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Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

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Posted by cindy on July 23, 2000 at 23:10:33:

In Reply to: Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis posted by Sandy on November 18, 1999 at 14:05:35:

:I have been diagnosed with cervical stenosis at C 4-5 and C5-6 with osteophytes. Neurosurgeon has recommended fusion, but I am concerned that this diagonosis is not the cause of my hand symtoms. I get severe hand cramps from wrist bone down with a loss of stength in my hands. I also get burning on the tops/back of my hands...no tingling. Did anyone have these symptoms along with the others such as arm/shoulder pain? : I too had cervical spine surgery.. i awoke o
ne morning having difficulty walking.. an mri revealeld 4 levels of bone spurs from c-3 to c-7.. I am a 35 year old very fit athelete.. who knows how this happened? anyway, they operated both anterior/posterior and gve me two new neck bones , fused, and plated.. i have 15 screws and 3 plates holding the fusion together.. i didn't return to my job for 8 weeks.. the healing process is VERY slow.. my back neck muscles were the most painful of all.. it felt like i had a 100 lb bowling ball on my shoulders.. its been 3 months now post op, and the majority of neck pain has subsided, but the "spascity" remains a big problem they tell me this is due to the nerve compression from bone spours.... make sure you find a teaching hospital and a skilled neurosurgeon.ek of November. He is taking a bone from my hip and placing it in my neck with a plate to do the fusion. He has said that I will be off work for no less than 6 weeks and possibly 8 weeks. He says the neck will heal much quicker than the hip. I know nothing about this surgery, about what I will be able to do once I have it (for the 6-8 weeks I am off), and what I will be restricted from doing. Can anyone who has had this surgery let me know what my possible limitations might be (lifting, driving a car, etc.) and how long they were actually off their jobs after the surgery. Anything you can tell me would be most helpful.

: I've also had the surgery. A bit of advise? Don't use bone from your hip, use doner bone. My
: Neurosurgeon said that when extracting bone from the hip, it causes severe pain and the
: recuperation process is longer than the neck surgery. He said its not worth it!! The only reason
: people opt for the hip procedure is because of the fear they might contract aides from the
: doner boneplugs which is rediculous says my Doctor. I asked him what he would choose it
: it were him going for surgery. He said Doner Bone Bank for sure.
: I had herniation of the C3-4 C4-5 C5-6 levels with the C4-5 compressing halfway into my
: spinal cord which was causing a slow paralysis. The surgery wasn't as bad as I thought it
: was going to be. I had to wear a Hard Cervical Collar for 3 months. That was the worst part
: I felt caustraphobic when lying down. My Doc gave me Valium and Ambien to help with that.
: The pain really wasn't that bad. . For me I suffered more on a mental/emotional
: level rather than physical pain cause I worried/stressed over my Spinal Cord being damaged.
: Also due to my surgeon saying that my condition may get better, stay the same, or get worse.
: Its been 3 years 8 months since surgery and my condition is just a little worse off. I experience
: Intermittent muscle spasticity to my legs more specifally the right leg which causes
: balance problems. I have hyper reflexes on my right side. My right/dominant hand/arm are
: very weak with poor maneuvarability in my fingers. Neck pain is intermmittent but tolerable.The
: really strange thing is, during my menstrual cycle all of the mentioned symptoms are stronger
: which causes MAJOR Fatigue all over!! I usually miss about 4 days of work per month when
: this happens. Yes my job is in jeopardy. But what can I do??
: Anyway, goodluck/health to you in your decision.
: Feel free to email me with any furtther questions or concerns you may have.
: Sincerely
: Sandy

: incoordination and loss of balance




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