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Doctor insights on: Exercises For The Upper Back Neck After C5 And C6 Fusion Surgery

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The pain in the shoulder and upper back might be a refer pain.
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine surgeon...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...Read more


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Will it help to get massage of neck 6w after spinal surgery on c5/6& c6/7 if shoulders sore & inflamed. General recovery great otherwise..

Will it help to get massage of neck 6w after spinal surgery on c5/6& c6/7 if shoulders sore & inflamed. General recovery great otherwise..

Check with your doc: Check with your doctor. There are many variables and typically massage would not be a problem, but because there are so many variables you should check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain, you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

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C5-6, C6-7 spondylosis, bone spur. Conservative treatments for 2 years. No relief. Daily neck n shoulder pain. No weakness. Surgery only option?

C5-6, C6-7 spondylosis, bone spur. Conservative treatments for 2 years. No relief. Daily neck n shoulder pain. No weakness. Surgery only option?

Neck pain: Before surgery you can try pain management treatments such as epidural steroid injection's or facet injections. If these don't help and you're still in a lot of pain surgery is a very good option which can solve the problem permanently. ...Read more

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I had ACDF surgery Nov 29 C5 C6. However I still have severe pAin in my right scapula area anytime I walk or stand for any length of time. I had MRI of neck and neuro said everything looks fine. Any thoughts? Morphine doesn't even help.

I had ACDF surgery Nov 29 C5 C6. However I still have severe pAin in my right scapula area anytime I walk or stand for any length of time. I had MRI of neck and neuro said everything looks fine. Any thoughts? Morphine doesn't even help.

May be unrelated: Your fusion should be stable now. The shoulder blade pain could be a problem with a different level, or more likely a simple scapular deconditioning strain pain. Go to the Physical Therapist for some specific shoulder strengthening and flexibility exercises to get more comfort and function with your everyday activities. ...Read more

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Are these symptoms normal after having fusion done in my neck back in march (c5-c6), burning, pinching, and numbness in left arm?

Are these symptoms normal after having fusion done in my neck back in march (c5-c6), burning, pinching, and numbness in left arm?

Can be: If there was significant neural compromise prior to the fusion, then the ongoing radicular symtpoms may be slow to resolve. If these are new complaints, then the possibility of a nonunion of the fusion or adjacent segment abnormalities needs to be considered. This would require re-evaluation with the surgeon that performed your surgery. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Worsened Scar: Ultraviolet light can cause your scar to appear more red than it would have, then if you had protected it. You should protect it from the sun and UV exposure for at least a year. If the appearance doesn't bother you. The sun beds will not effect the fusion itself. ...Read more

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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Maybe: A theoretical advantage of artificial disk replacement is reduction in risk of other disks degenerating. Fusion is associated with this problem, but it is only one factor. Disk replacements in the neck do well, but may not always prevent disk problems at other levels. Ongoing research looking at long term outcomes are needed to answer this question. Early results are promising. ...Read more

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Does having herniation in C5 4mm and disc deteration in c456&7&7 mean surgery I also have deteration in my lumbar of and a 6/8 mm cyst in neck?

Does having herniation in C5 4mm and disc deteration in c456&7&7 mean surgery I also have deteration in my lumbar of and a 6/8 mm cyst in neck?

Disc disease: Just because you have an MRI that shows disc disease and herniation does not mean surgery. Surgery is determined by a multitude of factors and only one is the MRI - others include your symptoms and the exam and other tests if indicated. Surgery should always be the last option. ...Read more

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I have had a cervical fusion on C4 C5 and C6. I woke up this morning lying on my right side and my left arm was numb is this more neck issues?

I have had a cervical fusion on C4 C5 and C6. I woke up this morning lying on my right side and my left arm was numb is this more neck issues?

Not necessariy: May be due to posture while asleep affecting more peripheral nerves in arm, such as carpal tunnel issues, or ulnar at elbow. May be only a transient event, but contact your doctor if recurrent. ...Read more

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I have a posteolateral cervical hernia C5 C6. My back neck hurts but my arm is ok. Is it possible to get healed naturally or hernia never gets cured?

I have a posteolateral cervical hernia C5 C6. My back neck hurts but my arm is ok. Is it possible to get healed naturally or hernia never gets cured?

Ask your doc...: No one can say yes for sure to your question. To get a reasonable pertinent answer, asking your attending doc, preferably the one considering surgical intervention would be the best bet to acquire an answer since s/he knows more about you than anyone online. To help how to work with doc, peruse articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Best wish to health.... ...Read more

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What does "mri neck spine w/o dye" image or cover? Does above image or look for c5/c6 disc herniation? If it does, is MRI dye used for better accuracy?

What does "mri neck spine w/o dye" image or cover? Does above image or look for c5/c6 disc herniation? If it does, is MRI dye used for better accuracy?

MRI: Mri of the neck/cervical spine examines the entire cervical spine and will detect abnormalities at c5-c6. Contrast is used to detect infection, tumor or prior cervical spine surgery, but is no more accurate for a bulging disc. ...Read more

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My spine has straight alignment C6/C5 disc space is narrowed. .. The subarticular surface between them has some bone sclerosis more of C5 which neck support should I use?

My spine has straight alignment C6/C5 disc space is narrowed. .. The subarticular surface between them has some bone sclerosis more of C5 which neck support should I use?

Symptoms??: There are no perfect neck supports. Wearing neck collars weakens the neck muscles so they should only be worn as a last resort to diminish neck muscle spasms and removed after 1-2 weeks to prevent atrophy of the muscles. You should see you doctor and determine if you would benefit from PT to strengthen those neck muscles. Much depends on symptoms sine we don't treat XRays or MRI scans ...Read more

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Arthritus. Boney growths everywhere. Pain and weakness in neck, upper back and right arm. Emg shows nerve damage at C5 (already stenosis). What now?

Need MRI of neck: You need an MRI of your neck to locate the area of spinal stenosis. You should go see an orthopedic spine surgeon after the MRI and will likely need epidural steroid injections in your cervical spine. If the injections do not work, likely you would need cervical neck surgery. ...Read more

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Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Yes and No: A bulging disk is an anatomical term. If the disk is compressing the spinal cord or nerve roots it can cause pain, neurologic symptoms including balance impairments. If the disk is bulging and not compressing any neural elements it can cause pain but usually no neuro symptoms. An expert neuro exam and carefull review of the images will need to be conducted by your dr. To determine the relevance. ...Read more

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I have right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

I have right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

Your pain: Is in the "pattern" or distribution of the C6-C7 nerves exiting at that level HOWEVER disc "BULGES" are NORMAL findings!!!!! Look to another reason for your should blade pain. Eg: SUBSCAPULARIS strain/sprain (the muscle UNDER the shoulder blade which helps your shoulder move.
Hope this is helpful!
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I have had two neck surgeries in 3 years - fusion c4-5, artificial joint (c2-3) and and cage/hip graft c5-6. Last 24 hours, severe quad twitch/spasm?

I have had two neck surgeries in 3 years - fusion c4-5, artificial joint (c2-3) and and cage/hip graft c5-6. Last 24 hours, severe quad twitch/spasm?

Hard to say: Multiple potential causes of pain and spasm in your "quad". Presumably you mean in your quadriceps, which is in your leg? Usually would be related to the area itself, or a referred or radicular pain which could potentially be related to the back. As high as 20 percent of patients with neck problems can develop similar problems in the back. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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8 weeks post op after a C5 C6 fusion is chocking and feeling like there is a lump in your throat normal?

8 weeks post op after a C5 C6 fusion is chocking and feeling like there is a lump in your throat normal?

Please see below: Many times, cervical fusion are performed via anterior neck approach, short term swallowing problem and choking are common. See an ENT doctor for laryngeal examination to r/o vocal cord weakness. ...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?

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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Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @ (c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @ (c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Need second opinion: Not sure what you mean? Is he recommending surgery for this with no symptoms? Maybe he sees something of danger that could happen like an aneurysm ready to blow, [not there just example] so if so get another neurosurgeons opinion before going forth. Never smoke, that kills you and ability to heal ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's slight narrowing of c5-c6 intervertebral disc in cervical-spine xray result?

Mild arthritis: What u describe is mild arthritis, the key issue is if u have any radicular symptoms that is to say...Numbness in your hand or weakness then it needs to be checked. ...Read more

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I had MRI cervical spine w&w/o contrast. Impression says: c6-7 protrusion & spondylosis w/mild left neural foraminal compromise & c5-6. Pls explain?

I had MRI cervical spine w&w/o contrast. Impression says: c6-7 protrusion & spondylosis w/mild left neural foraminal compromise & c5-6. Pls explain?

Cervical Spine MRI: The findings identify degeneration of the discs in the cervical spine causing compression of two hole in your spine (c5-6, c6-7). If you are having left arm pain, this may be the cause. Otherwise the findings are a normal progression of spinal wear and tear of a 56 yo spine. Please review the findings with the physician who ordered the MRI or a surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. ...Read more

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If you had dengreative a and told you needed neck surgery would you do surgery when MRI says siginifit nerve imperment on C5 and wants to fuse it?

If you had dengreative a and told you needed neck surgery would you do surgery when MRI says siginifit nerve imperment on C5 and wants to fuse it?

Need more info: Unfortunately, I cannot really state with certainty about whether you need surgery. As I mention to patient, I never decide on the basis of imaging alone, need information about your history and neurological examination. ...Read more

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Myelogram shows mild R foramial stenosis at C5-6 & moderately severe B foraminal Stenosis at C6-7.Will this require surgery?

Myelogram shows mild R foramial stenosis at C5-6 & moderately severe B foraminal Stenosis at C6-7.Will this require surgery?

Depends on factors: As a neurologist I don't usually recommend surgical remediation of problems such as what you have UNLESS the patient is experiencing weakness in muscles of the upper extremities or so much pain that they literally cannot function anymore. Of course, they've been through all the conservative stages without success. If you'd like to talk more: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more