Help!! C5 C6 discectomy and fusion NOW SEVERE PAIN!!

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   Posted 3/12/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
shakehead   I went to the doctor today because I had a c5 c6 discetomy with a anterior fusion a year and a half ago. For the past  couple of months Ihave been experiencing severe headaches and pain. The did a regular xray and this is what the report says:
Normal alignment and stable hardware at the cervicle spine fusion site. However there is a thin lucency through the graft site, with sclerotic margins, concerning for incomplete fusion.
Anybody understand what this is saying?? The doc said he will call me when he gets these results, but I have heard nothing as of yet.  I am not on any pain meds and it feels like my head is too heavy for my neck to hold it up.

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   Posted 4/8/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear daylont,
Having had 4 cervical surgeries I can relate to your feeling that your head feels too heavy to hold up. I know that the report from the radiologist doesn't sound good but what they see versus what the neurosurgeon sees can be worlds apart. I will say a prayer for you. I know that this is all so scary. I don't think that after you have cervicals surgery that your neck ever feels as strong. I've had 2 plates put in and I still have terrible headaches and the feeling that my head is just too heavy to hold up and I have to lay down. Please keep us posted on what your neuosurgeon says. Good luck.
Degenerative disc disease,osteoarthritis, status post 4 cervical spinal surgeries with plate insertions and fusion, Lupus, Sjogren's Disease, Fibromyalgia, chronic heacaches and chronic pain.

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