... Funny, I had my C5-6 fusion in 2007 and was pain free until a year ago. Due to retrolisthesis, I had C6-7 done in February. I too have been dismissed by neurosurgeons.
According to my current surgeon, my problem will not show up on an MRI because I am laying flat on my back. But during flex/extension X-rays, all of my vertebrae from C3-T1 slip and slide on each other. Any... (23 replies)
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... He wanted to do a posterior fusion just like my original surgeon wanted to do in 2005 and because I asked too many questions told me to leave... ... (23 replies)
... After 1 1/2 year of physical therapy, 3 cervical epidurals and pain, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic medications, I continue to suffer with neck, shoulder and bilateral arm pain and parasthesias to the fingers and also left shoulder blade.
I was in Pt 3 days a week, but couldn't advance beyond a beginner in terms of strengthening exercises. Any increase always... (0 replies)
... I had this done several years ago and was doing very well now for several years. My NS warned me about possible issues with C7-T1 back in 2009 and now I am having those issues which could be either caused by mme or the fusion, I'm not looking for something to blame. On May 12th I woke up in morning felt a kink in neck when geting out of bed and couldn't even stand up.... I... (2 replies)
... Hi, on Feb. 21, I had acdf at C4/5, 5/6 and 6/7. For 15 days post-op, I had excruciating nerve pain in my left arm before it started dissapating. Before surgery, I had a dull ache in left arm but no nerve pain; so I was terrified that the surgery had caused new problems. Since the nerve pain subsided, I have had very bad pain in my upper back and at the site of the worst... (5 replies)
... i have an ADR, but i did not have to wear a neck brace. (15 replies)
... BMP is Bovine Morphogenic Protein(also called Bone Morphogenic Protein but it is a cow product)and it's used to make the bone used to fuse things in place grow much faster....or the bone that is used to hold the ADR in place.
They often use little pieces of cadaver bone to help keep things in place when bone has been worn away by arthritis or with an ADR, to make the bone... (15 replies)
... what is BMP? (15 replies)
... It was nice getting a reply to your message this morning to help answer my questions. You raise a good question regarding whether or not my fusion starts at C2 to C3. I am going to obtain my surgical report to find out the information. ... (2 replies)
... T1, was not fused. I guess it is because what I would lose from that fusion might not be worth what I would gain. In either case, it's still messed up and it still causes me problems. ... (8 replies)
I'm not a doctor but Ive been through all of what you speak of. The dropping things was they last straw for my neuro. Surgery is a tough thing, especially as we age but its better than being in a wheelchair I can imagine. (161 replies)
... In 2006 I had a C4-C7 anterior spinal fusion. As of know, C3-C4 has pushed forward and C7-T1 is protruding posteriorly and pushing on my spinal cord and C8 nerve:mad:. I constantly have migraines, radicular arm/had pain and I drop things. My surgeon is telling me that these 2 need to be fused also. I am seeing another specialist next week to confirm or suggest options. (161 replies)
... Hi, please go to a neurosurgeon! My husband is fused at C-3 through C-7. He had spinal cord compression due to arthritis. Within 1 week he went from walking to a wheel chair. The doctor stated that had we left this untreated that within 10 days to 2 weeks his cord would have been severed. He has alot of problems with his back, he had a 5 level lumbar laminectomy in 2005, the... (161 replies)
... Hello, Jenny I am fused from c3 c7, think that I recently injured c7 T1 are aggrevated a problem I already had. I now have atrophy at c7 and disk bulge at c7 t1. How do you feel now that c7 t1 one are fused. Is there a huge ROM issue? ... (13 replies)
... exiting left C7 nerve. Right foramen is clear. ... (0 replies)
... If you have not yet had any surgery I saw your post and thought I would reply.
I have had a 5 level cervical fusion. It was performed by a Neurosurgeon. It went well and I feel a lot better. It is a hard surgery as far as healing. But I think it was worth it. (161 replies)
... wrong with my surgery and that nothing else can be done. I finely went to another NS because my Physiatrist said that he thought that my issues were coming from c7 t1. ... (19 replies)
... InNJ, Thank you for sharing your experience with me. It's nice to hear stories from others who have experienced similar pain and have been brave enough to seek help and fix the problem. I'd give anything to get rid of my pain. I appreciate all of your help! I am feeling more confident everyday about the operation. Trying to schedule for the end of September. Please keep... (15 replies)
... You can ask away-that is ok with me and happy to help you. I was in a car accident years ago that progressed. What brought me to surgery was that I was having really bad left sided neck-shoulder pain along with numbness and tingling in my arms, hands and fingers. At times I dropped things but the worst part was when I worked (I'm a truck driver) the pain in my neck-shoulder... (15 replies)