Re: C1-C7 Neck Fusion Surgery
the mere fact that you already have myelomalacia going on means you have some very direct pressure in that paticular area in your actual cord itself where no flow of at the very least CSF is able to get to, and the possibility of some blood supply as well. anytime there just is a high signal intensity found inside our spinal cords, it IS something that needs attention. there are also other more congenital things that can also cause high signal within the cord such as vascular malformations. but myelo is the most commonly seen, esp in an MRI description like yours. a person can develop myelo from many different things, but yours does appear to be from direct pressure ON that area of cord from what is described as 'severe" canal stenosis'. this is the canal that your spinal cord actually runs thru. its no wonder you are getting the symptoms that you are since this is also happening(canal stenosis) in other areas too among other things..
if you just go down to the 'spianl forum" way down in the 'S" section, there are some really really knowledgable people there, and i know of one in particular who has also had a very long c spine fusion as well. they can help you down there better than here where mostly back issues are discussed. the spinal deals more with the c spine. i DO wish you all the luck in the world with this and hope everything goes well for you too. marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.