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Gait issue worsen after cervical sprine surgery

Never had back or neck problems in my life until last summer. And even then the pain was in my arms and hands. Went thru PT, had EMGs done, had MRIs done, etc. Spine surgeon said I needed C5-C7 fusion ASAP. While I was waiting for surgery to be scheduled, I literally feel flat on my face.. Ended up with 2 black eyes and a broken hand. After that fall, I started experiencing trouble walking and having problems with balance. Anyway, had surgery in October 2014. Dr said spinal cord was extremely swollen. Anyway, here we are in June, 8 months after my surgery and my balance and walking continue to get worse. Spine surgeon has released me because the work he did to my spine healed nicely. Weaseled my way in to meet with a neurologist who specializes in movement issues. (Appt in July) Saw my rheumatologist this morning and he's sending me for and MRI of the brain to check for ataxia. I went from doing yoga 3 days per week and walking 5 mile each week to doing nothing but gaining weight (30 lbs) and becoming depressed. Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated.


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427

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    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,

    Here are some questions that you should answer:

    - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Before falling, did you know you were going down? Any dizziness?

    Sometimes a fall causes an issue and sometimes an issue causes the fall.

    It's good you are seeing neurologist. He may do other testing. My neurologist did EMG and it revealed areas of my spine effected that other tests did not and areas effected that I never even gave voice to.

    I can't really tell if you are saying your previous tests were before or after fall, but I think it would be worth another look since gait and balance worse post op.
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