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Severe spinal stenosis and severe DDD - Had double ACDF C5-C7 last Feb

ecmayeecmay Posts: 9
edited 11/12/2013 - 5:40 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi everyone - I am new to this forum. I am a 45 yr old woman. I have had surgery for severe spinal stenosis and severe ddd. I had double ACDF C5-C7 back in Feb. 2013. The surgery itself was not that bad. Recovery was pretty good. My problem is that I still have all the horrible symptoms that I had before. Neck and Shoulder pain, loss of function in right side with severe neuropathy in the right hand. I have lower back problems to the point where it's hard to walk. Leg and foot pain is so bad at times I can't stand it. Having said that I do know that the main goal for surgery was to stop further progression of the damage and prevent paralysation.

On top of that, I am experiencing numbness and tingling on the opposite side. I started getting this headache from the bottom of my skull 2 wks ago and have tinnitus *(as explained by my awesome PT). Spasms are constants as well. Not sure how a person is to stay on top of all of this. My NS is sending me for a brain MRI and a lower back MRI. I have been waiting 7 months to get into a pain clinic at the hospital. I do think there are other things going on from the list of symptoms that I have and not even listed.

I would love to hear from people who have had similar surgeries and stories such as mine. Staying positive is the biggest challenge in all of this. As everyone knows, chronic pain is a true bummer.

I am Canadian but look forward to hearing from people from all over. As it doesn't matter where you are from. Pain is global.



  • E, you're so young 45. I had same op 6 weeks ago and still have pinching under lt clavical (collar bone) and less pain in lt shoulder. Lt finger regained over 50% feeling back. The doc said its residual pain needing more time because I had stenosis so long, 3yrs. It takes patients and time. Headache and ringing ears maybe bad mix of medication? Lord knows you need MRI and help before 7 mo.s. Canada plan sounds slow, sorry. Keep persisting to get treated. Check your medication, your post op symptoms sound severe, uncharacteristic. Get down to U of Michigan if you can. Feel better, E.
  • birdlynnbbirdlynn Posts: 8
    edited 12/22/2013 - 6:11 PM
    It seems amazing that we could still walk at all with nerve numbing and pain. What kind of pain med do you take?
  • michele lenammichele lena Posts: 21
    edited 01/04/2014 - 9:55 PM
    I have congenital stenosis of my spine affecting 12 levels, so I have had work done on my back. I had a situation similar to yours when I was about 30. I had numbness and tinging down my left leg and no feeling in the outside of my left foot. I stuck with my water therapy, and it did take years, but it subsided. I do use OTC meds for pain now. I recently started having headaches in the back of my head and ringing in my ears. I also have dizziness and have passed out a few times. After an mri I found out I have compressed spinal cord so I am having decompression surgery. I hope this does not get wose for you. With dizziness and headaches its definitely good the mri was ordered. Best to you.
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