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CSF Blockage

PalouseNativePPalouseNative Posts: 4
edited 03/24/2015 - 5:24 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, brand new here. I had 2 level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in November 2009. (C-3, C-4, and C-5). I now have issues at C-6 and C-7. Mild to possibly moderate stenosis with "no cerebrospinal fluid anterior and posterior to the cord" at that level. Completely effaced. Can eventual problems develop with the blockage of cerebrospinal fluid along the cervical spine? Thanks.

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  • PalouseNativePPalouseNative Posts: 4
    edited 03/25/2015 - 4:28 AM
    I started having issues in the spring of 2009. It started with mild gait issues and light-headedness, along with neck and shoulder pain, and pain between the shoulder blades. All the symptoms increased in severity, and in July 2009, I was taken from my office in an ambulance to ER because I simply could not walk. A cervical MRI on that date showed "severe arthritis of the cervical spine", according to the ER doctor. I had several appointments with my primary physician afterwards. He diagnosed "severe cervical disc disease", and I had several rounds of physical therapy, which did not help. He referred me to a neurosurgeon, who ordered a brain MRI, a brain MRA, a carotid artery scan, and a lumbar MRI. All results came back as normal. After continued attempts to ameliorate the problems with PT, the neurosurgeon decided surgery was necessary, In November 2009, I had 2 level cervical anterior discectomy and fusion, with a plate and screws fusing C3, C4, and C5. My walking improved, though I had, and still have, intermittent balance issues, and at times, gait disturbance. Also neuropathy issues in both arms, and "heaviness" in my legs at times. The arm neuropathy problems have become more frequent. In February 2014 I had another cervical MRI taken after I went to ER with severe balance problems. The C-1 through C-3 levels appeared normal, the fusion at C3, C4, and C5 was noted by the radiologist, with no stenosis, but "mild left foramen narrowing at C3-4" with clinical correlation advised for any left C4 nerve root symptoms. The C5 and C6 levels showed "marked degenerative disc disease", with "loss of disc space and a 2-mm posterior disc osteophyte complex, and "mild to moderate bilateral neural foramen encroachment", with clinical correlation recommended for any C6 nerve root symptoms. At C6-7, "degenerative disc disease is seen with a 4-mm posterior disc osteophyte complex and mild spinal stenosis." "The cerebrospinal fluid anterior and posterior to the cord is completely effaced and the cord may be slightly indented 1 mm." "The AP dimension of the cord at this level measures 6 mm and just above this level measures 7 mm". "Some mild bilateral neural foramen narrowing is also noted", with clinical correlation for any C7 nerve root symptoms recommended". The C7-T1 through the T3-T4 levels appeared normal. The ER doctor, after seeing the MRI, was concerned enough that he contacted my neurosurgeon, who told me after a visit that "we may have to discuss a second surgery at some point, but not today". I see my primary physician every 3 months to track the issue, including a visit just a week ago. He seems to think any pain or neuropathy issues are par for the course. When I asked about the significance of the CSF blockage at C6-7, he really didn't answer, just a vague "it can lead to a couple of problems", and then the appointment was over, I see him again in June. Regarding pain meds, I generally just use ibuprofen. Two or three for the whole day, I'm not big on pills. I do have an infrequently used prescription for hydrocodone (5-325 MG). I treadmill 5 days a week for 40 minutes, with a max speed of 4 mph, and I'm getting acupuncture every two weeks. My jury is still out regarding the efficacy of acupuncture. I've tried massage therapy and Bowenworks, both to no avail. Hope this helps. Thanks.
  • For me it lead to unrelenting vomitng and inability to stand.
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