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    Old 09-10-2004, 06:05 PM   #1
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    Unhappy Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    I had a c5-c-6 fusion 4 years ago, everything went great, now 4 years later i had a slipped disk c6-c7, once again i underwent surgery a week ago, this time the old plate was removed because of broken screws, and c6-c7 were fused with a BAK device. the day after surgery i woke up and my left eye seemed droopy, now i was diagnosed with horner's syndrome, does any one has that happen too? and will it go away?? I am very frusterated about this. I need some advice please, or any kind of info ,thx

     
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    Old 09-11-2004, 06:35 AM   #2
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Hi, i ended up with horners syndrome after a surgery done on the inside of my spinal cord to remove what was basically a glob of blood vessels.It is caused by direct damage to the sympathetic nervous system.I am still wondering just how they managed to damage that.the sympathetic chain actually runs along the outside,and kind of along the sides of the vertebraes in your spinal column.i really am rather suprised that horners dosen't happen much more frequently than it does as there are so many people who have had fusions and laminectomies,you would think that since it runs along the outside the vertebrae,that it would get injured much more often.I had never even heard of horners before i was Dxed with it in the rehab hosp I was transferred to after spending two weeks in the actual hospital where i had had the surgery.I went to brush my teeth one night,it was day two in rehab, when i noticed that something just wasn't 'right"with my eyes.when i lookled closer,I noticed that the R pupil looked "blown' and the L one was very tiny.i thought at first that I was having a stroke or leaking csf fluid from the surgical area inside my spinal cord.Freaked the heck out of me!!i was told by my physiatrist that it was from nerve damage.i didn't find out just what nerve damage was causing it until I was able to come home and actually do some research.

    The pupil is back to normal now,and I still have real slight drooping of my eyelid(was very pronounced before)that is really only noticable when i am really tired.i am having more problems with the main SNS damage than anything else.I also have damaged spinal tracts and many spinal nerves are damaged and causing many impairments,problems and pain syndromes.i would think that the droopyness ahould be completely gone,or close to it in just a matter of months.The horners syndrome itself I think is actually a pretty benign type of syndrome.No major problems that i have encountered or read about while doing the research on it.I really don't think you have to worry about it.I know,i don't.I have way too many other things that need my attention at this point.Good luck,Marcia
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    Old 09-11-2004, 07:42 AM   #3
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Thanks for the info, i guess I will just have to give some time, after all , i just had the surgery a week ago. The info was really good, and gives me some hope, Thanks

     
    Old 09-12-2004, 06:09 AM   #4
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    No problem.Hope everything heals well for you.Marcia

     
    Old 09-12-2004, 10:08 AM   #5
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Hi Marcia
    Thanks for your infos, you really had a lot of stuff going, sorry, hope you are doing ok. How long did it really took for you to notice an improvement with your droopy eye? I have noticed that over the last couple of days my eye is kind of teeter tater between droopy and almost ok, it also has affect my vision in my affected eye, I used to be a 20/15 and now I was tested 20/40 in that eye. One other thing makes me a bit nervous is the tingeling in my left arm seems to come back, not as bad as prior to the surgery. The one thing that is absolutely eliminated is the shooting pain into my armpitt and left arm, now I am dealing with a bit of stiffness which I still consider normal since my surgical area (front) is still numb and swollen. Martina

     
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    Old 09-18-2004, 10:53 AM   #6
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Anybodyelse out there with Horner's syndrome?? Write some infos please, Thanks

     
    Old 09-21-2004, 05:28 PM   #7
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Just an Up-date: Well, after two and half weeks of surgery my eye starts to improve and my vision is almost back to normal too, so there is big hope that within a few weeks my eyes will be back to normal, Thank heavens, It really freahad freaked me out big time, thanks for all the support I received on this issue, Thanks Martina

     
    Old 10-08-2004, 05:26 PM   #8
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    I am confused, after now 5 weeks my eye seems to be play games with me, I am very nervous about this, one day it seems the droopy eye is getting better and the next day it seems worse again, then I feel really bad, because I don't want to look like this, does anybody know if this is normal and ever get back to normal, or should I be concerned, I am seeing the eye specialist on 10/18 again. Martina

     
    Old 10-23-2004, 07:16 AM   #9
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Hello, just an update on my eye condition. I met with the eye doc this week and he says "things" are improving, my eye is getting at times less droopy and at others specially, when I am tired more droopy. The sweating in the affected side of my face has not returned yet, but the doc said give 3-4 month and it should be all back to normal, well I sure hope so. For all of you going to have surgery on your neck, keep in mind that this can happen (damage of the cervical nerve). I also ask the eye doc how often he sees this, and the anwser was: it is very rare and we see ONE case every 3 to 4 years, well I guess I was just the unlucky one Well my spirit is a bit better since I do noticed things are improving on the matter, even if it is at a snail's pace , Martina

     
    Old 11-02-2004, 12:06 PM   #10
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    I had acdf w/plating on c3-4 back in March. I woke up with my right eye less than half the normal size and very bloodshot. I didn't think much of it. But my hubby had a fit. I called the doc he said he did nothing that would affect the eye. hmmmm. I posted on this site and someone suggested horners. Although at the time I hadn't noticed the pupil being a different size. I do now. My eye looks alot better not real droopy just when I am tired pupils are still different sizes. But what bothers me most is when I eat... I sweat on the affected side. It can be something sweet, sour, bland it does not seem to matter. I am not usually a sweaty person. The ENT involved in the surgery did aknowledge it as horners but not the ortho. He said it may have a bruised or cut nerve. If is just bruised it should heal in time. this is my 2nd acdf.

     
    Old 11-02-2004, 01:08 PM   #11
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Thanks so much br80, you are the first with a real imput on the matter, so u had surgery in march and you are still having problems huh?? I had surgery 9/3 and ever since then I have the droopy eye, it is getting a bit better, but it still doesn't feel right, when I sweat I only sweat in the not affected side of my face, that is really weired, iam waiting for some sweat in the affected side , until then I have mixed feeling s if it ever goes back to normal., Thanks for the imput, Martina

     
    Old 11-28-2004, 07:02 PM   #12
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    Re: Horner's syndrome after cervical fusion

    Just an up-date on the rare condition, the eye is getting better, at times, good and bad days , not as droopy as it was in the beginning but really awfull in the morning, I wished I could find more info's on this condition of Horner's syndrome, still have anhidrosis (no sweating in the affected side) that part feels really strange (I guess I need only half a kleenex to whipe the sweat off). I am still praying that it will be back to normal one day, its a real downer since the acdf in September. So if anybody has some infos or experiences with this, please let me know, Thansk for letting me vent a little, Martina

     
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