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I just had cervical spine surgery in June

A: OH - I was hoping someone would reply to this. I am five weeks post op with ACF c/5-6. They used my own bone from my pelvis. My hip is no longer a real issue but I have intense burning over both my shoulders most days after being up for a few hours. Plus my head begins to ache and the pain begins to radiate more down the arm on the opposing side from where I had the original symptoms. I can lay in a recliner and get temporary relief but once I am up and moving, the pain and burning returns. My initial MRI indicated all discs in my neck "bulging" but only one had collapsed so that is the disc the neuro concentrated on for this surgery. I have also been advised that this may become an ongoing issue for me and came to these forums looking to see if...


Has anyone had cervical spine surgery?

A: In that amazing spinal cord of yours... you have many neurological "tracts" which carry specific types of information- including balance back and forth between your central nervous system and your peripheral nervous system. When you have a disc herniation, it is kind of like a "jelly doughnut" with the jelly mushing out and slightly compressing on your spinal cord. This can cause issues with proprioception (balance). Has your doc mentioned that not only does your range of motion decrease after surgery, but your incidence of herniations above and below the fused segment will be increased tremendously? Think you have problems now? How about the incidence of "failed back surgery syndrome"= scar tissue adhesing...

how do you know when you need cervical spine surgery

A: Hi electriglide, I''m "big" on MRI''s and would suggest one. I think they show more than a regular x-ray does (mine did) and if your x-ray showed what it did, I''d personally want to see if the MRI showed anything further or could illuminate even more. As for surgery, maybe, maybe not. I couldn''t say. There are alternatives to surgery that can work beautifully all on their own, but sometimes surgery is necessary to take care of things if the alternatives can''t or won''t. If you do end up needing surgery, being in good shape will be a help. And, I''m sorry for the pain you are experiencing. I wish you well. Meghan You do need an MRI. No matter your age you shouldn''t...


What Is a cervical spine Fusion?

A: When constant pain in the cervical spine, or neck area, cannot be successfully treated with other methods, a cervical spine fusion is sometimes performed. This surgical procedure fuses vertebrae in the neck to each other, limiting movement so that the pain is reduced or eliminated. At times, a cervical spine fusion is the best way to end long-term, debilitating pain. Chronic pain in the cervical vertebrae is often caused by nerve compression. Fusing the vertebrae at the point where the nerves are compressed greatly reduces motion in the area. It can also help make additional room for nerves and nerve roots. The result...


cervical spine disc herniation

A: Dear Mirza, First of all I am shocked to find out that the ENT told you that the tinnitis is a result of the loss of your neck curve...pretty forward thinking on his part.  This is a possibility due to the neurological connection of the upper cervical nerve roots, the trigeminal ganglion, and the cranial nerves, so it is a possibility.  That being said, I hope he explored other options as well just to be thorough. Concerning the neurosurgeon, I would have to disagree with his assessment, but only because you just had an MRI that found no disc bulge.  However, he is correct that all of these symptoms can be the direct result of a cervical disc bulge pressing into the spinal cord...this is called a long track sign. But,...


What is slippage after cervical neck surgery?

A: cervical slippage occurs when a disk moves out of place following surgery to one of the top seven vertebrae in the spine. These seven disks are collectively called the cervical spine. Surgeries can increase the risk of slippage due to several factors.cervical NeckThe cervical spine and cervical neck are the same thing. The two terms are used interchangeably, and sometimes the cervical spine is just commonly called the ''neck.''...


Kyphosis cervical spine

A: hi claudia basically your spine is losing its natural curve. in "extreme cases" loss of cervical curve can cause paralysis- which would be seen to be beginning if you lost bladder or bowel control this is not how it normally goes though. you have no fractures of the vertebrae seen in advanced cases, so as long as you get some therapy you ought not to get to the loss of function stage. prognosis: "The majority of patient with kyphosis respond very well to a combination of physical therapy, exercises, and medications. Even in more severe cases that eventually require surgery, patients are able to return to normal activities without restrictions, in most cases, after they have fully recovered from


My husband had his 3rd cervical fusion surgery yesterday?

A: Hi christine, I missed hearing from you I have absolutlely no answer to your question except that I have had two different surgeries where the skin and the muscle below had a feeling of numbness for about six moths or so.Has he contacted his doctors to see if that feeling is normal and one to be expexcted? The two of you must be saints with all the issues you have and all the pain you have to deal with. All this can wreak havoc on your nerves, but you must be very close to empathize with his pain and he with yours. That in itself must be worth some of this. Hang in there and tell your hubby to get well. ( you can tell him how you thought I was a drag queen) when all my handle means I fall down all the time! Now,keep in mind I moved in with my mom when my dad was so sick he could not even...


cervical spine and accident follow-up to Jessica"s 04/07 question

A: Dear John, First, you may want to print this out...it is lengthy and somewhat complicated in places.  However, I think you will get the big picture which is what really matters. While the physics is important, the anatomical responses are the most important aspect to discuss. The kinematic response of the occupant (driver/passenger) of a car that is the striking vehicle is different than in a rear impact.  First of all at impact, your body is decelerated in the forward direction rather than accelerated.  This is due to your body"s inertial movements (Newton"s first law of motion)...as the truck you were driving almost immediately stops, your body continues forward at the same speed until it is halted by the restraint system or you hit the vehicle interior. When you...


Can you give me the basic causes of quadriplegia after cervical fusion surgery? Can a doctor ever really determine once limb weakness arose, whether or not it could it be fixed, if treated quickly? If so, how quickly?

A: There can be many reasons for weakness after cervical spine surgery. All of them relate to injury of the spinal cord at that level. The cord could be injured by direct trauma from the surgical instruments (usually unlikely if the surgery was from the front), the pushing of bone fragments against the spinal cord, or lack of blood flow to the cord during the operation. If recognized early, the chances for recovery are better. Minutes and hours are of the essence in these cases....

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