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finger numbness post non-fusion neck surgery

2 1/2 years ago I had osteophyte removal at C3-T-1. In the last six months, right hand finger numbness and tingles have set in, intermittently, index and 3rd finger, sometimes thumb.

Ruled out: regular health factors (diabetes, MS, etc.), tendon damage, and carpal tunnel. I've been seeing, weekly, DC, massage therapist, and arthritis/hand therapist who has given me exercises for shoulder blade muscle strength, neck exercises, and wrist exercises.

I am a writer and make my primary living as an editor. I can't do pen-on-paper editing much less the long typewritten evaluations. E-mail, short notes like this, all with numb and tingles.

Is this neck AGAIN? Am I possibly looking at fusion now?



  • Sorry to hear that you are suffering finger numbness and tingles again having had cervical surgery 1 and 1/2 years ago.

    None of us are medically trained here. We are just fellow spine sufferers who have our own stories and experiences.

    I am sure you already know that the symptoms you are having could be coming from your neck.
    If you are unable to write and type now without problems, perhaps it is time to get your neck examined again to see if that is where these symptoms are coming from. Only a doctor who can take your medical history and examine you can decide if you need a new MRI scan done to see if you have nerve compression.

    While you wait to find out you are very welcome here to chat with others who have been through similar issues.
    I have had a 2 level ACDF on my neck and do still have all sorts of pains and nerve symptoms in both hands and arms as well as both legs and feet and to top it off around my abdomen too.

    I have just been referred to see a neurologist. I am hoping that he will be able to discover what is causing all this.
    I hope I don't have to wait too long.

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    edited 10/24/2013 - 9:16 AM
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Hi
    I had a FUSION C5-6 approx. 2 1/2 years ago and i am starting to feel finger numbness in the other her hand.

    So fusion is not a cure

    I am wondering if this is my carpal tunnel acting up or my neck again ?????

    I was warned above or below the fusion discs can weaken and need surgery down the line.

    Down the line? Only 2 1/2 years????

    14 ortho surgeries since age 9 (legg calf perthes disease) and i dont want anymore....

    Can you hold a cup without dropping it?
    Can you hold a few papers in your hands without dropping them?
    Make a gun with your thumb and index finger extended. Hold is as strong as you can and see if another person can push your thumb down (showing weakness)

    Also make "C" with your thumb and index finger and hold the "C" tightly, have another person try to pull apart the "C"
    This also shows weakness from the cervical spine

    These little tests can give you an idea if your neck is in trouble or is it carpal tunnel syndrome.

    Just putting in my unprofessional two cents


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