I've had chronic thumb pain & weakness on my left side for the last 2 years. After seeing a neurosurgeon it was discovered that I had spinal cord compression at C4-C5. Whilst the pain I have is normally associated with the C6 level I went ahead and had ACDF (July 09) @ C4-5 relieving the pressure at the cord but also hoping to relieve the pain. Unfortunately the pain in the thumb & weakness in the arm (outer bicep)still persists.
I've since had the injection at C6 root which has done nothing to improve my situation.
After going back to my neuro surgeon & consulting a 2nd, we are now considering a foraminotomy. Whilst narrowing of the foramin unfortunately is not obvious on the MRI, CT & Myelograph they say that clinically, my symptoms are such that it must be coming from there...I'm prepared to have the op but would hate to have it & come out of it with no improvement...so
1) Has anyone experienced this or been in a similar predicament?
2) Can anyone comment on a foraminotomy ?
3) Has anyone seen a neurologist & had opinions from them??
Hoping for some adive ...