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Myelogram results are in!

Kat_woman38KKat_woman38 Posts: 162
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
And still trying to figure out what happened. I kinda feel like I got hit on the head with a hammer made of Silly Putty LOL! From what the NS said, I have bone spurs at the C3-4, 4-5 level, but that surgery would only have a 50% chance of helping and he's not going to recommend it.

Since this is arthritic, I waited until today to post, as I had an appointment with my rheumatologist, and wanted to see what he had to say about it. He read the report, has ordered another EMG (my 2nd in 6 weeks, the fun just keeps coming) and is suspecting my symptoms are from carpal tunnel syndrome! I didn't even consider this, as I'd had the surgery for this done around 20 years ago, and with all this neck stuff going on, I just assumed it was the neck. But, now that it's been pointed out to me, it kinda makes sense. Just so frustrating! I'm looking forward to a surgery free summer, and don't think that's going to happen now. If it is CTS, it'll be due to scar tissue, and I don't think there's much they can do from a therapy standpoint for that. Poop.

Anyway, hope everyone's having a pain free or pain light day! The sun is shining here, and it's pretty decent weather for a change! Always a positive in there somewhere LOL!



  • There have been amamzing changes in the world of carple tunnel surgery in the past 20 years! It can now be done with a minimally invasive procedure called the Brown procedure. It's about a 1 inch incision and for the most part you are good to go! :)

    What do you feel when you hold your hands with your wrists extended all the way back for 10-15 sec, ie as if you were holding a trayon the top of you palms.

    Very different from the past!

    Hoping for the very best for you!
  • Thanks for the encouragement! I get the numbness & tingling, same for bending them forward together. Mostly, I started noticing it when I would go shopping. I always take a cart, cuz if I don't, I always need one LOL! I'd be in the store about 5-10 minutes, and my entire hand would be completely numb. As it progressed, it started happening when I drive, and now, when my husband drives, if he hits a big bump, too.

    Not sure about the Brown procedure, but my old scars are considered long for when I had mine done, they're about 1 1/2" long, with a couple zigzags at the end. They're the only scars I have that aren't "supersized", most of my surgical scars have spread out, keloid, I think they're called? These blend right in with the life lines on my hand, so I'm hoping they can go in the same area.

    Anyway, thanks for the support, and still YAY for no more spine surgery for the time being hehe!
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