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acdf C5/6 & C6/7 surgery all dun

WalshyWWalshy Posts: 18
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi all, i have just found out i have to have acdf c6 c7 surgery, i was in a bad car crash 16 years ago and it has taken till now to find out wot was up with my neck, i found out today the surgeon want to do the op on the 18th of may, here is a picture if it works you can have a look, i would like to hear from any one with any advice please lee. ">image

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  • the picture worked then, I forgot to say am an upholster and the settes are about 224 pounds that I have to lift on my own, but the last few weeks my left arm as been giving me loads of pain, as any one on ere had a mri scan that looks like mine above and how did you get on ? lee
  • We are not doctors and are not authorized to read MRIs, but it does look like you have some spinal cord compression. In my opinion, you should stop lifting such heavy furniture. It could make things worse. Take it easy. Have you had a 2nd or 3rd opinion? Have you tried physical therapy, injections, etc.? Surgery should be the last resort if conservative treatments don't work. Good luck!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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  • hi Lili its the only job I no how to do, I have been doing it for 25 yrars and the doctor said if I dont have the op I will be paralyzed from the neck down in a few years so I may as well get it dun, I just wanted to no if any one had had a pinched spinal cord and how they are doing.

  • I have cord compression at two levels in my neck, but I don't have the whiteish area on my spinal cord like it appears you do. My neurosurgeon is watching out for it and has said that it would indicate that there is damage to the cord and surgery would be needed (straight away, I think). What has your surgeon said to you?

    Meanwhile, we are watching and waiting every 6 months. However my second opinion neurosurgeon has said that we should do a 2 level ACDF to stop my neurological symptoms progressing and possibly remaining after surgery. He has told me that if I was in an accident or had a fall, I could be left with 'bruising' to my cord which could leave me with paralysis or permanent severe weakness in my arms and legs.

    The rest of my neck has significant spondylosis so it looks rather a mess with all the bony spurs making the edges look out of alignment.

    I agree with Lili that you should not be lifting such heavy items. You could cause your problems to seriously deteriorate quite quickly.

    After surgery, you won't be able to lift things like that for quite a long time.

    What are your symptoms?
    I wonder if you have any signs of myelopathy.

    Do hang around and ask any other questions you may have. There is a list of useful items to have to help you after surgery. If you can't find it, let me know and I'll find the link for you. It is in the Back and Neck Surgery thread, right at the top, I believe.

    Take care

  • hi jellyhall thanks,I think the whiteish area on my spinal cord is why the doctor wants to do the op so soon, I dont think I want to go back doing upholstery, I am going to look for a different job and I have had very bad neck pain for 13 years and numbness in my fingers for 6 years, and really bad tennis elbow in my left arm for 8 years that is not helping, what is myelopathy ?
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  • below is a link to myelopathy;


    i am starting to have these symptoms but the neurological testing only shows some of the signs.

    do your symptoms come and go, or are they there all the time?
    i have very many symptoms which come and go. my compression is higher up than yours(c3/4 and c4/5) i get pain and other symptoms in my arms, hands, wrists, legs, feet, neck, shoulders and around my abdomen in addition to frequent headaches.
  • thanks for the link the numbness in my fingers would come and last a few days then I wouldnt get it for months and only came back when I went to move my arm fast but 6 years ago it stayed and a nurse said put up with it as long as i could, I would give work up now untill the op but I wouldnt get any help because I can hold a pen or open a door :(, your symptoms sound a lot worse than mine, do you not no when they are going to operate on you ?
  • Before surgery, my symptoms progressed rapidly. When I first started looking into the cause of my neck pain and headaches, the pain wasn't severe. Within a matter of months, I started to get recurrent UTIs, headaches that kept me laying down most of the day. A month before my surgery, my legs started to feel heavy, but I rarely had numbness or pain in my fingers/hands.

    I had surgery because of the UTIs and the legs getting heavy and numb. The pain in my upper back, neck, head and shoulders were pretty severe and I would get relief from laying down with heat. Most of the time I was dizzy and only drove to run quick errands and then return to the couch.

    It sounds like a good idea to change careers soon. Like what Jelly said, you won't be able to lift anything heavy after surgery for months. I was limited to 5lbs for the first 3 months. Take care!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Although I certainly do have numerous symptoms, the level of pain is not nearly as bad as the awful bilateral sciatica I was having before my Lumbar fusion. That used to have me in tears sometimes and regularly lying on the floor to cope with the pain.

    I had one of my 6 monthly check ups with a neurosurgeon last week. Surprisingly she said that she is not sure that my symptoms are coming from my neck and wants me to see a neurologist!!

    Two months ago, I saw a different neurosurgeon who recommended a two level fusion on my neck due to the cord compression. I was just getting my head around that idea, but decided to not make any decisions until I had had my 6 monthly check with the other neurosurgeon clinic.

    Now I am very confused as to what is going on!
    I can't go ahead with surgery now this seed of doubt has been sown. I just hope that I won't have to wait too long to see a neurologist. I am in the UK where we have long waits. Strange, she is the fifth neurosurgeon I have seen, and is the only one to think these symptoms might not be coming from my neck.

    I think my most worrying symptom is a stiffening spasm that I get in my feet, legs and sometimes around my abdomen, causing my back to arch up. I get it early in the morning, as I start to move and wake up. I also get it if I get up after sitting for a long time. It sometimes leads to cramping of my muscles, so then it is very painful.

  • I am also in the uk ( the northwest )I saw the doctor this week on tuesday and then they phoned me wednesday moring to say the doctor has put asap and they could do the op on the 18th of may, only 22 days left, a bit scared now but hopefully I will be better after the op, I hope they sort you out soon.
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