I had a neck fusion 2 years ago March in 2011 at the C5-C6.
1. Disc Extrusion at C5-C6 causing severe spinal stenosis and cord flattening with myelomalacia and moderate bilateral forminal stenosis. T2 bright signal occupying 2/3rds of the spinal cord.
2. Disc Bulging at C6-C7 causing mild spinal stenosis and cord flattening. 3 mm protrusion.
I had very little neck pain, tingling, numbness down both arms into both hands. Also my left leg and left foot were numb and tingly. These were very chronic. After surgery all these symptoms were still were evident but the hand pain was not chronic on a daily basis. With the spinal cord injury it just stopped things from getting worse.
Lam/Disc on L4-L5 in 05,07 and single level lumbar fusion Jan 2013 at the L4-L5.
NOW I just had a new cervical MRI done 4/2/13 due to chronic neck pain, and chronic hand pain. So here is my findings..
1. A Prior Fusion at C5-C6
2. A 5 mm central disk protrusion at C6-C7. This results in moderate central stenosis.This effaces the ventral thecal sac and is contacting the ventral aspect of the spinal cord. The AP diameter of the canal is narrowed to 7-8mm. (Bigger Protrusion and and cord contact from 2011 scan )
3. There is a small 2-3mm disk protrusion with mild central stenosis at C3-C4. ( NEW FINDING )
I am scheduled for a doc appoint on the 15th to go over the MRI. I go back to work on the 8th after being off 3 months for my lumbar fusion. My neck and hand pain are chronic and consistantly hurting all day and all night. Thats why I had the MRI done. Can someone please give me there thoughts on my current situation, and to understand my MRI findings, especially the cord contact at the C6-C7 level??? Is it serious or the beginning of becoming serious? I know since my cervical fusion 2 years ago I will have put extra stress on my other areas......anyways please please help me with some answers.
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