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    Old 02-21-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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    New Problems years after C4 thru C7 Fusion

    I have had L5/S1 Fusion(1993) & C4/C7 Fusion(2006) and now I am having new problems with my right shoulder & arm and they tell me that C3/C4 is a problem. Has anyone else had issues that many years later? With what results?

     
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    Old 02-22-2015, 08:18 AM   #2
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    Re: New Problems years after C4 thru C7 Fusion

    Welcome to the board. Yes, it is very common to eventually need additional surgery, especially at an adjacent level to a previous fusion.

    The discs are composed of something like 90% "water" and, as we age, the discs begin to dry out. This begins a cascade of other degenerative changes that have the potential to cause pain and mechanical issues. This results in spinal arthritis and issues like facet arthropathy and stenosis.

    Some people are just more prone to having the spine show signs of aging faster than others. This, combined with lifestyle choices, eating choices, how one has used the back through the years, helps to determine how early the spine aging process begins...and the extent of the degerative process.

    One time when I was having an epidural steroid injection, it was the nurse's first day. As I was lying on the table waiting for the doctor to enter the room, we were chatting about it being her first day working around spine patients and she asked me "do patients ever have just ONE spine surgery?" I have been thinking about this ever since, and I have to admit, I cannot think of anyone!

     
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