate myself on recent MRI results and subsequent Neurosurgeon consults. I have two opposite Neurosurgeon opinions on whether surgery is necessary or not; Neurologist is adamant that surgery is needed. So, now I am trying to get another opinion and am wondering if
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... Hi folks. I have been a long time lurker on here and finally decided to join.
I have looked at several threads concerning ACDF, which have been very helpful.
I am looking at C3-C6 fusion in about a month. This is will be by the same doctor that did my L4/L5 fusion in 2010. I totally trust him and have no problem in agreeing to have it done. I have severe stenosis at... (7 replies)
... I know no one here is a doctor, I'm seeing my pain mgmt one tomorrow and picking up the info for the neurosurgeon.. here is what my mri report says.. Mild Degeneratie disc disease, Central Stenosis at C4-C5-C6 secondary to a central herniation. Right paracentral hernia at C6-C7 effaces the right thecal sac.
Findings: The cervical lordosis is slightly straightened, there is... (11 replies)
... op pain varies from person to person and surgeon to surgeon. If I correctly recall my ACDF 15 years ago, it was not as bad as a description of the surgery would leave one to believe. ... (4 replies)
... Everyone heals at different rates, however I would be very cautious about returning to work so quickly. My NS reinforced the importance of not removing my collar for 3 months to ensure neck movement was minimized. Also driving puts you at significant risk for liability if your in an accident and more importantly the damage you could do to your neck if rear ended!! I also spend... (9 replies)
... Bud, I had a two level fusion C4 C5 C6 on May 31st. I am 4 weeks out. ... (9 replies)
... Hi Mike,
Sorry to hear you're still experiencing a lot of pain in your neck. I'm 9 weeks post op and just saw my Dr. yesterday. Although I've made significant improvement, I too experience a deep aching pain at the back of my neck. It gets worse when sitting in front of my pc. As an engineering manager this is my life; which concerns me greatly! I'm scheduled for a gradual... (4 replies)
... Hi, I am currently 18 days post op on c4 c5, c6 and c7, having previously had an acdf on c5, c6 11 years ago. 11 years ago i had my own bone implanted, this time i had a cage an artificial bone implanted! ... (9 replies)
... Just had ACDF c4,c5,c6 last week...pain in forearm and thumb still there, but not as severe....hope it eventually subsides. ... (4 replies)
... C7 ACDF and knew that now C4 was having some problems but had some symptoms just like before the ACDF. Turns out I have "movement" in the fusion so I'll likely have that done. ... (5 replies)
... Has anyone ever heard of a time frame for increasing risk of permanent nerve damage for a spinal nerve root compression at C5-C6?
I began having a stiff neck & shoulder about 7 months ago. My symptoms increased, and I now experience neck and shoulder pain, tingling down my right arm (within past 2 weeks, even started in left arm), muscle weakness in right arm, muscle spasms... (1 replies)
... this is my first time on here. i had ACDF c4 c5 c6 3 weeks ago. ... (3 replies)
... evaluate, but i don't know how much longer i can go on like this. on one hand, i am absolutely, positively terrified to have ACDF surgery, but on the other hand, i can't continue this way. ... (11 replies)