one year after cervical fusion with issues

one year after cervical fusion with issues

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purple1
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one year after cervical fusion with issues

hi everyone I had a cervical fusion last March, stem cell (trinity)was used, which i still really donot understand, I was told that i had spinal cord compression ( vertebrae slipped into spinal cord)I was told that if i did not do the fusion that i was facing increasing problems and be paralyzed I had bad neck pain for 7 years, then acute new symptoms developed. I was feeling like my chest / heart was tight all the time and was having involuntary jerks and movement in my left arm. My problem now is that , although i am doing so much better and should be grateful. I am still experiencing problems in my left arm, if not medicated I have the constant feeling that my nerves in my arm and chest are tightening and the pain gets bad,also chronic headaches, sometimes when i lay down i can feel the metal in my neck I was told before the procedure that there was no guarantee that i would improve however i was told that i may be left with symptoms but if didnt have surgery that i would continue to get worse. Now when i go to surgeon i am told " my neck was fixed" and i have had 3 MRI of arm ( nothing shows}I am so frustrated and feel like i am being dismissed

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Welcome

First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others including myself whom still have issues following surgery. A few things that come to mind are one did anyone ever mention myelopathy to you before the surgery? Also in some instances when the hardware has been a issue, the hardware has been removed and resolved the patients issues. They can do a hardware block, and see if the hardware is the issue. Are you currently in pain management? What types of medications are using to control the pain? Do you use a ten's unit? Have you had any post surgical injections?

Have they mentioned to you any permanent nerve damage? If so how was it diagnosed, as in, did they do a new EMG study. Also I am not sure I understand that you have had 3 mri's of your arm or did you mean Neck? If they were of your neck did they use contrast. Sometimes they might need to use a CT/myelogram post surgery to get a better idea. You might also consider seeking a opinion from a independent surgeon to see what they have to say. Do you know what level or levels you were fused at? If not you should get a copy of your surgery report so you can explain it to anyone other medical professional. Did you get copies of the mri reports? If not I suggest that you do, and keep them all together. It will help going forward to have all your medical information together, when seeing any other doctors.

While I don't have any magic answers to help with your pain, there are other things that can be done.

Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Feel free to read some other threads, which might give you a good idea of what others have tried. You might find more useful information in the cervical spine forum, typical all patients on the forums with cervical spine issues hang out there. If there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to pm me. Take care and look forward to reading more of your post.

Claire Dobbs
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Post Cervical Surgery Fall

Hi there. I had a cervical fusion on 3 levels from C4 to C7 last year in August. Prior to the surgery I had been experiencing pain in my arms, as well as numbness, twitching, weakness and generally feeling that my arms didn't really belong to me. After the surgery these symptoms persisted for quite awhile, however, from about 6 - 7 months after the op things improved dramatically. I no longer had any pain on using my arms, the twitching had stopped, and I was aware of regaining the strength I had previously had. All wonderful.
However, 3 weeks ago I fell down a step and landed on my arms very heavily (I am not an overweight person, however, the extra height of the step combined with my full body weight caused quite an jolt). Although I didn't feel anything in my neck specifically at the time, I experienced a bit of muscle spasm across my shoulders and in my neck for the next couple of days, which I think anyone would have experienced, which then went away. However, since then over a period of a couple of weeks I am now starting to experience the same tingling, numb twitchy sensations in my arms and hands that I had before the operation. I do not have any pain or apparent problems in my neck.
Any suggestions as to why this could be happening? Is it likely that the fusion havs "moved" or been damaged somehow, or could it possibly be that the nerves are still sensitive after the surgery and this is just a reaction to the jolt of the fall?
A friend doctor suggested I try anti inflamatories for a few days to see if that helps, which I am doing, but I am a bit concerned that there may be damage done. I would appreciate any thoughts, or advice please.

Claire Dobbs
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Post Cervical Surgery Fall

Hi there. I had a cervical fusion on 3 levels from C4 to C7 last year in August. Prior to the surgery I had been experiencing pain in my arms, as well as numbness, twitching, weakness and generally feeling that my arms didn't really belong to me. After the surgery these symptoms persisted for quite awhile, however, from about 6 - 7 months after the op things improved dramatically. I no longer had any pain on using my arms, the twitching had stopped, and I was aware of regaining the strength I had previously had. All wonderful.
However, 3 weeks ago I fell down a step and landed on my arms very heavily (I am not an overweight person, however, the extra height of the step combined with my full body weight caused quite an jolt). Although I didn't feel anything in my neck specifically at the time, I experienced a bit of muscle spasm across my shoulders and in my neck for the next couple of days, which I think anyone would have experienced, which then went away. However, since then over a period of a couple of weeks I am now starting to experience the same tingling, numb twitchy sensations in my arms and hands that I had before the operation. I do not have any pain or apparent problems in my neck.
Any suggestions as to why this could be happening? Is it likely that the fusion havs "moved" or been damaged somehow, or could it possibly be that the nerves are still sensitive after the surgery and this is just a reaction to the jolt of the fall?
A friend doctor suggested I try anti inflamatories for a few days to see if that helps, which I am doing, but I am a bit concerned that there may be damage done. I would appreciate any thoughts, or advice please.