Re: Another Cervical Disc Herniation..
I agree that it can be an adjacent area or movement in the fused area. I've had some symptoms that are indicative of C4 (my ACDF is C5-C7). But also had some symptoms that are more C6. My prior Orthopedic Spine Surgeon did x-rays and said nothing was wrong. My new Orthopedic Spine Surgeon did one x-ray with me looking towards the floor and one with me looking toward the ceiling. A simple x-ray shows that there is some movement in C6. It's possible, even with hardware, that the rest of the fusion via bone didn't occur. This new OSS is great. Also diagnosed my back problem with one simple x-ray. I have a history of spondylolisthesis where one vertebrae moves over another and a prior L4-S1 fusion. I had new pain all of the sudden last April, but it was somewhat relieved by laying down if only for a little while. My old OSS ordered an MRI and said "it's normal". My new OSS took one x-ray of me reaching forward as if to touch m toes showed that L3 was moving forward. Every time I laid down it moved back into line. So both times x-rays have been key (which totally surprised me but taught me a lot)
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08