After posting the following I finally found a NS who would see me. No one in my state would touch me. The first thing my new NS did was take an xray of my neck. I kept trying to get previous NS to do this but he would not. My NS showed me the xray. One of the screws from the plate had completely went through my C6 vertebrae and fractured it. The cadaver bone that was put in 9/28/09 was gone or so it appeared on the film, so I had a myleogram (horrible headache for a week even after blood patch. The myleogram confirmed what NS thought, so on 9/27/2010 I had plate and screws removed. I did have some what of the bone left so my NS let my c5/c6 vertebrae rest on each other with the bible thin paper cadaver bone between. I am wearing a cervical bone stimulator (which increases my pain). I need some words of encouragement. I still am in pain. My chest feels broken my neck, upper back hurts and I have the pain in both shoulders and down my arm. I also have swelling on the back of my neck. I returned to work 33 days after the surgery. I am a teacher, but I rarely sit. I teach math so I am constantly working at the board or walking around. I am very frustrated, hurting and tired. Will this ever end. My NS also told me if he doesn't see any improvement by December he wants to go back in from the posterior, clean out all the scar tissue and replace the donor bone the correct way. Help........
Neck pain, headache and left hand numbness
This is my first post. I had ACDF 9/28/2009 and still having problems.Radiology report in September. (C5-C6 Right posterolateral disc herniation touches the anterior margin of the right cervical hemicord with effacement of the right subarticular recess and right exiting foramen. There is neural impingement within the right right exiting foramen. There is circumferential disc bulge which partially effaces the thecal sac anteriorly. C6-C7 Bulge indents the thecal sac. C7-T1 circumferential disc bulge.) Surgery went well, had pain after surgery in my right shoulder and down my right arm. The numbness in my right hand went away immediately. After several weeks the pain in my right arm and shoulder also went away. I went back to work December 9, 2009. I saw my neurosurgeon in December 2009 and he ordered a MRI. He discussed with me the possibility my fusion not working. He was concerned about my new left hand numbness and a little concerned that I hurt when I over do, but his main concern is my weight ( which I had prior to surgery). Needless to say I did not have a pleasant visit. I last say my neurosurgeon January 29, 2010 and asked him to release me because his concern is me losing weight. When I saw him on this final visit I told him my left palm and thumb, and first three fingers are always numb. I did not have this before or immediately after my surgery. He talked to me about new MRI results which are as follows: (C4-C5 minimal disc bulge with early small uncovertebral joint osteophytes, no canal or forminal stenosis. C5-C6 is intact with fusion. C6-C7 Disc desiccation with disc bulging narrowing the anterior subarachoid space with minimal anterior cord flattening and mild AP canal stenosis. C7-T1 small left paracentral disc profusion into the left lateral recess with out cord or nerve root compression. Borderline AP canal diameter of 10mm. I guess my complaint is the constant tightness in my chest, left hand numbness and not being able to do normal things (house cleaning) without hurting in my right arm. To all of you who have more experience than I, should I be concerned and fine another NS or just let the sleeping dog sleep.