I am in desperate need of input from anyone who has experience with my cervical problem. I am so confused and upset that i don't know what to do.
I will try try to get to the point.I had a successful ACDF o C6/C7 in March of 07. Did well until June of 08 where I was having neck pain and noticed progressive Left arm pain and weakness, An MRI showed a bulging disc at C5/C6 with mild spinal stenosis. The CAT scan showed C5 C6 herniation with rt spur narrowing of the Rt neural foramen,Also a a spur at left anterior canal C6,a bulge at C7-T1and a questionable left bulge at C6-C7(I had a ACDF at that level)
Anyway,I get a call by my NS one night at 10pm and he tells me that all of the tests were normal and I didn't need to follow up with him. He kept stressing that the surgical site was healthy along with my spine. He stated my symptoms are not supported by my xrays.I asked him if he saw the reports and he said yes that they were normal. I told him I have the reports and they are pretty scary to me. He still stuck by his opinion that I was fine. He was really nice about it and I was speechless. Most importantly I had an EMG the next day and the results are as follows,evidence of severe left sided C7 root level involvement with associated denervation at rest indicating an ongoing time course.Severley decreased recruitment patterns seen in left tricep and left flexor carpi radialis muscles. I have searched the web for hours and don't understand the meaning of this test. I now have lost all confidence in the NS. My PCP wants me to see the NS on Monday. Its obvious to me that he thinks I am crazy and wants me to believe it also.
I am now having trouble with the Rt arm and severe cramps in my legs(not sure if that is related)
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?Any reply would be appreciated . The more thoughts and ideas I receive should help put me on the right path. I don't know what to think. I really respected this NS and he is highly acclaimed.Thanks for any ideas as i am confused totally!!