... I went to see an orthopedic spine surgeon who agreed with my neurosurgeon that I need surgery. He originally wanted to do a C3 - C4 ACDF. But I asked him about the C5 - C6 area on the MRI (taking advice from chuckstr to ask) as it looked compressed on the sagittal image. He said it might be a good idea to do that area also. If he did this he would do a posterior cervical... (8 replies)
... Iím new to the site and have tried to read other cervical spine posts in order to get informed. My problem is that my MRI results, to a degree, donít really mention spinal stenosis. I have had pain in my neck and shoulder; pain, burning, tingling and sometime numbing in my shoulder, arm and hand.
My Rheumatologist wanted me to start PT and see a neurosurgeon, so I... (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)
... Hi SpineAZ,
It is one vert above the fusion and two in the fusion so its, c4, c5, c6.
Yes this is a new finding. This has never been brought up in the past 5 yrs I have been going thru this. Now I go in a few weeks to see a "pain management" Dr.... Kinda scary, like I`m all done and wont heal any better and now I just have to live with whatever happens now. (2 replies)
... Hello everyone, I am new to healthboards but I have gotten a lot of reading posts over the past couple of weeks. I have a question for people who have had their symptoms return after surgery. Basically, if 4 ESI's haven't helped, what about facet injections? to get there, I need to give my history.
My situation: I am 33 years old and trying to practice law but experiencing... (2 replies)