... Hi All,
Getting nervous ! Tried to give all the info you'd need below, but feel free to ask questions:
I am 6 months and 2 days out from C4-5, C6-7 ACDF and within the past few weeks I've been experiencing muscle twitching on right side in: eyebrow, shoulder, tricep, forearm, space between thumb and index finger, right side of back, right calf and some left calf and... (2 replies)
... T3 from facet spur formation. There is no cord edema and no bone stress response. Noted straightening of the normally observed cervical lordosis may alter spinal biomechanics and can be associated with muscle spasm. ... (27 replies)
... If you had exactly the "right" kind of impingement on your cord, I suppose it might have this effect. ... (7 replies)
... I had my latest pain management procedure on 11/13/12. Before going under, I talked to the doc, explaining my concern about the not more than 8mm width of the canal at C3-4 and C3-5 (from the CT) and the impingement on the canal in that area (from the MRI). He agreed that I should be concerned but said if I were to have another fusion, I would probobaly need another in 5... (47 replies)
... Your MRI is complicated, but far from terrifying. For starters, the radiologist does not see cord impingement due to the herniated disks. ... (5 replies)
... Hello all, I posted VERY EARLY this morning and made no sense, No wonder I didnt get a reply, lol I'm sorry im just so weak in my arms and in so much pain needing answers.
I was wondering if someone could please help me understand the severity of these results and maybe if your educated in this area it would be wonderful if you could explain it to me PRETTY PLEASE:):):)
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... cord impingement is allowed to go on, the greater the likelihood of irreparable damage. ... (2 replies)
... mm. Within the canal, and surrounding the cord, is the spinal fluid. If you see an MRI, the fluid will be light, and the cord dark. ... (14 replies)
... Since no one gave you any answers, I did a little investigating and will give it a try.
Question 1-yes you have spinal stenosis in the cervical area only according to your tests(not thoracic tests included). In your case, it is congenital as noted. Means you were born this way. As you get older, it closes up even more.
Question 2- there is no mention of disk dessicatioin... (8 replies)
... Is there evidence of spinal stenosis and why? ... (8 replies)
... I received a report of an MRI of a 2 year old injury to my spinal cord. ... (2 replies)
... First, by your symptoms they can tell which nerves are involved. Each nerve has a dermatome (an area of the body where impingement or damage of the nerve is felt).
Then, while doing the injection they are using a flourascope which is an "active xray" so it stays on during the procedure. That helps the doctor track where the needle is in relation to the nerve they are... (3 replies)
... omgosh that is not good from what i have read before. i would talk more with your doc. when is your next appt with him/her.
i hope more knowledgable ppl respond to you because i can't really help except that i know that it's not good to have the spinal cord impinged (6 replies)
I saw that you posted a reply to me in another thread---Thank-you for that--you mentioned that I have the same symptoms as you did pre-op. (fasciculations, spastic gait, left-sided weakness, balance issues, heavyness in legs)...My MRI shows 1 herniated disc at C5-6, C6-7, bone spurs, and stenosis...everything is "mild to moderate" except where it's "severe C6 root... (4 replies)
... Julie - lots of people try traction, in general, it is most successful with smaller bulges. It won't fix hypertrophic facet joints, facet arthropathy, nerual foraminal stenosis (and in fact might actually irritate the nerves more from my experience). With a significant nerve impingement like he has - traction might increase symtpoms terribly - I lived to tell about it :-0
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... not compress the cord. There is bilateral moderate hypertrophic facet arthropathy and mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. The midline AP dimension of the spinal canal is 10 mm and there is not appreciable cord flattening. ... (16 replies)
... e a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon and have them evaluate the situation. If your stenosis is bad enough I suppose it could impede the flow of cerebral spinal fluid but that would be very severe. ... (8 replies)
... It says there is no neural impingement and no cord contact but one is pretty close to the cord in my opinion. It would not take much of an injury to get it there but I am not a doc. ... (44 replies)
... Seems odd that a doctor would say surgery wouldn't help. I'd check out another nueurosurgeon and an orthopedic spine surgeon. If stenosis has been bothering you for years it seems that surgery may be an option to releive the symptoms. That being said, sometimes damage is permanent (nerves that undergo impingement for a long time may not fully recover). But it's worth... (5 replies)
... :wave: From my experience I would say depending on the severity of the impingement, that yes you will need surgery. I am 9 wks post-op ACDF C5-C6 I had severe cord impingement with the same symptoms that you are describing, vertigo, headache , severe pain down shoulder, numbness & tingling arms& legs. My NS said that with the cord involvement that surgery was necessary because... (4 replies)