I guess we all get here...*my* turn to ask for you alls' advice. My first fusion (C5/6) went great, the second initially seemed real good, then at 7 weeks started having the return of some of my pre-op symptoms. X-Ray/MRI didn't reveal anything striking. Okay, so around 4 months lose the voice - told by ENT hardware is moving (or bones) and irritating them. No damage occurring. X-Ray taken and crack noted below first fusion hardware screw. Was told not to worry as it should heal on its own. Around that same time I lost most of the feeling and function concerning my Ulnar from the neck down (C7/T1), so I am set for an NCV/EMG this coming Tuesday.
2 days ago I was at work and we were watching a "breaking news" clip on the oil rig. One of my co-workers gently bumped my arm to advise me to watch it (the clip). I felt a pang of pain, but sort of forgot about it. I bumped my arm softly a little later and it hurt again. I explored my arms (triceps regions) and found the right side could barely handle being touched and pressed on was really painful, same for the left short of the skin sensitivity, and for both could follow this pain trail up to the rear part of the shoulder, and same to the base of the neck. I've had issues with this last fusion, so I figured "Okay more stuff to show maybe the fusion isn't stable, okay have an EMG next week, no biggie."
Today...I woke up and could not feel most of my right arm! Now I've had that happen twice before, but the feeling came back within minutes, and never before today did it also fully numb everything concerning the Median nerve and related muscles. I and only feel the Radial portions of my forearm. From just above my elbow to the tips of my fingers, the arm feels pretty dead and heavy. No hand control, strength or feeling in any fingers, thumb or palm (top and bottom), top and side (ulnar) of the forearm to just past the elbow, pain in the triceps all the way to the neck, and too pain in the muscle forward of the triceps (before you reach the biceps).
From what I could figure from the Dermatome Map, these areas are directly from the C6/7/8 nerve roots. My C5/6 is a solid fusion (issues pre-fusion were to the right), C6/7 still has issues, and C7/T1 moderate bone spurs and bulging disk (no nerve impingement so far?). I know we can re-herniate, but to the same side again? And 3 levels? Needless to say I am not a happy camper today, and I think it is beginning to give me a bit of a scare. The *only* reason I haven't called my NS's emergency number is I already have an NCV/EMG Tuesday for the upper spine and arms. ER? Naw...all they seem to do from what I see on here is x-ray (maybe) give you pills and send you on your way to see your doctor...ooh and $800+ bucks down the toilet! No Thanks!
My next NS appt. is the 13th, and that was were we where going to decide neck fix or back. Hummm... beginning to think my body took the lead vote there? Grrrr...What do you all think? I am asking as a fellow spiney of course, I just am so frustrated and at a loss on this, and it keeps stacking on for Pete's sake! Thanks in advance guys. *hug*
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.