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Re: C7 injury

Re: C7 injury

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Posted by Scott Cohen on February 24, 2000 at 10:36:12:

In Reply to: Re: C7 injury posted by joyee hedleston on February 23, 2000 at 23:25:08:

: I have c6 & c7 injury and am currently seeking medicl treatment. I had surgery in 1987 for the first time. Only the worst one was fused. you know bone taken from the hip and fused into the spinal column. I wonder if a better method of surgery has been developed since then? It took me 5 years to get over that surgery and I said they would have to catch me before I'd ever let them do that to me again!!! But you will do anything when you are in so much pain! I have no feeling in my right arm and hand. My job is accounting and I use the computer all the time, with considerable pain. Any advise or info you have would be welcome. I look forward to hearing from you. : would like to converse with other people with this type inj i hve all limbs working somewhat but lots of pain in arms ,hands and butt 2yrs postop

Hello Joyee - my name is Scott and I live in Maryland. As a result of rear end MVA on 9/9/97 I needed spinal cord surgery. Had C5/6/7 pressing on spinal cord and spent a week in Hospital. Like you, graft taken from left hip and both surgeons (Orth and Neuro) told me this would be the most painful part of my recovery. They were right!!! Unbelievable pain in hip for about 2 months post-surgery. Titanium plate and 6 screws needed for fusing. Spent one year in malibu brace (wrapped around my waist up to neck) and had to wear it 18 hours a day and also sleep in hospital bed. Still have problems with legs as they lose all muscle tone and feel like rubber bands; so I use walking cane. Have very limited ROM on left side of neck but right is almost all better. Do get numbness down left arm every once in a while. I go to PT once/week but used to go 3 times/week for one year. Also needed laminectomy (L5/S1) massive nerve compression and my back is O.K. right now. Please respond so we can share thoughts about future surgery for you but definitely get a second opinion. I am very lucky that I was not paralyzed; this would have happened if I didn't have the surgery in 97. Take care of yourself. Scott in Maryland.

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