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C6, C7 fused

WrathiusWWrathius Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone,

The other day i was at my doctors getting the results of the x-rays they did on my lower back and neck and the doctor told my that my c6 and c7 are fused. When I tried to ask her what that meant she said she could refer me to a orthopedic surgeon but wouldn't tell me what I should be expecting or what the diagnoses meant.

I have tried looking on the web for answers but all i get are case studies of what seems to be people having there c6, c7 fused. Which is what is confusing me if people go have have a surgery done to have done what happened naturally in me is that a good thing or bad thing. It is driving me nuts not knowing what this could mean. I am scared that one day ill wake up and not be able to move or i won't have full control of my extremities.

Please someone help me understand this,


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Please keep in mind I'm not a doctor or anywhere near one, but from what I know and have read, what you have is a congenital fusion, or Klippel-Feil syndrome. It's a rare disorder and I've found a few articles on it, but if you research, you might find more. I've included a link below that is one of the best descriptions of cervical Klippel-Feil syndrome I found in my short search.


    My suggestion is to find a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, ortho or neuro, but someone who only works on spines.

    Hope this helps a little. Please keep us posted - we don't have a lot of people here with this syndrome and it will be interesting to hear what your surgeon says, what the problems are associated with this disorder and what solutions are presented to you.

    Take care and thanks for posting.
  • Thank you if this is truly what it is then that would explain whos genetics tree gave my son spina bfida that he was born with.

    Well I guess its time to go talk to the specialist and find out what needs to be done.
  • I have congenital fusion of c5-c6. Mine was found 11 years ago and just like posted above most of what Ive found is information on klippel-fiel syndrome. My pain management dr now said he could not say for sure if thats what I have or another syndrome since I have a few birth defects(born with cancer, mild shoulder deformity, and bi-cuspid aortic valve). That it would take a geneticist? (spelling probably wrong) and a look into both family trees, sadly my fathers family is all deceased including my father- so that would prove interesting.

    I am now 38 and my congenital fusion is just now getting real problematic, but I also had 4 surgeries on my throat 20 years ago for my cancer that removed muscles in my neck which created spasms & spinal instability. The spasms have always been an issue with mild neck pain & daily headaches, the last year or so it has become severe.

    If you want to chat feel free to pm me. My congenital fusion when diagnosed also had 2 bulging discs -the one above & the one below, but they werent an issue until now.
  • Hey guys,
    I have congenital spinal fusion and spinal narrowing.
    It was first noticed when I slipped and broke my collar bone when
    I was 12. I'm now 26 and still have daily pain and regular muscle
    Spasms. During my Adolescent years the pain was unbareable, my
    Mum took me to a chiropractor for about 5 years and this helped a small amount.
    I have since tried regular massage which helps for. Short period. I've recently
    Started getting server headaches and am wondering if I should have
    This condition regularly checked as it hasn't been since I was a child?
    The only other option Ive been given by gps when I complain is valium.... Of course
    I don't wish to take this on a regular basis. Just looking for any advice,
    And so happy to read that I'm not alone :)
  • Does anyone else suffer from a strong burning sensation on the soles of their feet? I was told this maybe associated with my fusion
    Rach xx
  • Does anyone else suffer from a strong burning sensation on the soles of their feet? I was told this maybe associated with my fusion
    Rach xx
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