Hi, I want to introduce myself. I'm glad I found this site.
I had a successful C5-C7 fusion with titanium cage in 1999. Now I have significant osteophytes trying to fuse levels above and below the fusion. My reflexes, arm muscle weakness and tingling suggest possible nerve involvement of C6 and C8. My neck mobility is severely limited. As of a year ago, my MRI did not confirm more than arthritis. Then 3 months ago I was rear-ended at a stop light. At the time I only had aching in my neck for several days. 6 weeks later I took a driving trip which kicked up considerable neck pain and radiating arm and back of head symptoms.
I saw my spine doctor 2 weeks ago, went on 5 days of prednisone, and started aqua therapy and neck exercises. I'm also on meloxicam (NSAID). Several times a week I have to take Vicodin ES or a muscle relaxer. I'm feeling better but by no means healed. Will have an MRI in 2 months if I'm still having overt problems. I dread the onset of problems as severe as before my 1999 surgery. I am 58 and understand that I can look forward to worsening of whatever is going on. I'm on SSDI for another condition. If I were employed I wouldn't be able to work.
At this time I'm seeking support and information.