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[QUOTE=neckpain]Hi Jeannine,

Thanks for replying! I would certainly get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. Calcification can occur at any level of the spinal cord. In my case, the OPLL is continuous from C2 to T1 and is severely compressing the spinal cord. The calcification is apparently caused by ossification of the ligament that runs up and down the spine. The ossification is caused by abnormal calcium metabolism. There is no cure or treatment for this condition other than surgery. And I have read that surgery doesn't always help. My dr. wants to do a laminectomy from C3 to T1 and fuse all the vertebrae. This is a posterior approach to the spine and involves removing the lamen (the spiny part of the vertebrae) so that the spinal cord can move away from the calcified ligament. I hope that you can get a more exact diagnosis from a specialist, and I hope that you don't have OPLL. OPLL is a rare condition that is found more frequently in Asians. I'm not Asian but Caucasians can have this condition too. Please let me know how your surgery goes, if you decide to go ahead with it. I wish you the very best........Jan in San Carlos, CA[/QUOTE]

Hi:
I had a similar problem and had surgery Dec 1. I had herniated diiscs at C4, C5, C6 and C7. I also had osteophytes and spurs pressing into spinal cord and spinal cord compression at all these levels. I had severe tingling and pins and needles in my hands, and feet and had started to progress up my legs and arms. I work for neurosurgeons and one of the best at cervical and back surgeries in the country is in our group.He did my surgery. It took a little over 8 hours. I had a cervical ACD&F at three levels and a cervical corpectomy at two levels with fibular strut graft and Premier plating. He said he picked pieces of bone out for a couple of hours. My surgery was pretty extensive but I did well and am now two weeks post op. The first few days are pretty miserable but survivable. I still have occasional muscle spasms in the back of my neck and shoulders and down one arm which they say is from the positioning in surgery for so long. Surprisingly my swallowing was effected only for about four days and now is back to normal. I will have to be in this Miami J collar for 2-3 months ugh, ugh, ugh. I also wear a bone growth stimulator for 3 hours per day. I go for first check up tomorrow. Now we just wait and pray it fuses. Don't know if all this rambling helped you or not. Hope so.

Mary
[QUOTE=guynnm]Hi:
I had a similar problem and had surgery Dec 1. I had herniated diiscs at C4, C5, C6 and C7. I also had osteophytes and spurs pressing into spinal cord and spinal cord compression at all these levels. I had severe tingling and pins and needles in my hands, and feet and had started to progress up my legs and arms. I work for neurosurgeons and one of the best at cervical and back surgeries in the country is in our group.He did my surgery. It took a little over 8 hours. I had a cervical ACD&F at three levels and a cervical corpectomy at two levels with fibular strut graft and Premier plating. He said he picked pieces of bone out for a couple of hours. My surgery was pretty extensive but I did well and am now two weeks post op. The first few days are pretty miserable but survivable. I still have occasional muscle spasms in the back of my neck and shoulders and down one arm which they say is from the positioning in surgery for so long. Surprisingly my swallowing was effected only for about four days and now is back to normal. I will have to be in this Miami J collar for 2-3 months ugh, ugh, ugh. I also wear a bone growth stimulator for 3 hours per day. I go for first check up tomorrow. Now we just wait and pray it fuses. Don't know if all this rambling helped you or not. Hope so.

Mary[/QUOTE]

Jan:

UPDATE: I got a copy of my operative note yesterday. I did have OPLL. after they did my vertebrectomies and discectomies, they decompressed the spinal cord more by removing as much of the calcification from the posterior logitudinal ligament as they could. My numbness and tingling are much improved. Not completely gone but livable now, and yes your problem is progressive and my doc said I would end up unable to use my hands and be in a wheelchair eventually.
Keep me updated.
Mary





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