I'm sorry if this has been answered before (I just can't find anything similar) but what are the effects of cervical stenosis, disc space narrowing, and foramina -- whatever, all that means-- on C2-C3? I am fused from C3-C7. This was taken from notes from an MRI done two years ago. I am also having an issue with the disc directly underneath the fusion (C7-T1? I think its called) crumbling under the weight of the fusion.
I am supposed to schedule a myelogram next month (yep, I was scared and backed out of it several weeks ago) but having so much pain, I just don't know what is coming from where. I also have multiple areas of disc and facet changes in a 40% curvature in my L spine. The surgeon said that he was sure I needed a fusion in lower back I assume this is where leg problems come in?
Could someone please explain this all to me very simply? Also, he wouldn't go into any detail about C2-C3 until after myelogram for he said it was a risky surgery? What problems does one experience with this particular area? I am experiencing bad headaches, toothpain (but not the same tooth?), sudden loss of hearing in one ear or another--thankfully, it returns, balance issues, etc? My neck crunches and is always in pain, but I thought that was from the fusion?
Thank you for any and all help !!