... Hi everyone,
Like with most of you it's been a long journey with neck problems and related pain. I went to multiple surgeons last year (wrote about my experience here) and got so many different answers my head was spinning. A year later I did another circuit at the recommendation of my Physiatrist.
Still got a couple of different answers, #1 said three level fusion... (4 replies)
... I continued to have pain, so my doctor did a foraminotomy about 10 months later. I was in OT for probably 9 months. Before the 2nd ACDF my right arm was virtually paralyzed. So after the surgery, it took a good 9 months to build up some strength in that arm. ... (3 replies)
... teteri66 can you explain the last sentence on the report that says Small central disc protrusion and annular disc osteophyte complex at C6-7? (3 replies)
... Thank you and you've made total sense out of this for me. Reason being, what I was thinking you put into words for me. But I wasn't sure.
I had a 2 level fusion on C4-C5 and C5-C6 only 2 & 1/2 yrs. ago because the vertebras collapsed and were pressing on the spinal cord and the fluid wasn't flowing hardly at all. The Nero surgeon who did the surgery said I may or may not... (3 replies)
... had an ACDF seven years ago. No issues from it, but this pain is eerily similar. ... (6 replies)
... Here is what the MRI report says
There are no relevant examinations for comparison. The patient is status post
cervical fusion at C4-C5 and C5-C6.. There is a susceptibility artifact from the
metallic fusion. At C3-C4 there is however a central disc herniation with
ventral impression on the cervical cord. There are no significant cervical cord
signal abnormalities in... (10 replies)
... It's not bad! The arm weakness you are experiencing are the effects of the C5-6/C6-7 bulges touching on the spinal cord and the nerves. Depending on how bad the weakness is, dictates wether or not a surgery is necessary. Speak to your Doctor and get a few other opinions and then decide what your options are.
I have had a ACDF at C3-/C4-5 levels and am about to have one... (4 replies)
... Thanks Ruffdogster,
I appreciate the info. Yes I am having problems with neck pain and tingling & numbness. Just like before the 1st surgery in 2011. That is one of the reasons for recent MRI's I had. To find out what's going on in my neck. I am worried I'll need another surgery and it upsets me too because the Dr I went to was a Ortho & he said to do all 4 levels. The Dr... (10 replies)
... Means you now have a bulging disc and bone spurs around the bones supporting said disc, below your fusion. Annular means circular, osteophyte means Bone spurs.
They say you can suffer future herniation's above or below a prior ACDF.
I am about to have a second ACDF surgery c5-6 c6-7 due to a prior ACDF of c3-4 c4-5 causing the below disc which was bulging is now herniated... (10 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
1.Others... (10 replies)
... 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)