Hello, I am new here and have found it an informative source of information with a human side to these spinal disorders. I am a 43 year old male who just learned within the last couple months that I have cervical stenosis and had severe stenosis at C6-7. I had a ACDF with donor bone just over 4 weeks ago, but immediately noticed major weakness in my left arm and very little change in other symptoms.
Maybe I should describe what led up to this. I have always had a sore neck and shoulders, but a year and a half ago my left foot started going somewhat numb, I ignored it. I had been seeing a rheumatologist for severe pain in my feet and knees that would come and go. He thought at first I had gout, as my Uric Acid level was slightly elevated. But it started getting better. Then the numbness in my foot spread up to my knee. Then last December my right foot started going numb and it spread up the leg. And then I started getting severe pain in my lower back that moved up to between my shoulders. This led to Dr. visits and to a Neurologist who did a MRI of my Cervical Spine and my Brain (I was becoming worried that I had MS). The most bizarre nerve sensations and pain were overcoming me. The Cervical MRI showed the C6-7 disk was squished out and pressing on the spinal cord. It was narrowed to 5-6mm.
Ok. So then I had the ACDF with donor bone graft. Pain in the back went away, but my left arm lost a lot of strength and neuropathy and my Lhermitte's nerve sensations have not changed. Had a CT scan (with no contrast) and that showed that material was still poking into my spinal cord on one side again reducing the space to 5mm.
So now I am going in for a second surgery this Monday morning to remove the bone spurs or what ever is still poking my spinal cord and nerve to my left arm. This will be my second surgery I have ever had, the ACDF being the first. I am healthy but worried at this point of even being able to walk and do basic tasks.
I am sorry for such a long-winded post. But is this really that common to have to go back for a second surgery after the first not relieving the symptoms? The first one was stressful but the second one has got me really scared. Sorry, but has anyone gone through anything similar?
Thank you for any replies,