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Reinjury after 7 years

Radar221RRadar221 Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, I am a 46 yr old male that had previous c3 - c7 cervical fusion w/hardware (2004). I did well, though with much stillness for the last seven years. I commute @ 2 hrs to work (each way) every day. I was able to return to jogging/cardio and got into pretty good shape working out. Life's stresses and other social issues caused me some retrictions and an overall achey feeling. I moved quite a bit a stuff around in my house and felt crappy. So I decided to do some stretching. I believe that I over did it. My neck which had limited ROM seem to feel "better" and I could look off to my left and right. Also, up and down was increased also. HOWEVER, within a few day I got the numbing tingling etc that I have not experienced in @ 7 yrs. Also, my legs fely numb. Something that has not previosly occured. MRI states: Surgical fusion with fusion hardware is demonstrated c3 - c7 central vertebral thoracic c4 - c6 w/ posterior stabilazation. through these levels. The c7 t-1 level shows spondylotic annual bulge and uncovertable hypertrophy with mild central and moderate bilateral neural foramina enchroachements. I can't tell now if I aggrevated a previous deterioration or reinjured. At any rate, I'm really concerned as I'm now a singe Dad raising two daughters. HELP!!!


  • Michael,
    Sorry to hear about your new issue. reading what you posted the MRI report seems to be stating that the previous work is stable. Realize I'm not a Dr or Radioligist. The c7-T1 is the new issue where you have the bulge encroaching on spine and bilateral nerve pinch. The report would definately support the symptoms. Do you have an appointment with a surgeon yet?
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched

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  • Micheal,

    Sorry you are getting some symptoms after all this time. I would try to get with your spine specialist to be sure nothing new has changed.

    I drew or signed the wrong warranty and have adjacent level failure not much past a year after my first fusion, 6 months on the next. 7 years based on your activity, you're doing great! If it was me, I would get with my spine specialist to be sure. It could be like you said, overdid a bit. Fingers crossed that it is not anything bad. :)

    Like Davrunner said, there are maybe some changes that need you to follow up and see if there is anything to it. Please let us know how it goes.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Davrunner and Brenda,

    Thanks for your encouragement. Yes I have an appointment which took some doing. I retired military and now work civil service. Of course, as fate would have it last December I decided not to get the additional insurance that I could have (BC/BS)so my TRICARE bites.

    It took some serious coordinating and basically jumping people's S*** to get the process going. I see the local neurosurgeon on the 28th of Feb and a neurologist on 1 Mar. The Neurologist on the first is at Bethesda NNMC where I had my first surgery performed. The doc was great, at least I thought so. I was back to running, weights, refereeing HS BBall etc... I probably should not have been doing those things, when I look back.

    Its hard to figure when it occurred, however, I know when these new symptoms started. I just don't see alot online about and additional fusion etc... after a first major one. Or, that technology has improved for some alternate method/procedure.

    Funny thing is a have a better ROM, but I think that is leading to the increased impingment. I feel more natural and my pain, though here for 7 yrs, is not excrutiating. But, the numbness and arm pains and tingling has me worried. I'm not big on any more cutting, but it's affected some "REALLY ENJOYABLE" activity that I have always retained... :-)

    Again, thank you both and I'll follow up.
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