Hi fellow spineys it has been almost 3 years since my c6-c7acdf. Everything has been going great up until about 3 months ago. I am not sure what I did. My neck started creaking and grinding. Something didn't feel right. I started with arm pain and just had a feeling. I had done so well and something changed. I have sinced moved to a different part of the state and due to insurance can't go back to my original NS.
MRI in Jan showed nothing really. Went to new nurse after I complained to primary care physician that it hurt. He comment was well when we have that kind of surgery you are going to have chronic pain. I tried to tell her that I had no pain until just recently.
Fast forward to today. Did some x-rays. Xray tech let me peak. I noticed in between the screws where it should be solid white, I see a black line thru the area. It is seen in a couple of views. Looks like a crack in the fusion..Is that possible. When I seen my films after fusion there was no black line. You could see a thin whitish line where it was fusing. This is very pronounced.
My symptoms are pain, arm weakness. Hard to move my neck. It hurts to lift anything...so what are your thoughts....
2007 ACDF C6 - C7
2010 Aspen Cage L4,L5 for Grade 2 Spondo and spinal stenosis
2011 Non-Union C6-C7, Revision Posterior fusion with hardware.
2012 Failed fusion of L4, L5. Revision L4, L5 Fusion with hardware.