A quick refresher...I have had numb hands and forearms for the past 7 months and right leg weakness for the past five weeks. I'm walking with difficulty, very slowly with a slight limp. Some days are better than others. Sometimes my leg feels like it will give out, especially if I step on uneven pavement or off curbs. I fell down a few days ago on pavers, but not because of my weak leg, but I just stumbled. Got a skinned kneee and palms. Couldn't help but think about what my neurologist told me about falling and being vulnerable to paralysis. Eek! I need to watch my setps more carefully!
My MRI shows a large disk extrusion on C3-4 compressing the spinal cord and herniated disk with mild stenosis on C4-5 and C6-7. It says some other stuff about multilevel hypertrophy.
I had my pre-op appointment today. Surgery has been set for Wednesday, August 13th. My neurosurgeon plans to do a partial C3 corpectomy and instrumention from C3 to C5 or C3 to the inferior portion of C4. It's possible he may do a full corpectomy of C4. He's going to place a cervical expandable cage and plate.
I like to hike and I really hope that my leg weakness goes away. I haven't been able to hike for most of the summer and I really miss it. We all take walking for granted. Anyone have experience of corpectomy surgery and leg weakness improving? I'd love to hear your story.
I have been reading this forum alot and have learned so much from all of your experiences. This is kind of scary, stepping into unknown territory and it helps to read what others are facing and experiencing.
Another Brenda, age 57