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c4/5 fusion Pain

gooba1ggooba1 Posts: 1
edited 10/24/2014 - 8:30 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I am 49 y/o male and had a c4/5 fusion and disc replacement and bone graft from the bone bank in October 2013 and now my pain is much worse than before I had my surgery however the pain is much different than before my surgery . I now have pain down my left arm and shoulder I also loose all feeling in my legs and have fallen over so many times I have lost count I also loose my balance quite allot which did not happen before my surgery . It has now been more than 12 months since my surgery and my Dr can't explain why this is happening . I was also an elite athlete and extremely fit before my surgery I am only 75 kg and 183 cm tall with a resting heart rate of 38 bpm and have a extremely high pain threshold could you pleases help me as I am almost at my wits end

Thank you


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • It sounds as though your issues have travelled further down your spine. To my knowledge, cervical issues do not affect your legs. I would make an appointment with your Doctor to see a Specialist and go through the process all over again to figure out what's going on. Best of luck.
    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/25/2014 - 6:40 AM
    lower than the level that is effected.......that being said, since you are an athelete , it is entirely possible that there are issues not related to your cervical spine that are causing the issues with your legs, in the thoracic or lumbar areas of the spine. Has any imaging been done to determine /rule in/rule out those areas? If not, I would start there.......the ongoing cervical issues with the arms may be related to the nerves needing time to recover or a new impingement.
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