Hi fellow spine sufferers. I had a lamenectomy on my Lumbar spine 12 years ago on 3 levels. It worked out pretty well since then. My lumbar spine is fine now, but now I have a new treat in store.
I had a whiplash injury 43 years ago, when I was 20. Since that time, my neck has always had problems off and on, but I lived with it.
However about 4 months ago, I had neck pain, numbness in my fingers and toes that hasn't gone away. I asked for an MRI and it appears that C5-6 and C6-7 are sites of osteophites - bone spurs, and a bad disc at C6-7 that gives me only 6.3 mm of spinal canal.
The neurosurgeon says he will give me an electrical test to assess any spinal cord damage but he thinks he will recommend surgery, which I fully expect. He plans an anterior disk removal with cadaver bone insert to the disk space on C6-7 and probably C5-6 as well - the two worst spots.
I am hoping that this procedure will stop any further degeneration and perhaps restore somewhat my neck, which has never really been very comfortable for the 43 years since the whiplash.
My only concerns are that my primary care doctor seems more wary of this than I am and also, I would like to know if my range of motion will be permanently limited. Many people have success with this procedure - I wonder what happens if it doesnt work out?
Also, I am a cigar and pipe smoker and I guess I will have to stop for quite a while before and after surgery - I probably will give it up for good. I had dental implants two years ago and my smoking made the healing time twice as long and painful.
That's it. Glad to meet everyone.