Over the past year, I have experienced two new oddities and I am curious if anyone else has experienced the same. In 1986 I suffered a crushing blow injury. Unfortunately my neck injury wasn't diagnosed until 2009. My other injuries took center stage and by the time I was discharged and sent home for extended bed rest, my neck didn't really bother me.
Years later, I have to have C6-7 fused due to a bone fragment that was rubbing against the spinal cord. Only way to get to the bone was to remove the disk.
Operation was three years ago. About two years ago, my middle finger on my left hand now locks and is extremely painful. In addition, my thumb on my right hand, at the base, will become extremely painful at the base preventing me from being able to use it.
I was told to lose weight and the pain will go away. When I work out, (physical therapy) or engage in any heavy lifting (20lbs) my neck will swell and my finger/thumb will become painful.
Since there was a vast difference in time between the injury and the surgery, I believe scar tissue could be adding to the problem.
Has anyone else experience this too?
Neck - C3/4 min central focal bulge - C5/6 Min annular bulge - C6/7 Fused; Foraminal narrowing due to uncinate process hypertrophy; Prominet retro cerebellar fluid collection compatible w/an arachnoid cyst. Severe Rt foraminal narrowing. There is also enhancement within the neural foramen likely related to granulation tissue.
Thoracic - T3/4, T6/7 & T10/11 - Degenerative spondylosis yielding several level mild spinal stenosies and moderate stenosis.
Thank you for any reponses