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I was a very healthy 67 year old. Two months ago I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy with compression at 5 levels. Symptoms included numbness, tingling, and pain in my feet and hands, slight balance issues, slightly clumsy hands, and slight weakness in my legs. I saw three top physicians and one recommended an anterior approach with fusion. The other two thought my spine was stable enough for an extensive laminectomy without fusion. I chose that approach and had surgery 7 weeks ago. Unfortunately my symptoms seem to be getting worse and no one seems to be concerned. I saw my surgeon at 2 and 6 weeks post op and he feels I am doing well and need to give it time. I should mention that I had kyphosis with normal lordosis. He felt that would not be a problem with the approach he took. The other docs agreed. I am very discouraged and need some guidance.
Laurence Goldstein


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I'm sorry to hear about your ongoing pain and symptoms. Seven weeks is still pretty early out from surgery and it takes months sometimes to feel better. I am surprised that you didn't have the ACDF with the compression, but understand your choice, having the majority of docs tell you the same thing.

    How many levels did they do the lami on? Do you have complete confidence in your doctor? Is he a spine specialist?

    If you can answer yes to the last two questions, then just try to be patient and measure your recovery in weeks, not days. Sorry I can't help you more, but like I said you really are early in your recovery and sometimes things get worse before they get better.

    Take care and please keep us posted!
  • DinoshrinkDDinoshrink Posts: 4
    edited 09/08/2012 - 1:27 PM
    Thanks for the comments. My neurosurgeon has a wonderful reputation and I know him well. He did 4.5 lamina. They all felt that was too much to fuse and said my spine was stable. I am a physician and was never ill. Boy has that changed.
    Laurence Goldstein
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