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I am one year post a C4-C7 (I forget if that's a level 3 or 4) ACDF. (surgery date 1/19/11)

I've been having pain issues ever since surgery. I initially attributed this to healing. My pain symptoms have gotten a little worse, both in severity, and area affected. I'm having neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain, right hand especially, in all my fingers, the back of my hand, wrist, forearm, bicep, tricep, deltoid, pec, etc.

My original issues were from herniated discs, central canal stenosis, neural foraminal stenosis and degenerative arthritis.

I had an MRI done on 12/24/11. I confess that I don't quite understand what this mri is saying. What it appears to me is, the central canal stenosis has not been fixed. How can this be? I guess I assumed when they did surgery and removed my discs and replaced them with cadaver bone, that they would also remove the pressure from my spinal cord. I also thought that they would fix (if this is even possible?) the neural forminal stenosis I had. I've attached results from my latest mri. Anyone want to take a guess? I have a doctor appointment, but it's not until after the new year, and the waiting is killing me!

I feel like I went through hell, for nothing. I'm confused. Maybe my mri isn't that bad, but it sure seems like it.





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