I haven't needed to post much lately since my back pain is minimal/stable now. To recap my story, I had ACDF C5-6 in 4/07 due to spinal cord compression, osteophyte, spinal stenosis, hern disk, etc. It was a big success. I was doing great.
In fall 07, I had a lot of pain after turning over in bed. I called the NS who ordered MRI w contrast and X-rays. The MRI showed small disk herniations in C4-5 and C6-7. The NS said I did not need surgery - just live with it. I guess he was right because the horrible pain subsided and I have been good for a while, with just some aches, little pains.
Recently (past month), I have been having this thing where my right hand will get ice cold and the left hand is warm. It happens a few times/day. I have had other people feel my hands and they are SHOCKED at how icy one is and how warm the other is. It is annoying. The hands even look different when this happens -one normal, and one shriveled looking.
I have done research and can't figure out what this is. I know I have problems with C4-5 and C6-7. My most recent MRI was not that long ago - maybe in Oct 07. I don't have much pain.
What do you think? I don't want to get more MRI's if need be, since I worry a little about radiation after all of them I have had so far.