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Re: Cervical spinal stenosis

Re: Cervical spinal stenosis

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Posted by Harvis on May 16, 2000 at 04:57:40:

In Reply to: Re: Cervical spinal stenosis posted by Helen on March 03, 2000 at 16:53:01:

: : : I have had cervical fusion at C4-C5 level and later at the C5-C6 level. Both fusions due to a herniated disc problem caused from different sources. They removed bone from the pelvic region to insert into the vertibra. Was only in hospital 3 days with last surgury. hardest part was getting the area where they removed the bone to funtion so I coould walk without pain. I was 42 at that time, so you can make it being only 26. Also would suggest that you should insist on frontal surgury as anterior approach causes to many later problems. I am looking for any advice for this. I am 26 years old and have been in pain for over a year. I have weakness in my arms and numbness in my hands and pain radiating down my spine and at my neck and shoulders. I have tried injections, massage, steroids, muscle relaxers, antiinflammatories, therapy. These have only been a minimal help. Are there any other things that have helped? Does surgery work and what are the risks of surgery? Please help!
: Stephanie: I was only 25 when I had my first operation. I have had three due to an inherited condition. Aubrey is right when she says to have the surgeon go in through the front (anterior) rather than the back (posterior). It is a much easier procedure to go through. I have had both and I much preferred the front (anterior). Also, ask your surgeon about receiveing a fibular allograft (graft of shinbone from the bone bank). My last two surgeries consisted on fusions and I had allografts both times. This was done so I would have only the one incision site and so healing would be easier. Not all doctors do this, for reasons I don't know, but my did and I am glad. You also need to be sure to get a second and a third opinion, if need be. Have you had an MRI? If so, did it show stenosis? It sure sounds like your spinal cord is being impinged judging from your numbness and weakness. The sooner you have surgery, the sooner the impingement is relieved and the better you will feel. You may be left with residual pain and weakness depending on how long this has been occuring. But, trust me, you learn to live with any "leftovers". I know I have. As with any surgery, there are risks, but the risks of not having surgery when the spinal cord is impinged, is greater. I hope I have been of some help. Please feel free to e-mail me if you'd like. Helen

Can anyone help with finding good informative websites on cervical stenosis and spondylitis.
I want to thank everyone who has posted to this board. I have learned alot from you.
All the best to everyone. I know I'll have many questions as soon as I learn more about my disease.


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