I posted a topic in the surgery forum but it seems the majority of the posters there are for lumbar issues.
I'm scheduled for a cervical ADR on C6-C7 on Aug 6th and I'm hoping to hear others experiences with this.
My neck and shoulder pain started about 3 months ago. A month ago I started getting tingling, numbness and weakness of my right arm all the way to my fingertips. My MRI read as follows:
FINDINGS: there is a loss of disk height and signal at C6-C7 and to a lesser degree at C5-C6 and C4-C5. Signal intensity of the cord are normal although there is a slight posterior displacement and indentation of the cord at C6-C7.
C2-C3: No significant spinal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
C3-C4: There is a right paracentral disk protrusion and disk osteophyte complex resulting in moderate eccentric right spinal stenosis. Facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy results in mild right foraminal stenosis.
C4-C5: There is a broad disk bulge resulting in moderate spinal stenosis. Facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy results in mild to moderate right greater than left foraminal stenosis.
C6-C7: There is a central disk extrusion with superior and inferior subligamentous extension resulting in severe spinal stenosis with posterior displacement and slight flattening of the cord. Facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy results in mild right greater than left foraminal stenosis.
C7-T1: No significant spinal stenosis. Uncovertbral joint hypertophy results in mild right foraminal stenosis.
IMPRESSION: Multilevel cervical spondylosis with spinal and foraminal stenosis as described above. Findings are most pronounced at C6-C7 where there is a central disk extrusion posteriorly displacing the cord.
I've done a round of steroids and tried traction once but was advised to stop as it increased my pain. N/S says next stop is surgery and feels I'm a perfect candidate for ADR. He feels we need to act quickly due to the cord compression and my signs of myelopathy (hyper reflexes and arm weakness).
I have a 2nd opinion appt this week and am thinking I wil try a 3rd as well. I'm 35 and have had 2 lumbar diskectomies so have had experience in spinal issues - although I'm new as a neckie. I feel like I'm being rushed to surgery and I just want to make sure I don't end up being worse off after. I'm also concerned if we only treat the 1 level I could end up needing surgery again soon.
Anyone who is willing to share their experiences would be appreciated!
March 2002 L4-5 open d/s
July 2012 L4-5 micro d/s
November 2013 L4-5 micro d/s
December 2013 C6-7 ADR