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Had ACDF C6-C7 surgery in May of last year due to a severe herniated disc that caused me to start losing function in both arms and affected my legs. Cervical myelopathy, muscle weakness, and lots of other things were caused by the bad disc. The fusion is healing well, but still having neck discomfort daily. In November and December of 2017 I was going to physical therapy to try to get more strength and movement in my right arm. Physical therapist said something is definitely wrong in there. It was recommended that I contact and see the neurosurgeon who did my surgery. I saw him and had an MRI and x-rays done. The results he gave me was a new disc herniation at C5-C6, but not bad enough for surgery. He said I really do not want another surgery so soon unless it is absolutely needed. According to the radiologists report my MRI done back at the end of April of 2017 there was a slight herniation to C5-C6, but was told the neurosurgeon reads things different than the radiologists. At this time (January 2018) I had no more appointments with PT. Just recently had an appointment with my regular doctor and asked if she could print out my results from my MRI and x-rays from December. I wanted them for my files. She did that for me. According to the letters and reports from the radiologists who did the MRI and X-rays C5-C6 has a right central protrusion with mild neural foraminal narrowing on the right similar in size and appearance from previous exam in April 2017 with mild degenerative disc disease, slight grade 1 retrolisthesis, with joint space loss and osteophytes. C7-T1 has a small central disc protrusion similar to previous exam in April 2017. So even though the radiologists reports say nothing new, it is all new to me as I was never told by the neurosurgeon that these other discs had issues. He didn't see anything back in April that was cause for any concern with these discs and was focused on the severe herniation. I understand that. I'm just getting really frustrated with everything. After 9 months post surgery I still have muscle weakness and discomfort in my right side. I don't have full range of motion in my right shoulder and upper arm and also my right hip and thigh muscles get irritated. I can't do any heavy lifting, any repetitive motions for long, sit (on harder surfaces) or stand for long periods of time, ride in a vehicle for very long, walk up stairs normally, takes longer to do any day to day tasks, takes longer to do household chores, drive, basically most anything without discomfort. I've told my doctors and physical therapist all of this. The neurosurgeon said because of how bad things were before surgery and the damage that was done to my spinal cord and nerves that I may only see a 70% improvement. I've come to terms with that and know that is all I will see. I was scheduled for a cortisone injection in January, but cancelled it. Didn't want it to just mask the discomfort and do something to screw my neck up any worse. I was the one to suggest to the neurosurgeon about the injection in the first place after we talked a little bit about it. My regular doctor seems to think I could go back to work if I have the injection, but it isn't going to fix the muscle weakness and range of motion issues. I was told by many people to try for disability and I'm working on it. Was denied, but have appealed it. I would rather be able to work than have to be on disability, but my body has made a different decision. Sorry this is so long I just need to get things out and figured some of you on here would understand more since you have went through similar situations. It is nice to hear from others with similar issues. People I talk to just don't understand and some think I'm faking everything. I have made other posts that have more info of what I've been through. I know there are no professionals on here. I've read many posts and articles on here. I've done a lot of research on everything going on with my neck. Trying to stay strong with all this, but it is starting to get more frustrating as another month passes by.
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