I was hoping to get some input on my continued cervical problems. They just won't quit! I had a ACDF C6 C7 after a violent cough ruptured the disc. In November of 08 I had a ACDF of C5 C6 after a spinal cord compression. I ended up with myelopathy and all the symptoms that go along with it. I have been in therapy since February and about 3 weeks ago i noticed my arms were more painful and getting weaker. I figured it was the therapy doing this. I went to the NS last week who was surprised at the increased weakness I had. He ordered an MRI and now it appears i have a bulging disc at C7 T1 with narrowing of the left neural foramen and a bulge at C3 c4 that is causing narrowing of the foramen and flattening of the left anterior canal. I must wait two weeks to see the NS to discuss my options. My internist feels I will need more surgery.
How much can the cervical spine take? I know the weakness is more alarming than the pain to the Drs. My Physiatrist even took me out of rehab because it was causing more pain.
Can they possibly fuse anymore and expect you to function? How many cervical vertebra can they fuse? I have followed all of the Drs directions and have not lifted or done anything strenuous. When is enough enough? I am only 47 and feel like i am totally falling apart. I do not anymore surgery but would like my arm weakness and the deep achiness to go away.
Has anyone ever had a similar experience? Will I ever see the light at the end of the tunnel? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated because i am totally numb right now. Thanks, Bethy