I had an ACDF C4 to C6 Aug 2009. I've been having pins/needle, numbness, and stabbing in my arms, shoulders and upper back for about the last 5 months - some days better and some days horrible. Thought it was just part of what life was going to be like. It got so bad last week I ended up in the ER. I saw my spine surgeon yesterday and the x-ray shows the disc btwn C6 and C7 has basically bit the dust. Compared to the x-rays, etc from last fall - there is a big difference. I'm going for an MRI Tues the 27th so we can get a better picture of what's going on and I'm trying an epidural steroid injection on the 29th (although neither the doctor nor I are optimistic it's going to help).
Has anyone had a fusion and then had to have another fusion because of issues above or below the original fusion? If so, what was done, did they have to redo any of the original fusion, was recovery any different?
Sorry for the long post. I'm nervous about the potential of yet another surgery.
Feb 2007 - L3 through S1 fusion
Aug 2009 - C4 through C6 fusion