HI all.. I'm new here, but decided to post in this section first as I haven't had much issue with my neck or back.
Details-- Soccer and Ice hockey player since 2000. Mom of 3 (18,12,10) and work part time.
No real injury issues to neck back, but got a stinger about 2 yrs ago when i was nudged playing hockey. Off and on this happened and was told pretty normal for such a physical sport.
Decided to see a neurologist because my arm had been falling asleep a lot and my thumb and first finger keep going numb.
had EMG on the 5th Nov and MRI on 30Oct
EMG showed some carpal tunnel, but MRI was different story.
Here's the details of MRI
c5/6 level mild degenerative change with posterior spur and disc bulge complex which causes effacement of the thecal sac and abuts the spinal cord. focal high T2 signal within the spinal cord at this level measuring 6mm by 4mm Associated right sided neural foraminal narrowinging due to uncovetebral hybpertrophy and left neuroforaminal narrowing to a lesser degree at this level.
C6/7 mild posterior spur and disc bulge causing mild effacement of thecal sac. spinal canal and neuroforamen are preserved..
So I saw a neurosurgeon on friday and am scheduled for ACDF of c5/6 on the 17th of this month. Sudden. No collar needed, back to work following week. uses titanium plate/screws as well.
I have a few questions---
I'm grossed out about allograft and am considering autograph. Am I nuts? if you have used your own bone for one level let me know your thoughts.
c6/7.. can't they do something during this surgery so I don't need another surgery down the road?
Either way I'm calling doc tomorrow to discuss this.
Good news is I can return to hockey in 3 months (more if I involve 2nd level)
Thanks in advance for your input!