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A recent MRI showed problems with my C-spine. I had a 2 level ACDF. There was much more damage than apparent on the MRI. How accurate are MRI's?

A recent MRI showed problems with my C-spine.  I had a 2 level ACDF. There was much more damage than apparent on the MRI. How accurate are MRI's?

MRI accuracy: MRI abnormalities need to be correlated with a medical complaint or diagnosis, there are millions of people with abnormal MRI and no complaints or symptoms, just never tested. Now would be a good time to consult a spine specialist to advise you. Second optnions are also very valuable. ...Read more

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Im a 53 yo female diagnosed with c-spine myelopathy. One surgeon is recommending ACDF and another is recommending laminaplasty. Which is best?

Im a 53 yo female diagnosed with c-spine myelopathy.  One surgeon is recommending ACDF and another is recommending laminaplasty.  Which is best?

Pros and cons: Both procedures are good for treating your primary problem by giving the spinal cord more room. The pros and cons differ. First the ACDF is a fusion and you will loose the movement at the fused disc level and is the most common procedure performed. The laminaplasty (or a simple laminectomy) will free the spinal cord without a fusion. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6 , had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6 , had acdf sugery in sept.  Why is there still swellinh?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. It still might be residual from what you had before surgery, there may be continued compression, or have been a surgical complication. Your surgeon would be the best to interpret the meaning of the study based upon your individual case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Should I get the acdf surgery done if I have 2 herniated disks cervical spine from c4 to c6 and c5-c6 is cimpressing on my spinal cord?

Should I get the acdf surgery done if I have 2 herniated disks cervical spine from c4 to c6 and c5-c6 is cimpressing on my spinal cord?

Comments: Neck surgery is a significant event, especially at age 25, and would strongly urge a second opinion, especially with a Neurosurgeon. If you do indeed have a spinal cord compression, this is a risky problem and needs more rapid intervention. The surgical technique may vary, but decompression is mandatory prior to cord damage. ...Read more

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What specific meditation or visualization programs do you recommend for self healing?#nqlu i'm specifically healing my cervical and lumbar spine injured in 2 car accidents. I have tried all the traditional medical protocols; acdf cervical fusion, epidural

What specific meditation or visualization programs do you recommend for self healing?#nqlu i'm specifically healing my cervical and lumbar spine injured in 2 car accidents. I have tried all the traditional medical protocols; acdf cervical fusion, epidural

No one best program: Meditation & visualization can promote healing & reduce pain. Consider brainwave biofeedback & tools like the insight cd: products.Mercola.Com/insight-focus/ there are many good visualization programs- try a few to see what resonates. Consider acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent, homeopathy, neural therapy, prolozone, see holistic doc re: herbs & nutrients to support healing, see comment:. ...Read more

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My upper back and shoulders still feel very stiff and hurt quite frequently even though i'm exercising after acdf surgery 5 months ago. Expected?

My upper back and shoulders still feel very stiff and hurt quite frequently even though i'm exercising after acdf surgery 5 months ago.  Expected?

See doctors again: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (acdf) is a surgery performed to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck spine. The website http://www.Mayfieldclinic.Com/pe-acdf.Htm has a full description of the procedure. It looks like one should be doing pretty well after a couple of months. One can return to the physiatrist, physical therapy, and the surgeon, to see what else can be done. ...Read more

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I had a acdf in march of this year, is it normal to still be experiencing neck and head pain? When i lay on my back i feel a lot of pressure on the back of my head, it feels as if someone is pushing up from the back side.

I had a acdf in march of this year, is it normal to still be experiencing neck and head pain? When i lay on my back i feel a lot of pressure on the back of my head, it feels as if someone is pushing up from the back side.

Post-op neck pain: You should definitely discuss the pain with your surgeon, especially if it is worsening. A small amount of pain might not mean anything, but progressive, severe pain might indicate loosening or unsuccessful fusion or even similar problems at another level. ...Read more

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C3 C4 disc herniation which approach better acdf or laminectomy from back of kneck-mri shows herniation which is better approach major ?

C3 C4 disc herniation which approach better acdf or laminectomy from back
of kneck-mri shows herniation
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ACDF: Acdf is an anterior approach and will involve the removal of the entire disc and take pressure off the nerve roots and spinal cord. The downside of the acdf at c3-4 is the higher incidence of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) afterward. The spinal cord and nerve roots can be decompressed from behind the neck as well - downside of that is that approach typically causes more neck pain. ...Read more

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Since having a two level acdf in october I am having low back pain. I have stenosis in the area. Could this flare up be the result of surgery?

Since having a two level acdf in october I am having low back pain. I have stenosis  in the area. Could this flare up be the result of surgery?

Back pain after surg: The symptoms are probably from less activity with the arthritis acting up. Try some easy core stretches and heat or ice. Medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) can affect your neck fusion so consult your surgeon before taking this class of drug. Discomfort will usually improve as your activity increases. ...Read more

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Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

All things are : Possible and the fact that you have ongoing neck pain needs to be evaluated to see if your fusion healed and if there are no adjacent level issues in the neck. The same process that caused your neck pain cold also be at work in your lower back. See your spine surgeon to have these issues evaluated. ...Read more

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Post acdf c5-6 c6-7 my conditions are cervical radiculopathy, intervt cerv disc d/o w/myelopathy cerv reg. Can it cause recurring severe back pain why?

Post acdf c5-6 c6-7 my conditions are cervical radiculopathy, intervt cerv disc d/o w/myelopathy cerv reg. Can it cause recurring severe back pain why?

Not likely: Cervical spine issues won't cause recurring severe low back pain. If the mid or low back is severe, you need to either go the er or be evaluated by a spine specialist. If you're evaluated by a spine surgeon (ortho spine or neurosurgeon) and they see nothing that can be done, frequently they mean nothing from a surgical perspective. Make sure you see an non-surgical spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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What is a deteriating spine?

What is a deteriating spine?

Arthritis: 95% of the time, this means you have every day wear and tear changes. This otherwise is the same as degenerative spinal arthritis or ddd or degenerative disk disease. These wear and tear changes are a normal part of the aging process. Doing general core exercises 15-20 minutes 3-5 days a week will slow the process. ...Read more

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Thign pain after spine fused?

Thigh pain: After fusion can be multifactorial. It can be due to nerve irritation along the front of the thigh, nerve irritation after decompression, hip flexor stretch, etc. Most often this settles down in a few weeks but you should bring it up with your surgeon to have them evaluate you. ...Read more

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How u fix a misaligned spine?

How u fix a misaligned spine?

Depends: the term your using is vague . Usually a chiropractor, osteopath or a physical therapist. NSAIDS,muscle relaxers ,injections,surgery,braces,etc . need more info . ...Read more

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Can texting mess up your spine?

Can texting mess up your spine?

Maybe if prolonged: If there's a major change in posture, in the long run there's also a risk for strain and pain. Prevention is best. Step one is to stop using the device so often and/or try a different one like a tablet. Next one could also consider yoga or physical/occupational therapy if primary care doctor approves. If there's a problem after stopping using the phone or tablet, then a physiatrist could be seen. ...Read more

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How did fluid form in my spine?

How did fluid form in my spine?

If you are talking : About the fluid removed on a spinal tap it is known as cerebral spinal fluid and it is constantly being formed in the brain by astructure known as the choroid plexus at a rate of about half a liter a day and is resorbed into the circulatory system. It turns over almost 4 times daily and it plays several roles or functions for the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Pain in my spine! who can help!?

Pain in my spine! who can help!?

Physiatrist: Could start off by seeing afamily doctor. I would then recommend you see a physiatry .If your pain persists and you've undergone conservative treatment i would see an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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