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    Old 04-20-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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    Question ADCF C5/6 - Pain in neck still and X-ray results

    I had an ACDF C5/6 performed (plate and donor bone) in Sept. 2006, and my surgeon says the fusion looks like it is almost complete as of April. I am still having some pain in the back of my neck (mainly when I move my head), and he feels that it could be something with the facet joints. I don't have any tingling or numbness like before surgery. Has anyone else had this issue after ACDF or problem with their facet joints?

    Also, I got my x-ray report recently, and it says that "there is no motion of the spine at the fusion on the flexion/extension view. There is motion above the fusion. There is anterior disc space narrowing at C6-7 which is exaggerated in flexion." Could this stuff be causing my pain??


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    Old 04-20-2007, 09:16 AM   #2
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    Re: ADCF C5/6 - Pain in neck still and X-ray results

    its hard to say, it would be a good thing to bring up to your surgeon or neurologist.

    Old 04-20-2007, 03:59 PM   #3
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    Re: ADCF C5/6 - Pain in neck still and X-ray results

    Well, before my surgery I had facet joint injections, left and right. One of the reasons for my fusion (besides the degenerative disks) was that I had facet joint arthritis (and spurs) at C5-C7, where my fusion was. They told me that with the fusion, it would immobilize those facet joints because with fusion you cant move those levels anymore. So I dont understand how the pain could be coming from the facet joints at the level where you were fused?

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    Old 04-20-2007, 05:55 PM   #4
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    Re: ADCF C5/6 - Pain in neck still and X-ray results

    Also, I think where it says narrowing disc space - well, pain would depend on how much it were narrowed and what if anything it is compressing.


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