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Posterior 4 Level C4-7 Foraminotomy Laminectomy with Fusion

troutbum18ttroutbum18 Posts: 1
edited 04/18/2015 - 8:43 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have been going through a variety of diagnostic procedures after having an initial MRI done at the first of the year. The MRI basically showed moderate to severe degeneration and spurring throughout C2-7. A Physiatrist has been working on C4 on up and a neurosurgeon has been dealing with C4 on down. The neurosurgeon I believe is quite good and is certainly experienced and is admittedly conservative in general. After working with me for a few months now and consulting with other docs he just told me that my neck is quite complicated and perplexing and has referred me to another doc that deals with more complex neck issues. He's indicated to me that it is likely that I will need a Posterior 4 level C4-7 Foraminotomy Laminectomy with Fusion though. My main concerns are the pain in my R scapula an deltoid when I attempt to sleep or drive more than about 15 minutes, but I also have pain, pins and needles, numbness, fasciculations, and weakness in both hands and fingers, forearms, biceps, triceps, traps, lats, and midback. I have headaches and L base of the skull through my ear and to the top of my head electrical type pain, but the Physiatrist is trying to deal with that currently. I also have some dull pain, fasciculations, and weakness in my legs and feet, but that may all be unrelated. I see this new neurosurgeon in 2 weeks and I'm wondering if there are any certain questions I should be asking him at this point? I certainly now have a more than basic understanding of it all, but am wondering if there is more to question. Thanks in advance!


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I can't think of any questions..but I would encourage you to tell doctor everything..ex even the weakness in legs and feet that you think may be unrelated.

    The more they know, the better there search for the issue and sooner on your way to relief.
    It great your doctors keep communication between themselves about you. Clear communication so important and sometimes not easy to do if you feel rushed during appointment.

    Keep us posted on how things go. Good luck
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