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    Old 11-04-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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    foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Getting a little worried. I've been having increasing neck pain, started about 2.5 months ago while in therapy since the latest fusion (c-5/7 posterior), to repair the first one that failed. About a month ago I devoped sharp pain in my left shoulder area, they would try to rub it out in therapy, but it made it worse. I finally told them to please stop it wasnt helping. Now, i have fasiculations (sp) both arm, left side of ribcage, and left leg. And my foot is burning like hell, and to a lesser extent up the backside of my leg up to my butt.

    Any ideas?

    Is myelopathy progressive by nature? I've researched and cant find anything.

    The myelopathy did a number on my right leg and it really worries me about these problems with the left one.

    Mike

     
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    Old 11-04-2006, 03:01 PM   #2
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    sounds like you have a problem with your sciatic nerve? have you had your lower back checked for a herniated disc?

     
    Old 11-04-2006, 05:03 PM   #3
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Not yet, I've had the low back and leg pain since I blew out the disk's in my neck. I've been told all along that my back/leg probs are from the cervical cord compression.

    I just wondered if anyone else had something similar. I havent done anything to my knowledge to hurt my lower back. In fact, I do very little physically, other than therapy. And none of that is hard on my back.

    I just know my foots driving me nuts, and thats a short trip......

     
    Old 11-04-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    yeah i was pretty much told the same thing. they thought that my surgery would clear up everything. but then i started getting sciatic nerve pain and they say it may be due to a herniated disc. its been almost 2 weeks post op for me. and the bottom of my foot bothers me everyday. i also have weird sensations in my lower back, like something is poking me and its hypersensitive, it also hurts in the same area when i cough. the sciatic nerve runs down the back of your butt and down your leg and they say if you can feel it in your feet that its likely you have a herniated disc.

    how did you know that your first fusion didnt take? sometimes it feels like i can feel the bones moving in my neck when i turn a certain way. but dr says its not possible.

    i go back dec 1st to see if my acdf fused. i did have a metal plate also. at that time they will look into seeing if i have something wrong with my lower back.

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    Old 11-05-2006, 03:15 AM   #5
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Hi Loveshinesthrough,

    If your only 2 weeks post op I wouldnt be turnin my neck, period. I'm not a Dr, let alone your Dr, but you dont want to do this a second time.

    I was 2 or 2.5 months post op I think the first time around and I dont remember if the crunching pain in my neck, or the arm pain came first. A xray at about 4 months showed that 2 out of 3 levels had not yet fused, and my Dr told me to keep doing the therapy and give it time, it takes some people longer to fuse. It wasnt looked at again for over a year and a half, same symptoms the whole time, same complaints, same advise. I finally had an mri which showed that the fusion was bad at those 2 levels and that the screws in my hardware had backed out. The fusion itself looked like little chunks of gravel in the lowest level. Even with that my Dr wanted to give it more time, amazing. Long story short, I had a revision surgery, posterior fusion c-5,6,7 w/rods and screws. And what do you know, same symptoms in a similar time frame. Maybe I'm just seeing ghosts. The xrays look ok, kinda hard to tell with all that hardware in there, but theres obvious bone growth where the fusions had failed before. The loudest crunching in my neck feels like it at the lower part of the fusion. I've asked for a ct scan, or an mri and the new doc says we'll watch it a while longer. dejavu? I try not to think about it but it's hard not to when your staring at the ceiling at 2 am.

    All right, I'll get off my pity pot now.

    What did you have done?

    And take it easy, huh. You just had surgery. It's not a race.

    Take it slow....Mike

     
    Old 11-05-2006, 02:47 PM   #6
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Loveshinesthru, you mentioned something about if you could feel "it" in your foot than it is likely a herniated disk. I have been having lower back pain, stiffness, I get the stabbing pain in my butt cheek, but when its bothering me I notice that an area about the size of a quarter below my ankle will burn and my toes will tingle. I have had this problem since the birth of my son 10 years ago, my left leg hurt the next day after delivery more than the labor itself. I had a forceps delivery w/ epidural and it was bad!!! Now since then I have fallen a few times in our yard, it was muddy and we were planting grass and I slipped on the straw that was went while watering it , and then fell with my entire leg down in a hole and landed on my but. Went to the chiro, he adjusted me, and by the next day my lower back was burning and the tops of my legs, he told me to see a specialist, that he thought I had MS, fibromyalgia, or a brain stem tumor. NICE GUY, JERK!!!! I never had an lumbar MRI, but did find out recently that I have no curvature in my neck and a bulging disk at C-3. Could a cervical problem cause the problems in the legs? Thanks

     
    Old 11-05-2006, 02:58 PM   #7
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Mike - sorry to hear you are having problems

    I don't know much about siatica, but I'd tend to think you're still dealing with central spine problems as perviously you've discussed. I think its the old up and down syndrome.

    Wasn't the second surgery laminectomy? Are you expecting a fusion with that too? I didn't have disks removed so fusion isn't an issue for me.

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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    I'd also like to know if myelopathy is progressive - docs seem to imply no, but the thought scares me.

     
    Old 11-05-2006, 03:12 PM   #9
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    mike i had an acdf on the 24th. im sorry your going thru so much trouble. i hope this time around is better for you. my dr said i can turn my head but i do think he wants me to try to keep it straight for the most part. i was trying to relieve the pressure on my neck muscles by stretching them. the pain is getting less so i guess i can quit that. a week post op i got sick and threw up 3 times, let me tell you that wasnt much fun, but dr was not worried since i have a metal plate. i hope my screws dont back out! that is scary!

    jenny, i was told that my symptoms (all mine were lower) were caused from my c5-6 as i had spinal cord compression, degeneration and herniation. but right before i had my surgery i had new symptoms in my lower back and my sciatic nerve. so chiro and nuerosurgeon think i may have a herniated disc in my lower back. at first i had a hard time moving my legs, they felt weak and heavy. then my lower back started hurting. i had numbness and tingling also muslce twitches and jerking. after my lower back pain went away i was left with hypersensitivity and a feeling of something pressing into my back no matter where i sat. and if i wasnt up against something then i felt pressure there. if i cough it hurts there. a week before my surgery my sciatic nerve started acting up. it started in my butt and then went down my leg, sometimes in my ankle and my foot. i wont know til december if i have a problem with my lower back. but i prob have a herniated disc. i would see someone if i were you. get a full mri of your spine. i thought i had ms too so the mri i got was only upper. thats how they found the cervical problem. i really wish i wouldve gotten a full mri as its driving me crazy not knowing. good luck. hope i helped.

     
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    loveshinethru, thanks so much. I am going to push for a lumbar MRI, maybe even try to get a thoracic also. Did you have a brain MRI also? You said that you thought you had MS, I hope I don't, but being these things are irritated with certain movements, I think its a disk problem or maybe muscular, I dunno. Thats funny you said about the hypersensitivity, my weird feeligs in my legs are aggravated by clothing that is to tight, without clothing, its fine, this just started after I fell in that stupid hole in our yard. I think that the chiro got it started myself, I think he did more harm than good. Thanks again!!!!

     
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    yes i had a brain mri, only one lesion and it was there 3 years ago too. im not sure what to tell you about the chiro.

     
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Myelopathy is affecting your actual spinal cord itself not like with just having some sort of disc or nerve problem.depending on just what is caused the damage to the cord would determine whther or not it could be progressive.i have it too but mine is spinal cord damage due to surgey done in the actual cord itself.you could have(like me) actual spinal tract damage which would account for your symptoms.it all depends on just what exactly has been affected within the cord.

    Just do some reasearch on spinal tracts and take a read thru on just what tract governs what area.you may be able to actually tell whcih tract or tracts were damaged.i did this and found out(which was later confirmed by my NS) that i had three trcts that were damaged during my surgery which in turn are causeing a host of neuro problems and secondary spinal cord injury syndromes.its so much fun in there now.just try looking and see what you come up with a far as comparative symptoms and possible tract involvement.Marcia
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    Hi Marcia,

    I will do the research, but I just wanted to cheat a little first and get some imput. Whether or not it's progressive I suppose would depend on the extent of the damage and I'm sure other factors.

    Mine was from herniation/compression at 3 levels and according to my first surgeon, definitly affected spinal tracts. My right leg took the brunt of it and has shown very little improvement (an obvious sign) as well as slow urination (which by the way, i didnt realize I had until I quit doing therapy for a while), also problems in both arms and hands.

    To compare our "conditions" is apples and oranges, your's is much more serious, I was just curious about the symptoms. Mine are pretty ***arre sometimes.

    Thanks for responding. I'll get to work.

    Mike

     
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

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    Mike - sorry to hear you are having problems

    I don't know much about siatica, but I'd tend to think you're still dealing with central spine problems as perviously you've discussed. I think its the old up and down syndrome.

    Wasn't the second surgery laminectomy? Are you expecting a fusion with that too? I didn't have disks removed so fusion isn't an issue for me.

    -Gloria
    Hi Gloria,

    I was thinking the same thing (up and down).
    The second surgery was what the Dr called a
    "simple" posterior fusion. 2 rods, 6 screws, my hipbone, covering 3 vertabrea. Looks really cool on the xrays!

    Mike

     
    Old 11-06-2006, 08:42 AM   #15
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    Re: foot burning post 2 neck fusions for myelopathy?

    loveshinesthrough,

    I really shouldnt be giving advise, just concerned, ya know??

    And I didnt mean to scare you about the screws coming out.

    I was also checked for MS. When the Dr saw my fasiculations he said right away it might be MS. That MRI cost me I think 1400.00 out of pocket.

    Mike

     
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