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Posted by PatG on December 19, 2000 at 15:41:01:

In Reply to: fibromyalgia/fatigue/cervical stenosis posted by Carla Edelman on December 19, 2000 at 12:16:54:

: I just came back from Chicago Institute of Neurosurgury and Neuroresesearch, where I was told I have a congenital cervical stenosis of c3 through c7. The spinal cord opening ranges from 10 mm down to 6 mm.
: My neurological tests for balance, strength and reflexes were not that abnormal, but my symptoms are driving me crazy. I don't sleep due to numbness in arms, have IBS, GERD, migraines, low-grade headaches, confusion, memory loss and constant back and neck pain.
: I am considering a laminectomy on C3-C7. Has anyone had this surgury for a similar diagnosis? What were the results?
Dear Carla: I am so sorry for all your problems. Are you from the Chicago area? I was born and raised in Brookfield, ILL., but moved away in 1974.

I have had neck fusion of C5-6 only in June, 2000. The fusion went just fine for me. I, too, have IBS and low back pain, L4-5, S1-2, and disk bulges all the way down below L4-5. I still have some neck pain, but will for the rest of my life. Had a low back laminectomy at L4-5 in Mar, 1993. You MAY still have neck pain afterwards, but the surgery is necessary to stop any damage of the main spinal nerve in the neck. I have a friend who's neck fused itself on one side!! She just found this out and she is in terrible pain. My neurosurgeon told me, "I can only repair your back/neck; I cannot give you a new one". Same surgeon did both low back and neck; she is a woman who moves slowly and deliberately in her general manerisms. I want someone like that working around my spine.

Perhaps someone else can post to you who has exactly what you have. My friend does, but right now, they have her in physical therapy to get the swelling down before any surgeries. That also could be an insurance requirement. Try everything else before spending money on surgery. I DID have the neck fusion at one level, and wanted to assure you that the fusion went very well with me. Take care, PatG


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