help, need advice and insight
First time posting. I have had two prior neck surgeries; prior interbody spacer at C3-C4 with
posterior bars and screws at C3-C4.
also, anterior fusion extending from C4 through C7
I had new symptoms and had an MRI done with the following findings;
At the C6-7 level, there is approximately 3 mm broad-based posterior disc
ossify complex resulting in mild degree of central canal narrowing. There is no
cord signal abnormality or cord compression. Neural foramina are patent
At the C7-T1 level, there is a right paracentral broad-based extruded disc
measuring 5 to 6 mm AP dimension and 7 to 8 mm craniocaudal. Some of the disc
extends across midline into the left paracentral region which results in severe
right lateral recess narrowing and moderate to severe right neural foraminal
narrowing. There is uncovertebral hypertrophy resulting in mild left neural
foraminal narrowing at this level. No specific cord signal abnormality is seen
at this level.
1. There is an extruded right paracentral disc at C7-T1 measuring 5 to 6 mm AP
dimension and 7 to 8 mm craniocaudal detailed above resulting in severe right
lateral recess narrowing and moderate to severe right neural foraminal stenosis.
2. Primarily osteophyte is seen at the C5-C6 level measuring 6 mm along the
left paracentral region. There is anterior indentation of the cord at this
level with moderate central and left lateral recess stenosis. No cord signal
abnormality is present.
I am experienceing some severe nerve pain down the back of my right arm (predominate arm) extending down to my fingers, pinkie, ring and middle finger. There is numbness and weakness in my hand. Prickly and tingleling.
I haven't been able to sleep in a bed for over a month. I am an artist and haven't been able to paint either. My Ortho wants to do surgery. Posterior fusion at c7-T1 with donor bone.
My pain says do it, but my mind says, are you sure??? Any imput or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.