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MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been compiling all of my files trying to get on state medicaid. In doing so I had sequentially put together all of my MRI's and Cats scans going back over 5 years..... prior to my 2 level ACDF only to my 3 Level Anerior and Posterior with corpectomies at C5 an C6 and posterior rods.

Here's the kicker ... Through out both surgeries I have had problem at C3 (osteophytes and degeneration of the disc and spondolitias of the C3 vertabrae) ..... after 5 surgeris neither of my doctors (one fellowship trained neuro) and (one followship trained Osteo) did anything with my problems at C3 so guess what ... Now I have moderated stenosis at C3 piching my cord from both front and back at that level.

I am kinda surprised and befuddled ..... its off to a new Neurosurgen now to attempt to deal with the chronic pain and radiculapathy in my shoulder, neck, left arm and arm pit, hand and sometime both thumbs go out. Why didn't they do anything with the ostephytes C3??

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  • Dave,

    Are you talking C2/3 - C3 nerve root? I think you are as we have chatted about it before, but wanting to be sure. We are similar at that level. Odd thing? My first 2 MRI's directly said I had Stenosis at that level, yet the last two focused on the large osteophyte complex and bulging disk (9mm) at that level and for my NS to "Please correlate with neurological exam to evaluate for left C3 radicular symptoms." With the stenosis, that was in Dec 07, and according to that MRI, the disk was compressing the sac mildly. Yet in the last two years no reports that its hitting anymore, yet the symptoms continue to increase.

    The scary part with yours though Dave is it is now front and back. Are they planning to do anything with yours? I just re-looked at the MRI pic you sent me, it is actually C3/4 - makes more sense for the thumb issues - my bad! I just hope they can help you out soon. Double bulge is scary!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Nothing surprises me anymore. I always feel like I'm walking a fine line. If we know too much we might appear to be seeking and might imagine symptoms. If we don't ask and search something may be missed.
  • Dave,

    My suspicion is they didn't touch that level at the time as they didn't feel it was problematic for you and by placing the posterior rods was going to be limited motion in that area, and thus what you had wouldn't get any worse.

    The only reason I offer that up is yes i have issues at the c2-c3 area and both surgeons thought by placing posterior rods on this surgery it would stop the progress. The surgeons I talked with where completely independent of each other. The second opinion I used didn't even know the surgeon I was using. So I can only assume both are right and have confidence that this will work. It bites though in your case where it didn't work.
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