... because of many of the same issues that you have described. I waited about 6 years after I started experienced burning hands caused by the spinal compression and tried everything imaginable to avoid surgery. ... (3 replies)
... Hi.....At C4-5 I have a herniation where the disc touches the cord but does not compress and C5-6 distorts the cord on the left. I have hand tightness and cannnot close into a fist as well as numbness down side of right arm into fingers.
Gait imbalance at times...Last night I awakened with more numbness in whole arm, but shook it out. A NS at Mayo diagnosed and gave me... (5 replies)
... Hi Tim, I havenít been around for awhile. I have been staying down with my other daughter every now and then as I have been feeling a bit yucky (she runs our family music school and canít come here). She sent me to have a CT scan the other day (kids!) and then went to the doctors yesterday for the results. Things aren't that good. I thought a lot had changed more recently... (25 replies)
... I have been fighting neck and anerior throat pain and headachesfor about 6 years. I lso had arm pain which I thought was severe flare up f Fibromyalgia. Up until this year I was told there was no compression on my spinal cord and my headaches and neck/jaw pain could not be caused by my neck. I had nerve blocks at c2-3 and 3-4 that did not help. Then nerve blocks at c4-5,... (2 replies)
... and have a lot of leg pain. But not sure if the leg pain is from compression issues with Chiari or not. Can't wait to have this surgery and see what symptoms go away. ... (8 replies)
... my issues are with the C5 and C6 nerve, although doctors describe my foraminal and cervical canal stenosis as minimal to moderate. ... (17 replies)
... Hi guys someone help me please. Had an MRI and the report notes that:
No Nerve root compression. Mild Left C4 root compression
Small central disc at c3/4, but no cord compression, however the disc does abuf the cord.
An X-ray earlier on noted C5 inferior body corticated teardrop fracture
The doctor went on to do a lumber puncher yesterday and said all was normal... (2 replies)
... any symptoms of cord compression require surgery regardless whether there is pain or not. ... (10 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)
... I don't know what "scapular winging" is. I don't remember hearing that before. I have had an MRI on my neck and thoracic. Not on my lumbar. I don't have my records in front of me so I can't quote what they said. I do not know on my neck that my C6 is degenerated and buldging and some narrowing of something due to possible muscle spams and C4-C5 has some space loss. The... (5 replies)
... it took me 2 months to be properly diagnosed because i didn't actually have any neck pain when this all started for me 8 months ago. it started with a sudden onset of a headache at the base of my skull and some lightheadedness, then the scalp tingling, lip and facial numbness, etc. i had blurred vision, abnormal pupil dilation, and then came the numbness and weakness in my... (5 replies)
... It's hard to know exactly what you are looking at , but here's a a couple inputs
1) The spinal cord is contained in a membrane (I've seen it called both the secal sac or the dural sac) that is filled with fluid and surrounds the actual spinal cord nerves. A bulging disc can compress this fluid-filled sac without actually compressing the nerves - it's a matter of 'how... (5 replies)
... C5 I have a small central disc protrusion with indentation of the Thecal Sac. A left paracentral posterior spur with compression of the left exiting nerve root. ... (9 replies)
... C4-5 can can also cause pain on the arm pathway. Especially on the forearm. Look up dermatome chart. When I had nerve root compression, I had the most intense burning I ever felt in my forearm. After my first surgery at 4-6 this completely resolved.
When you say last January, do you mean 2007 or 2006? It would be a little soon for Jan 2007 to have it go bad, but I... (14 replies)
When I first learned I needed an ACDF, it was horrified at the thought, so I know how you feel. I ended up having two operations 1 year apart, to fuse C4/5/6/7.
My experience - the first 2 or 3 days I needed to not do much of anything but rest. You will have pain meds, and that helps a lot. My post-op pain was between the shoulder blades and had to do with the... (6 replies)
I had a 2 level ACDF in Jan. I would say at a minimum, allow 6 weeks for recovery. My pain has lessoned considerably. It hasnt all gone away, but the quality of my life has vastly improved. I really think that getting rid of my bone spurs helped me alot. I didnt have much cord compression, though. Mostly I had degenerative disks and arthritis. The thing I believe helped... (6 replies)
... My NeuroSurgeon is recommending surgery due to cord compression and large spurs on both sides of spine. He has to remove the spurs and do a fusion going throught he front of my neck. ... (6 replies)
... I had surgery on the 19th of April and was finally released on 29 May. I have been in physical therapy since. At first i could not do anything weak legs arms ans such. Now almost 6 months later I can walk assisted (cane) but am still weak. I have recently found a new theripist i feel is more knowledgable. I am now building strength and doing hydrotherapy 3 times a week each. I... (18 replies)
... ENHANCEMENT OF THE C3 AND C4 VERTEBRAL BODIES. ... (5 replies)
... Hi Paul,
If the cord compression
isn't too severe( The compression
is my opinion only) they most probably will try PT and stretching exercises, surgery is always a last resort!!!
On the other hand, it sometimes rectifys itself but only rarely...
Hope this helps
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