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I'm back...and worried

Hi everyone,

I had 3 level ACDF (C3-4, c5-6-7) in May. My neck pain nevery went away, but the burning shoulders and left arm, and tingly fingers did go away. Now it's all back, starting about 1-2 months ago.

Going for another MRI, and then possible "injections".

Not sure whats going on, but it's definately frustrating and concerning.
- Vin

3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012


  • I know it's frustrating. I have a suggestion......have you looked into a NUCCA doc, Upper Cervical Spine treatment? (not traditional chiro. No cracking or popping.) If I would have known about NUCCA 30 years ago I wouldn't be going through what I'm going through now plus I wouldn't have the damage that I have. Now I'm in treatment That may be why the benefits from the surgery didn't last. I did alot of research online before I started the treatment. Been to Chiro's before with no help but NUCCA is helping. It' only been two months but I'm positive this is going to help my pain a greatly.
  • After reading up on this NUCCA procedure you are talking about I want to caution that it does not seem like something someone having had fusion surgery on their spine should participate in. It is still an adjustment of the spine and anyone that is not fully fused post surgery should use extreme caution with any chiropractic treatments.
  • Kiki48KKiki48 Posts: 196
    edited 02/27/2013 - 7:35 AM
    Hi Bpreachers, I understand the caution. I have talked to a young gentleman, an x-football player, who broke his leg in 3 places, had fusion surgery on his neck who could barely walk or use his left arm when he first started to see my doctor. Now he feels 80 percent better (still in treatment) and moves like nothing ever happened. He has the use of all his limbs too. I can't speak from my personal experience with surgery but I was heading in that direction before I started treatment. It may not be for everyone but it is worth researching and talking to patients. Also, if someone decides to go that route I suggest to research the Upper Cervical Spine specialists in your area.
  • marketweismmarketweis Posts: 16
    edited 02/28/2013 - 5:02 AM
    My traditional chiro called it a "sham" when I asked him about it. He's encouraged me to go wherever I think I need to go in order to get relief, but he wasn't too fond of NUCCA. Basically, he said they claim you need too many visits to fix anything, of course adding up to a big bill.

    Wondering what your experience has been with how soon real benefits can be realized....and what did they tell you to expect for number of treatments? (I've also been told to look into a chiro specializing in the "Activator" method.)
  • Got the MRI report...lots of moderate/severe stenosis (foraminal/and canal), with some cord compression. Very discouraged!!
    - Vin

    3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012
  • I'm sorry you are going through all of this again. When I get stressed about any radiology reports my husband and I just pretend to be the dr reading the images and make up our on report. Usually they are rediculous but always makes me laugh. We imagine the dr sitting in one of those rooms with his tape recorder thing going through different patients, and gets to me...

    "33yo woman presents with spinal.... WTF... yep, that sums up the report." Anyways, got to get your laughs where you can! I also try to keep in mind that a good radiologist will find "fault' with even a perfect spine, that's their job to some degree. I agree the severe stenosis sounds forboding... Hopefully your medical team can come up with a good plan soon. Keep us informed.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Be very careful of any treatments if you know you have cord compression. I know of no treatment that does not put you in danger other then surgery. I would also not take very long to think about this if the compression is part of the severe findings. My case was odd in the fact I didn't know I had a cervical issue. I went in for lower back pain and the
    Surgeon found my severe cord compression and surgery was the only choice. After surgery he told me it was even worse when they got in there and he was surprised I could even walk. I am now stuck with cord damage that has no fix. Anyone with cord damage will tell you be very careful right now. I hope your compression is not the severe part of your report but even with moderate compression you need to be careful.

    Are yu having issues that they say are related to the cord compression?
    Try to get at least another surgeons input but don't wait very long.

    Good Luck
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