I deal with my pain through humor so I hope I made someone smile!
MVA July 96 fractured C5, with tearing/stretching of ligaments around spinal column, brain injury....wore halo and then hard collar until my fusion in March 97 (Posterior cervical fusion C4-6 with 2 titanium plates, 6 screws). I had migraines before MVA but I had them worse afterwards with numbness on the top of both shoulders. Migraines got better for a few years as did the numbness but I've always had the constant neck pain.
About a year ago, migraines got bad again (have 15-20 headaches/month, est. 10 are migraines) and the numbness is now constantly the left arm-top of my shoulder, tricep area, top of the forearm and entire hand/wrist. Went to neurologist July 08 b/c of headaches, he sent me for a brain and neck MRI. Brain MRI is fine, whew! Neck MRI shows minimal disk disease at C6-7 and at C-4 the left sided screw is displaced within the soft tissues. My neck MRI also shows multiple laminectomies from C4-6. I know what the lamina are on a vertebrae but no clue what this means lol someone help!
I found out MRI results on 8-4-08 and immediately gave my films to the Mayfield Clinic, who did my original fusion. I see a neurosurgeon on Sept 9th and I'm very nervous. I know the whole point of my fusion was because the ligaments were either torn or stretched and those don't grow back so I have no clue what he's going to tell me. Will I need another surgery to correct the hardware issue? What can we do about the pain, numbness in my left arm? I swear sometimes I feel like I won't be able to let go of the pen or I can't hold it b/c of weakness-yea I'm left handed!
Really glad I found this site, I would love to hear anyone's thoughts.