As some on here know I have been using traction for the last year to try and buy more time before an eventual 3 level, c4-c7 ACDF. Over the last month my symptoms have gotten worse. I have a 30 minute commute morning and evening and have to change hands on the steering wheel frequently as the hand on the wheel goes numb and thumb index and middle finger begin to tingle, and upper arm and back ache. Condition is worse on left side but has been becoming more prevalent on right.
To top it all off about a month ago I was cleaning out the fish pond of a couple of years of gunk and slipped and landed on my tailbone. It felt like a lightening bolt had shot up my spine and took about 15 minutes before i could stand up.
I saw the surgeon yesterday and he did his standard nuero test on my arms and noticed significant weakening on my left hand, arm and bicep. I already have no reflex on my left elbow.
So Monday it's off to get an MRI to see if I can hold out a little longer. Just hoping for nothing on the emergency side so I can schedule the surgery for after the first of the year. My niece graduates Nursing school Dec 13 and I don't want to miss that.
laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched