Hello to all- I am posting my current issue as of 6/24/2011-
I had a cervical disc fusion in 2006- C/4-5 C/5-6 C/6-7 fused w/ titanium platelets and screws. I have had ongoing pain ever since, as well as prescribed monthly medications. About 6 months ago my right thumb (especially) and first finger have been totally numb! I drop my keys, pencils, etc. I was ordered an MRI on 6/11 and I went to see my neurologist 3 days later since he had planned to do a steroid injection (Depro-Midrol)but when he reviewed my MRI results he said he didn't feel comfortable giving me an injection and told me I had spinal cord compression- he then got my neurosurgeon on the phone and sent me straight over to their office. I saw the PA and he immediately placed me back into another neck collar (just for protection)and ordered a mylegram to be obtained. Well,after the mylegram, which was 5 days ago I went back in to discuss my situation w/ the surgeon. He said the mylegram showed that the opening was about 10 mm instead of 8 that the MRI showed- this was a positive note. However, he said I have a bruise on my spinal cord and he recommends placing a rod where my fusion is currently at and going through the back of my neck instead of the front this time. He said I stand a chance of paralysis if I were to be in an accident or fall down. He told me I didn't have to wear my collar to sleep at night and that is about the only good news I have heard the past 2 weeks! So, I am wondering if placing a rod to stabilize my neck (and fusion) is the right thing or is there any other options? I surely do not want to go back into surgery again. I am thinking I may need a 2nd opinion. Please--any advice would be greatly appreciated!