... Thanks Chuck, you've explained a lot. I don't have an appt. with my surgeon until Aug. 13 and will be sure to go over everything in detail with him.
Yea, the numbness & tingling in my arms & hands never go away & most of the time it's worse in the left and my wrist hurts too.
As for the other symptoms you asked about, I do have some pain & numbness in the upper thigh... (10 replies)
... Hi , I'm hoping I can find some treatment options. I've had spinal fusion on c5-6, c6-7 February 2013. I was injured while walking into work last November - hit by a large glass automatic door that right side gave way slamming me into a crowd of people.
Symptoms shortly returned and I find myself in pain every single day. Loosing the feeling in my hand, arm and wrist pain.... (0 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)
... 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)
... That is strange since the point of a fusion is to prevent that from happening and lend stability. ... (10 replies)
... Ruffdogster & ChuchStr
Not only cervical but there seems to be a thoracic problem too. Here is that MRI report....any comments...please do
Anterior cervical fusion is again identified at C4-5 and C5-6 levels. At T6-T7
there is a right paracentral disc protrusion with ventral impression on the
thecal sac. At the T6 level there is dorsal impression on the thoracic cord... (10 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)
... chance of the fusion failing or requiring a later surgery. Is yours related to DDD or a genetic predisposition? ... (6 replies)
... hand due to the disc material pressing on the nerves. I have the best ortho surgeon and trust him with my life. My first fusion went well and I have had no problems. ... (6 replies)
... Chuck you seem extremely knowledgeable, perhaps you can help me with my MRI results, C5-C6 left paracentral disc protrusion with annular tear is seen again and has progressed in the interval, now causing effacement of the thecal sac and mass effect upon the ventral aspect of the left hemi cord. I had a fall in July of 2008 and that is when my back issues began, I have other... (6 replies)
... he threat as they were flattening my spinal cord so these levels were the priority and I did not have any neck pain, arm problem at that time. He did the 2 level fusion on these first. ... (6 replies)
... T1 or 2 posterior lami with foraminotomies bilaterally and fusion with all the fun hardware. He says my ACDF is nearly completely failed and my bone is disintegrating around the hardware. ... (4 replies)
... I'd appreciate any advice about my current cervical spine issues. Are there other options besides a multi-level fusion? I see my neurosurgeon again on 6/17, & hope to have educated questions to ask him. History: At age 49 I woke with a stiff neck, found I had 60% spinal cord compression by a herniated disc, and 7/2013 had c5-c6 ACDF surgery & a Medtronic Peek implant.... (1 replies)
... I have recently gotten my mri results and I didnt entirely understand what all the doctor was saying. I need help with understanding it in normal terms if someone could help me. Below is the Impression of what the results were
Normal C-spine axis. Anterior cervical spine fusion at C5-6 with a well-contained interverbral spacer. No signs of discitis or spondylitis.
At... (4 replies)
... Please. I have had cervical fusion at C5/C6 on 10/2013. Yet I am still in pain. Neck pain and radiculopathy in left upper extremity, and now I'm seeing symptoms going into the right upper extremity. Dr. says everything is fine... Someone please help me. Also I had an EMG performed before the C5/C6 fusion that indicated the c7/c8 was causing the pain and radiculopathy.. Anyone... (8 replies)
... My prayers are with you. In February 2012 I had a Posterior Cervical Laminectomy from C3 to C7 with rods, screws and fusion from C3 to T2. ... (3 replies)
... I would say 2-3 weeks before you feel like flying back home. I just had my C5-C6 fused 4 weeks ago. My surgery pains were gone around 2 weeks post op. I could only eat soft foods and liquids for the first couple of weeks. I drank a lot slim fast in place of meals because of all the vitamins the 2 weeks. Your going to be sore the first few days after surgery. Just... (2 replies)
... sort of similar to the corpectomy but I had no fusion or plates. ... (2 replies)