... 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)
... Adjacent segment disease does occur in the lumbar and thoracic spine as well. ... (10 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)
... now chiropractors could be helpful, but I want to know the diagnosis before messing with my neck and spine. Should I see a neurologist or orthopedic doctor, or a spine dr? ... (0 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)
... You're reply came in as I was typing mine :). RE: cervical and lumbar spine issues : A large, multi-institutional study found that ~40% of people with cervical spine issues also had lumbar spine issues without explanatory disease processes (like Ankylosing Spondylitis) so I guess that is pretty common. I, fortunately, do not.
I did, however, have the 500 pound head thing.... (10 replies)
... If not you'll definitely want to have a discussion with your spine surgeon about what could be causing your symptoms. ... (10 replies)
... ble surgery on my lumbar L1 to L5 and am currently going to 3 other specialists that my Ortho Dr is sending me to, to try to find out what's going on in my whole spine so...we'll see what happens. ... (10 replies)
... I am no Doctor, but I'm glad my Ortho only wanted to do 2 levels only and see if that does what he expects. I had the upper two discs flattening the spinal cord, so that was a priority. I breezed through that surgery and I am hoping this one is the same, since he has to remove all the old hardware from the first surgery, because it can't be reused.
In your case you are... (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)
... In the results of my MRI he wrote "Small central disc protrusion and annular disc osteophyte complex at C6-7"
I sort of understand the protrusion part of this but the rest...I'm confused.
C4-5 and C5-6 were fused 2 1/2 years ago.
Can anyone explain what this means? (10 replies)
... wever, research shows that two years out from surgery, the results are the same whether people had surgery or healed on their own. And of course, surgery on the spine is not without the potential of risk. ... (2 replies)
... Hi larisa, Im so glad you are home & have family to care for you well! It sounds like you were very sick post op or required a lot more care than i have ever experienced with back surgery & in nicu mustve been very hard on you & especially if you didnt feel cared for properly. I have arachnoiditis also & on your thread mri deciphering posted a bit about it & also there is... (5 replies)
... different spine experts. ... (4 replies)
... Was it an ortho spine surgeon? ... (1 replies)
... Can someone tell me do they do a CT scan of the "chest" to check spine cyst? ... (1 replies)
... Welcome to the board. Have you had previous spine surgery such as a discectomy? ... (2 replies)
... ning of the normally observed cervical lordosis and diffuse cervical disc dehydration dhange. The posterior fossa is clear. Discogenic changes in the midcervical spine are most pronounced, characterized by endplate ridging, early disc height loss, and formation of dorsal disc osteophytes. ... (27 replies)
... I have tried Pt. and yes it was measured weakness in my left hand. I have tried 2 rounds of oral steroids and 2 Epidural Steroid injections now. After the second steroid injections I was in horrible pain, the steroids just did not help me. So no more oral or injections for me. Yes pain in arm in neck . This has been a long road. I see my Orthopedic spine surgeon every 4 -6... (13 replies)