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Re: Large bone spur distorting my cervical cord

Re: Large bone spur distorting my cervical cord

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Posted by Barbara on November 29, 2000 at 17:25:07:

In Reply to: Large bone spur distorting my cervical cord posted by Jewel on October 19, 2000 at 10:57:51:

: Has anyone had surgery to remove bone spurs? I am so scared of becoming paralyzed. Was hit by a car a long time ago, and suffered severe neck and body trauma. I got my results from MRI just yestersday. They found a large bone spur at c6-7 impinging upon the canal, distorting the cervical cord and severely impinging upon the neural foramen on the left and minimally on the right. I also have bone spurring at c5-6 to slight degrees which impinges upon the neural foramina (particularly left.) Presently in severe pain, all typical stuff numbing, pain, 1 bout of total paralysis down left arm, lasted one half hour. TOTALLY FREAKING OUT! and very much in pain. Can surgery fix this? I am still awaiting my Neuro. Dr. to look at films, until then too scared to move my neck in case of severing cord. What to do. Thank to all who can respond.

: Jewel~

It sounds as you are describing my symptoms exactly!!! I had a large spur at C4/5, and had an anterior cervical discectomy in June this year. I too freaked when I got my MRI results. It is nothing to worry about, although it is easy to say. The surgeons know what they are doing. They always have to tell you of the risks for surgery, so that you make an informed decision. Unfortunately, I had been suffering for more than 10 years before I was diagnosed and the compression has caused severe signal change in the cord at that level. I am told this damage is permanent, however, I am still walking no problems. I do have another spur at C6/7 which I am waiting to find out whether I am to have another op, I have just had a foraminiotomy at C6/7 (4 weeks ago) so am in a bit of a mess. Hope all goes well.
Barbara



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