I had C4-C5 and C5-C6 fused with hardware 6 years ago. I started having pain about a week ago. Also had the same pain about 18 months ago. Well I had an MRI today and now I scared.
It looks like the metal in my neck might have effected the MRI quality, but it says disc protrusion in C3-C4 and C6-C7, bulging degenerated disc C7-T1. The scarey thing is it also says that the metal device is encroaching upon the spinal canal.
I can live with the disc..I let my lumbar go so long that it fused itself. So I'm tough. I only had the cervical fusion because it was causing numbness and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do my job. But metal encroaching on spinal canal sounds serious. Is it? Can any one tell me anything about this? Please. Also I'm new here looks like a very needed place. Thanks in advance.