It is a bit depressing for me to be back on this forum
A little over 2 years ago I had ACDF surgery on C5-C7. My recovery was pretty good, but the last 6 months my pain has been slowly creeping back. As we were getting ready for surgery 2 years ago my neurosurgeon told me that the C4-C5 was also not great but I shouldn't have to worry about it for another 5-10 years and he did not want to fuse all 3 levels all at once. Here are my latest MRI results....
C4-C5 - Disc Osteophyte complex with superimposed left formaminal disc protrusion flattening the left anterolateral aspect of the cervical spinal cord and markedly narrowing the left exiting neuroformen without significant spinal canal or right exiting neuroforaminal stenosis. Non-Expansile intramedullary T2 STIR hyperintense signal measuring up to 18mm in craniocaudal height a nonspecific finding likely representing myelomalacia. The possibility of a small syringohydromyelia cannot be excluded.
C5-C7 Disc osteophyte complex partially effacing the ventral thecal sac - Post fusion changes CT is needed
I am a 31 yr old that has cervical stenosis and remember having her first "stiff neck" at age 12. I am very used to living with neck pain, but some days it feels like it is going to suffocate me. I only take a pain killer when I absolutely have to, which is only about 1 a day. The pain now is mainly down my left shoulder and tingling in both hands. I have seen the Neuro once and he gave me the look, of "I really do not want to do another fusion on you but that may have to be the case". He sent me with 2 packs of Steroids and then wanted me to try Voltaren. The first week of Steroids KILLED me, I was in so much pain and was so cranky I didn't want to take the 2nd week. I was told that the drugs were not making me worst it was just emphasizing the pain. I also had a CT scan done which only stated...C4-C5 - Hypertrophy of the left uncovertebral joint with mild left forminal stenosis.
I see the Dr. again on 5/18 and don't know what to expect. I know there are no questions that I am asking outright, just venting, ha!