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Hey guy,
Haven't been on for a long time. Little bit of background for those that don't know me. In feb of 2010 I had a 4 level acdf
With lots of problems with swelling and swallowing problems. Iam a little better now. Got a question though. Tonight I was walking down my outside stairs and fell down about 3 of them. I think maybe I knocked myself out for a few seconds. My question is now I can hardly turn my head. Should I go have it checked and maybe xrayed. I know from docs reports that I
Had some screws loose. Thoughts??

Julie Rafn


  • jrfrostyjjrfrosty Posts: 23
    edited 04/22/2013 - 10:26 PM
    Another thing I did not find out find out about loose screws until I went in for my ssd hearing. My drs office kind of dropped
    Me when the insurance company didn't pay $1200 and I couldn't come up with it not that he didn't get his 50 grand. Pretty bad
    I had to hear it from my rep and judge I had to fight for disability for almost 3years before I got a hearing. The judge was awesome she said if she would have given it to 2 years ago. So do I try to get a new neurosurgeon or try to pay off the other one. Kind of makes me mad that the doc didn't tell me that screws were loose and possible non fusion between 3 and 4. I wasnt able to go to a dr because the company I was getting ltd from changed and they dropped my insurance. Not my pay. Gets kind of hard paying drs an paying for scripts that I was paying almost $800 a month when I was only making $1100.
    Julie Rafn

  • I am in the UK and don't understand the US system of insurance and SSD.
    However if you have fallen down some stairs and now have reduced movement, my view is that you should be checked out. I think this especially as you have been told that you have loose screws and possible non fusion. I know that the more levels that you have fused, the greater the chance of non fusion. 4 levels fused is a lot.

    I believe that an x-ray is not as expensive as an MRI but will only show the bones, not nerve compression.
    It is possible that it is just your muscles that have gone into spasm and are restricting your movement. This decision should be made by a medically trained doctor and preferably a spinal specialist.

    I hope that you will get some reassurance that everything is ok. :-)
    Please do let us know how you get on.
    Good luck Julie
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