Hello, I am 42 years old. I am two years out after an acdf at c5-6. When I had this surgery I had other cervical issues, but 5-6 was the most in need of correcting. Herniations that moderately impinged bilateralyl and "mass effect on cord".
At the time I was also diagnosed with bone spur at c2-3 that was also bilaterally effecting nerve roots, mildly,
c3-4 mildly effected due to bone spur,
C4-5 disc herniation moderately effecting right, mild on right, and was abutting the cord, 5-6 as above,
c6-7 bone spur, mildly effecting nerve roots bilaterally. This was 2010
Went to urgent care in march due to chest pain. I thought for sure I was having heart attack. I also had not been able to lift my head up due to it causing severe pain adorn right arm on inner side. The pain was so bad I went to ED, which I never do because of the stigma, but I truly thought I would loose my mind from the pain. Both in my arm and chest. The chest Spain was not as bad as arm, later I would find out how bad that could and would get.
After getting some very strong meds, I was able to hold my head up for 20 min for and MRI. Everything above much worse, c4-5 massively effecting cord, Need more surgery, but am desperately trying to get thru summer. C2-3 and c6-7 giving me the most distress. C4-5, well to be honest, I think it is what is causing my legs issues and bowel and bladder retention, due to the spinal cord.
As far as function, I do ok. The muscle and skin on right shoulder is totally numb, basically had what would be considered third degree burn on it and no feeling, even as it heals, or I would pick at it, no feeling at all. (yeah I know shouldn't be picking at it).
Right Thumb and index finger am unable to feel hot temperatures in. But my left arm is considerable weaker and my thumb and index finger very weak. Typical pains for areas with issues.
I am still working but to be honest sometimes find it very difficult, but I have always been a workaholics, of course now I am unable to do the overtime I used to do. Am starting to slow down.
Overall I am healthy enough.
The cervical angina is he most distressing to me at present, because I truly feels as if I am having a heart attack.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this.
Just wanted to give everyone some information.