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ACDF C5-C7 4 years ago- New Problems at C6 again!

sheilapssheilap Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had a C5/C6-C6/C7 with instrumentation 4 years ago with very good results. No pain at all. The last month I started having pain in my shoulder that gradually began progressing down my arm. So I went to see the doctor and they were concerned that it was related to my cervical spine. So had an exray and saw a spine specialist and yup, apparently am having problems with the C6 nerve root!!!!!

4 years ago I was told that this was impossible because the disc was removed. Well, apparently not. Since my surgery 4 years ago the exray shows I have developed some arthritis at the C4 level, but I don't know why I'm having nerve pain at the C6. So the doc has me taking methylprednisone (steroids)for a week and also doing some physical therapy. It's been almost a week since I started the steroids and physical therapy and it's not helping.

I am so bummed. The pain is constant again and I can't bear the thought of going through all of this again. It's not as bad as it was before I had the surgery but it makes me very nervous. The doc said that he's going to be very aggresive in treating this and I see him again in a couple weeks. So far I'm not encouraged.

Has this happened to anyone before?


  • Sorry to hear they are finding issues with the C6 nerve. Mine is a little different in that I have a major disk bulge and a moderate osteophyte complex at my C2/3 - symptomatic now. My fusions were at the C5/6 and a little over a year later C6/7. The different hardware (see my avatar) most likely caused the whole shabang to fail! I am also now losing the C7/T1 level, and was told a revision is very likely in my near future!

    I hear you about "oh no, not again" mode. I had that before my second cervical, and now having it again. If you search around, many of us are in the boat you're riding in now. It does sound good that your doctor is staying on top of all of this. Are they having you undergo NCV/EMG or MRI/CT yet? Please let us know how it goes. We are here for ya! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Did the doc say what is pressing on the C6 nerve root or exactly what the problem is with it?

    I had an ACDF C4-7 in Oct. 08 and since I'm having problems above my fusion and my doc wanted to check and make sure I'm fully fused at the surgery levels, I had a cervical CT scan and MRI a few months ago. One of the things it showed was that I have bone spurs at C5/6. I talked with my surgeon about it and he said it was good because it showed bone growth. The scan says it's indenting the thecal sac so I personally don't think it's good, but it shows that you can indeed have continued bone growth after ACDF surgery. I wonder if it's caused by the off-label BMP that they use to put in the disc space after the disc is removed. BMP has been known to overgrow in some cases.

    So, just thought I'd share that with you, for what it's worth.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
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