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Cervical DDD...will is continue down my spine?

janipoojjanipoo Posts: 16
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I have cervical DDD, in 2009 had c4-c6 fusion and hardware and my neck has continued to deteriorate and I know I have to have surgery on c6 again along with c7.

My question is...will this stay within my neck or will it continue down my spine and affect my back.

BTW, I have had no trauma to my neck, the doctor says it is something that just happens due to age but said my MRI was one of the worse ones he had seen and especially with my age(I was 43 at the time).


  • Jan,

    I guess you can kind of look at it this way. If you get arthritis in your shoulder, does it go to all joints? Not a great parallel, but just a mental picture for you. Could it extend to all levels over the period of your life, sure, lots of things can do that, but don't hang your hat on this happening. Hopefully it will stay fairly localized short of trauma. Just my thoughts here based on what I've been told by my doctors - and I've had trauma.

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