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I have been reading the messages on this board for about two weeks. And now I think it's time for me to post a message.

I have had pain in my neck for about two years and I've seen a few doctors both in New Jersey and in New York City. I am 48 years old and have used a wheelchair my whole life because of the condition that affects my muscles and my joints. The only part of my body that has not been affected was my neck.

A surgeon at the Hospital For Special Surgery recommended surgery on at least my C5 and C6. I believe he wants to do a Laminoplasty? I am having an MRI this week which might reveal more extensive damage. So my surgery might be more involved.

Here is the CT report from a month ago...

[I][B]There is straightening of normal cervical lordosis. Alignment is otherwise maintained. There are advanced multilevel degenerative changes. Disk space narrowing and osteophyte formation is evident.

At the C2-3 level, there is minimal disc bulge and osteophytic ridge, which slightly flattens the ventral thecal sac. There is facet hypertrophy contributing to mild to moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis left greater than right.

At C3-4, there is a broad-based disc bulge and osteophytic ridge, which slightly flattens the ventral thecal sac., contributing moderate to severe central spinal canal stenosis. There is uncovertebral joint and facet hypertrophy, contributing to my moderate to severe bilateral for foraminal stenosis.

At C4-5 level there is broad-based disc bulge and osteophytic ridge, which flattens the fecal sac, contributing to moderate central spinal canal stenosis. There is umconvertibral joint hypertrophy contributes to mild to moderate bilateral foraminal stenosis left greater than right.

At C5-6 level, there is a broad-based disc bulge and osteophytic ridge, which flattens the ventral thecal sac contributing to moderate to severe central spinal canal stenosis. There is a uncovertebral joint and facet hypertrophy, contributing to moderate to severe bilateral foraminal stenosis left greater than right

At C6 7 level, there is a large disk Osteophyte complex, which severely narrows the central canal. Cord compression is suspected. There is uncovertebral joint and facet hypertrophy contributing to severe bilateral foraminal stenosis right greater than left.[/B][/I]

Hving the usual pain in neck, shoulders, and left arm, and tingling and weaknes in left arm.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.





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