Re: bilateral hand tingling
personally,i prefer a neurosurgeon when it comes to my c spine crap,really.they are just a bit more knowledgeable than the average ortho when it comes to the c spine and the brain and the connections of nerve/spinal cord stuff.love my ortho tho,just not for my c spine.one BIG thing here,do you know with 100% certainty that your fusion actually ever took?the reason i am asking is i was having the very same symptoms as you after my fusion,along with theis horrid bone against bone grinding and popping noises?i KNEW i was not fused but the MRI(inconclusive and reccomended a CT) and the CT said i 'definitely"was.it took me over 9 months of repeated calls to my NS nurse(nurse ratchet?)fun lady who i desperately wanted to run over with my car by that time.just kept telling me 'you know what the CT said."
there was just no possible way that this could have been fused.my NS,who i finally was actually 'allowed' to see(another story believe me)finally just sent me for a very simple flexion and extension x ray which of course completely revealed that i was NOT fused at all.only one endplate(the bottom) ever actually fused.so i had to have hardware placement done with another flippin surgery.the fact that your symptoms are intermittant would indicate a possible non fusion.that little bone just keeps moving around and irritating/pinching/compressing the hell out of things up there.that is why it is not a constant thing?you know what i mean?if you havent done so already,i would highly reccomend a flex and ext x ray.this little wonder would show if there is a non fusion.good luck,and please let me know what you find out,K?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.