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Who has had c3-c7?

4jkasper44jkasper Posts: 231
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am just wanting to get some input from other people who have had c3-c7 fused to see how their ROM is and how much pain they are in. Are they on disability or working....Just want to see how "others" are dong with that level of a fusion.Thanks ~X(


  • hi there. My surgery was 8/21/07. I am still struggling to get my life back. I don't know what you specifically want to know. I still have pain in my right arm and my neck is not pain free. There was no pain in my neck before surgery - it was all down my arms and into my hands. I am getting massage weekly for ROM and it is helping more than PT did. I have gained more ROM in the past three months than in the nine previous months. I am dealing with depression and am now on several medications for this and for pain. Hope this helps.

  • pupmomma,
    Thank you for your response, I don't think there are whole lot of us out there with that many levels fused and I just am trying to find out if we are all about the same. I too am dealing with those issues. Are you able to work? I tried to go back but it is just too painful. I have applied for SSD.
    It is good to beable to talk with someone who is "in the same boat" I guess Iam still in alittle denile too, keep thinking I will get better.(Back to normal)
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  • Hello 4jcasper,
    Through two surgeries I am fused from c3-c7. I am 47 and still not able to return to work of any kind as of yet. I was a plumber and the docs have told me to find another career. Fighting WC, but that battle is just about over and won. I have some numbness down my left arm and into my hand. Just had a test yesterday, simular to a EMG that showed very little improvement to my spinal cord, but that in itself is a good thing. My ROM has gotten better since I have been doing PT, so far 3 months of it and probably a few more to go. I am 5 months post op and things are slowly getting better. Try to keep a good outlook.
  • I'm fused C4-C7....my last surgery which was a revision was done Feb 07 and I am still not good. Right now I am doing PT for what was thought to be rotator cuff but now it has turned into a neck thing.....my right arm has never stopped hurting since before or after surgery and now I'm having horrible pain in left shoulder/arm. EMG/NCV test showed denervation at C5C6, muscle atrophy, radiculpathy and parathesis.....the only thing surgery did for me was stop me from being paralysed. I know it all sounds horrible but I had been in pain a long time before surgery and never knew it was my neck......

  • My operation was in April of this year. Physio has done wonders for my range of motion already and i've only been there for a month and a half.Pain wise i'm doing better.I was taking 8 gabapentin a day for nerve pain and have weaned myself down to two a day.My pain is much better.My trouble now is muscle pain and headaches. Muscle pain from working my muscles so much. I was very sedantary before my operation per doctors request and now they want me working my butt of to get my muscle strength back. the headaches i believe is still do to weak neck muscles being worked,hopefully that will subside with time. i have close to full range of motion but its still painful to turn my head to the right and thats where they did a lot of there work so i'm sure once that heals i'll have close to my full range back. i hope this helps with your questions good luck to you
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  • just wanted to pop in and wish all of you with multi levels fused or soon to be fused the best of luck...please continue to let us know how you are all doing....take care....Miki
  • I am still wearing my collar 24/7 and get x-rays and have dr. appt. on Sept. 29. That's when he'll see how I'm fusing and if the plate and screws are still in place. I sure hope all is well on both accounts! I have no idea how much ROM I will have. I cannot extend or raise my left arm due to deltoid and bicep paralysis after surgery and receiving therapy 3 x a week. No improvement yet. A great attitude helps a lot and I rely on friends to help out and I have a great husband who is very supportive. If you have any questions in particular, I'll see if I can answer them for you. Hope you feel better!
  • i am 39 year old that has been dealing for the past 14 years with neck pain but found out that I have degeneration in c3-c7. my mother had c4-c6 fused in 1999. I just had the injection my neck is not hurting but now I have migraines. I want to know has anyone else had this and if you know if that is normal?
    thank you
  • Check out the posts I have made here recently.
  • Hi,

    I recently joined this forum because my neurosurgeon is recommending a C3-C7 fusion. I had a level C3-C4 fusion in 2005, and so I was shocked to hear that I should now have a five level fusion! I do not at this time have myelopathy. However, in 2005 I had severe myelopathy; I was falling down constantly due to balance problems; dropping things, and was experiencing numbness in my fingers up to my elbows. My symptoms at this time is balance problems, and I have fallen a few times. I do have pain in my neck, shoulders and down the arms, but I also have fibromyalgia, so am not sure if the pain is from the fibro or from both the fibro and back.

    I have done a lot of research on this fusion, and I am very frightened of having all 5 levels done. My neuro told me that I would have "significant" loss of ROM, moving my head from side to side and up and down. The loss would be about 70% - I asked her if with PT, would it get better. She told me that the loss would be PERMANENT due to all the bone fusion and hardware that would be put in to stabilize the neck. Yet, some of the posters here have had the same surgery and their loss of range of motion has in some cases improved.

    My neuro said that the reason for the surgery is NOT to make me better (!) but to keep me from getting progressively worse :( So there is not even a "carrot" at the end of the stick. I am going to get a second opinion to see if there is another way (less fusion) that would work. Also, at this time, my neuro said it is not critical, but that she does recommend surgery to prevent further injury to my spine.

    I'm assuming you've had the surgery - how long has it been, and have you noticed any improvement in your ROM?

    Gentle hugs,

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