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C4/5,c5/6,c6/7 fusion 4 days ago

I had been experiencing some numbness and tingling in my left arm for a few weeks. I finally went to my family doc. I expected to be treated for a pinched nerve, but was sent home after X-rays. Next day doc calls and said need to have an MRI as something is "definately" going on with my neck. Had MRI and was referred to one doc, while waiting for that appt, I got a call from a neurologist saying I needed to be seen by him. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, and the c6/7 was bulging very significantly against my spine. Surgery was the only option. Was told if I bled my head, even slightly I could be paralyzed. Scary for a 35 year old mom of 4! My neck often felt heavy, was always attributed to my long thick hair, had burning and stiffness and lower back pain, numbness and tingling in my left arm/ hand,my legs felt heavy and always hurt, even my feet. Dr did surgery and first thing I notice is my legs no longer hurt!! Dr said neck wasuch worse than images showed, I expect it got worse over the 4 weeks in between diagnoses and surgery. I only need to wear the collar when in car or walking outdoors! Try to keep neck moving in normal range of motion, so it stays loose. Get a bone growth stimulator tomorrow to help bones fuse properly. Now sometimes I feel I have to yawn real big to take a breath, just want to be sure this will go away.


  • bpreachersbbpreachers Posts: 147
    edited 09/03/2012 - 2:01 PM
    Everyone's situation is different. How is your throat? That was the worst part for me (we had the same levels fused). My surgery was on the 27th. The only lingering issues I am having is still some mild throat tenderness, especially when I first wake up in the morning, my left foot is numb and I still have some weakness/numbness in my left hand. But the pain is absolutely gone. I had severe shoulder pain since 2007 and the first thing I noticed when I woke up was that this shoulder pain was gone. It almost made me cry to realize that the pain I had lived with for so long was absolutely 100& gone. SO I feel you.

    My situation also went fast once they identified it correctly. I had an appointment with a neurologist for what the govt diagnosed as carpal tunnel. SHe said I needed an MRI and a month later when I had my MRI I was in with a neurosurgeon within a week of that MRI and under the knife 2 weeks after that lol.

    What is a bone growth stimulator? I have my followup from my surgery sometime next week. Wondering if that is going to be a surprise lol. Did you have your own bone harvested or did they use cadaver bone? Did they use plates with you as well? My doc said no neck brace for me which wierded me out but i haven't had much neck pain to speak of so I assume he knows what he is doing lol.
  • bpreachers said:

    What is a bone growth stimulator? .
    it is a small device about the size of a pack of smokes that provides a electical current to pass through the area of your spine that was fused. It has wire leads and stick on small pads that yo place on either side of your fusion. Dr's ask you to wear it different times of the day. I am wearing mine 24/7 until my Dr. tells me he has proof of positive fusion. Last time I had a fusion done I wore one of 7 months 24/7. I had confermed fusion as seen on a Ct scan. I don't feel anything when wearing one as the current is very,very small. If you think you may not fuse for various reasons it would pay you to get one. They are expensive so be prepared. Mine was included in my fusion cost from the hospital. The price on mine was $3,600. Anything medical like this is expensive. Any more questions just ask. Hope I was able to clear things p for you.
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