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NEED URGENT ADVICE- Intraoperative Transcranial Motor Evoked Potentials in Upper Extremities

wannafeel40wwannafeel40 Posts: 2
edited 05/13/2015 - 11:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Cervical Spondylitic Radiculopathy, adjacent segment disease- I am approx. 5 months Post Op.

cervical stenosis with myelopathy

ACDF C6 C7 with stand alone cage, dural grafting Bio D cancellous allograft and demineralized none matrix as a bone void filler,

Note mentioned = Intraoperative Transcranial Motor Evoked Potentials in Upper Extremities diminished but as case progressed
, they improved to normal baseline comparable with the lower extremities.

The night of the surgery BOTH of my arms went numbs.

Since that time it has been a constant down hill progression. Fingers, toes, feet, heels ankles legs and most recently
I had ran ran out of pain medication for the very 1st time and experienced some sort of upward motion with my foot
like a reflex or contraction? It happened several times on it's on...

Every appointment I have mentioned that NOTHING was resolved with the surgery and my pain was even worse in my right shoulder? I have lost all of my upper body strength too.

I did not exhibit ANY of the numbness / tingling in my legs or feet previously. He has NEVER ordered PT, Never released me back to work. and continues to keep me on Hydro 10/325, muscle relaxer etc..

My headaches are worsening, I also realized that I do may have a possible issue with my bladder (urgency) ?

The Dr NEVER mentioned anything about the ITMEP to me.

I've told him over and over Nothing is resolved...

So, from the very BEGINNING before I even left the hospital everyone felt something was compromised...

I AM GETTING WORSE EVERYDAY....OPINIONS. PLEASE! I don't know what to ask where to start or what to do...

I'm in Texas

I am only 48 years young.
I am wife
I am mother
I am loving grandmother...
I am still young and beautiful

Thank you in advance for reading!
I wannafeel40

Welcome to Spine-Health

It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

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  • What does it mean when says their is no osteolysis or Lucency surrounding the screw ?

    Also, is their a way to upload a image of my mri findings? Without the peronsal information?
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,456
    Please read all the information provided by Ron, above.

    No need to bother to upload image of your MRI findings.
    None of us here would be able to comment on it at all.
    Please take time to read Forum Rules for best use of this site.

    SH has wealth of information. You may want to use..search..on this site..upper right on page.
    Search your concerns and you may be directed to former posts with info....and or articles and videos that would be very useful to you.

    Please keep very good communication with doctor. He knows your situation thoroughly and is best to guide you and reassure you.
    Are you only seeing your surgeon..and or a pain management doctor?

    I wish you best of luck in working toward you relief of pain
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