I was wondering if once the bone is fused, can it come un-fused?? I had a ACDF in Nov 2003 for C5/6 - C6/7. In the past 5 1/2 years, I have been to numerous doctors, pain centers, neurologists, neurosurgeons complaining that I still had unbearable pain. I have had x-rays, MRIs, cat scans, epidural injections, rf ablations, trigger point and facet joint injections along with physical therapy and so on and so on and so on....Every one of these doctors has told me that there was a solid fusion. I had a chest xray in July of this year that showed that the plate in my neck was broken. I went to my current neurosurgeon and he ordered a cat scan. He said it showed that C6/7 is not fused. How can this be if it was solidly fused before??
I had a discogram on 8/12/09 which also showed that now C4/5 needs to be included in the fusion. The NS will take out the hardware and refuse. I will be having the surgery sometime in September.
C5-6 / C6-7 ruptured Nov 2003
Cervical fusion December 2003
Diagnosed Deg Disc/Joint Disease Jan 2004
Right Rotator Cuff repair April 2007
Lumbar Fusion L4-5 / L5-S1 May 21, 2009
Left Rotator Cuff repair July 7., 2009