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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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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?

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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