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C5 C6 Vertebrae
Dorsal foraminotomy: If c5/6 have been fused already, this was done from the front. If there is residual pressure on the c6 nerve root (the bone spur you refer to), this can be addressed from the back of the neck. Usually, using microscope or endoscope through a small access tube, the facet joint overlying the nerve root is identified. Then, a small opening is made to identify and decompress the nerve root. ...Read more
Xray shows small bony fragments on inferior of anterior C5 n C6 vertebrae. Could this cause pain in arm n hands.What does it mean?
Can my son play football if he has congenital fusion of c5-c6 and partial fusion of c2-c3 vertebral bodies? He has been playing for 7 years w/no issue
Anatomy not a cause: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
See below: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. As we age we lose the fluid in our discs which makes them more susceptible wearing out. As pressure is applied to these discs they start to bulge a little. While you may have pain from the disc there are other potential causes including pain from the neck muscles, joints, or ligaments. ...Read more
Radiographically: If xrays or CT show good bone fomration and do not move on flexion and extension films, you are fused. If there is poor bone formation and/or movement on flexion and extension you are not fused. If you have no pain even without fusion which is possible then you do not need surgery for an unsuccessful fusion. You should consider revision sugary with unsuccessful fusion only if you have pain. ...Read more
Husband wore kevlar helmet for 22 years being infantry could this cause issues with C4 C5 c6? Along with his many back issues?
C6 Nerve: A c5/6 issue will usually involve the c6 nerve causing a radiculitis/radiculopathy ("pinched nerve"). This will normally give you tinging and numbness on your front of upper arm into forearm and to thumb and index finger. Weakness can be seen in the extensor of your wrist, muscle that rotate your hand down, your flexor of the arm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a neurosurgeon: Usually this is caused by an old or active injury to the spinal cord. Most common cause is from a disc herniation/bulge. Subtle signs of spinal cord compression are fine motor skill problems of the hands such as difficulty with buttoning buttons and also mild difficulty with walking. You should go see a neurosurgeon to help decide if there is active compression. ...Read more
The neck is angry @: -the insult both from before the surg from pain & now insulted again by the surg. Its response from these,more so the fusion is also pain & the neck tries 2 stabilize itself by muscle tightening or spasms. The trapezius is a large posterior stabilizer that has large attachments to the scapula & hence the pain. Also pain is referred from those levels 2 that area. Google trapezius & see. ...Read more
Wear & tear on my c5&c6 was found. Would that cause pain or numbness in my shoulders or headache?
Can't answer for you: While cervical disc problems can cause headaches, especially in the back of your head and radiation o pain to shoulder can occur , the specific answer identifying the cause of your pain requires an evaluation by a specialist, a neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon needs to examine you to determine what causes your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How many months should I wait to go skiing? Post corpectomy w//peek fusion and titanium plate in c5\c6.
I just had a C5/C6 and C6/C7 fusion 5 days ago. Will it be safe for me to lay in sun beds 2 weeks after this surgery?
How common is the "domino effect" after a c5-c6 c6-c7 fusion to address radiating pain/weakness due to disc/spur compression?
Disc loading: I do not use terms, "domino effect." The fact is having two levels fused in your neck definitely means adjacent levels are being overworked and have a significant chance of being injured resulting in bulges/herniations. If you gave récent l'y hard fusion as above, try to minimize neck flexion. If you have recurrent neck/arm pain since above fusion--problems. I might be able to help you. ...Read more