Hi all, As tell I had an MRI a few months ago and also listed my recovery since my 2 level ACDF. I have had some bizarre symptoms and went to a variety of doctors - no reals answers. Short version:
hands turn ice cold to just cool, at times reddish and bluish fingertips and sometimes swollen not terrible.
Still get tingling in my shoulders and shoulder blade region and my mid back along with knots and have been told that both symptoms are muscle spasms.
My ROM have increased up/down and right/left. Will probably never get ear to shoulder back.
Have been to a vascular surgeon - good blood flow to the hand. Went to a hand specialist - since no real pain wouldn't do anything but noticed that when my arm is lifted above my head in a certain manner the pulse decreases in the area. Never gave me a good explanation or reason. I do back to my OSS in 2 weeks and want to ask some intelligent questions and have a plan. I did some research: Can it be TOS or RSD in the early stages. Would a stellate block be helpful or something else? I thought I would be back to myself and be able to do what ever I wanted to at this point. I am still glad that I had the surgery but amazed at the recovery time and issues. Any suggestions PLEASE PAY ON!!
Thank you all and have a painfree and enjoyable weekend.
Okay, I went back to the OSS a few months ago. Generally speaking the MRI from post surgery was fine.
Straightening of the cervical lordosis and cervical dexroscoliosis
C2-3 buldging without central or foraminal compromise
C3-4 buldging without central or forminal stenosis
c4-5 diffuse buldging with effacement of the ventral thecal sac no forminal stenosis
C5-6 no central or forminal stenosis
C6-7 no central or foraminal compromise
C7 - T1 unremarkable
12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7 with plate, screws,
BMP & bone fragment filled cages due to DDD, arthritis, herniated disks, pinched nerves
2/14/2011 trying to go back to work as a teacher
2/17/2011 starting PT
at 6 week check no bone growth
bone stimulator 4 hours a day
PT as of 2/21 through 5/2011
3/14/2011 BONE GROWTH seen on x rays
3 months saw a little bit of bone growth (YEAH)
4/15/2011 Home Tens Unit
June 2011 end plate bone growth not more bone stimulator
July 2011 going to a massage therapist 2 - 3x a week