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You are supposed tgo have cervical lordosis (backward bend), unless you have too much.

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The C2 disk is displaced forward slightly over the C3. Shouldn't matter much.

<<C5-C6 - small right side uncovertebral bone spur indenting into the right foramen.>>

Google "images of uncovertebral joint" and look at third picture. Shows an example of your problem. You have a "small" bone spur (osteophyte) that may be impacting the peripheral nerve as it heads down to your right shoulder/arm/hand. If the C6 nerve is affected, you might notice it particularly in your thumb.

<<C6-C7 - large disc/osteophyte complex compressing the subarachnoid space anterolaterally and narrowing the left nueral foramen. Mild decreased AP diameter of spinal cord.>>

Clearly the worst level. He doesn't say how badly the left foramen is affected, which is unfortunate. Compression of the spinal cord isn't good, but people can have badly compressed cords for a while and hardly notice.

I don't see any flashing red lights here, but it seems like your docs are putting two (your symptoms) and two (the C6-7 complex) together and getting four (you need an ACDF). Not unreasonable.

Did they say how many levels they want to do? Did they say how they might address the uncovertebral bone spur at C5-6?

I'd be interested to know how the NS sees it...
Hi USgirl456,
I have similar problem, straight neck, bone spur, narrow foramen..., lots of pain on the back that I couldn’t sleep, some finger-numbness, didn't lost any walking ability nor stability.

The finally conclusion is, since the control/balance/walking part is ok, the bone spur at the C5/C6 level which seems pressing the spinal cord (centre) didn't do much damage. All signals from top to bottom go through.
The pain on the back is what they called "refer pain". Mine was due to nerve compression on the foramen, 2 levels, 3 holes.

10 months ago, walked into operation room: Posterior Formainotomy on bilateral C6/7 and right C5/6. I thought I should be fully recovered by now, but unfortunately not. Previous nerve pains are almost gone. Back is still a bit sore, cannot tolerate any pressure, so no bra. The new problem is the weak neck muscle, I still cannot sit up-right whole day. I need to lie down every 4-5 hours. If I have choice I will try "Anterior Microforaminotomy for Cervical Disc Herniation". But this type of operation is not available here.

Problem going in from the back is cutting through a lot more muscle than from the front, much longer recovery time.

Do I regret? No, of course not. I can sleep now.
I have seen four neurosurgeons, all suggested 2 level fusions ADCF. I am 46 years old single mum, I don't want to have more levels fused too soon. I read alot of articles, and formaintomy looks like the best option I have, and I convinced one of them to do it.

I hope my experience can help. And all the best.
Hi USgirl456,

I have similar problem, straight neck, bone spur, narrow foramen..., lots of pain on the back that I couldn’t sleep, some finger-numbness, didn't lost any walking ability nor stability.
The finally conclusion is, since the control/balance/walking part is ok, the bone spur at the C5/C6 level which seems pressing the spinal cord (centre) didn't do much damage. All signals from top to bottom go through.

The pain on the back is what they called "refer pain". Mine was due to nerve compression on the foramen, 2 levels, 3 holes.

10 months ago, walked into operation room: Posterior Formainotomy on bilateral C6/7 and right C5/6. I thought I should be fully recovered by now, but unfortunately not. Previous nerve pains are almost gone. Back is still a bit sore, cannot tolerate any pressure, so no bra. The new problem is the weak neck muscle, I still cannot sit up-right whole day. I need to lie down every 4-5 hours. If I have choice I will try "Anterior Microforaminotomy for Cervical Disc Herniation" from Dr. Jho. But I am in Australia, and this type of operation is not available here.

Problem going in from the back is cutting through a lot more muscle than from the front, much longer recovery time.

Do I regret? No, of course not. I can sleep now.
I have seen four neurosurgeons, all suggested 2 level fusions ADCF. I am 46 years old single mum, I don't want to have more levels fused too soon. I read alot of articles, and formaintomy looks like the best option I have, and I convinced one of them to do it.

I hope my experience can help. And all the best.





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