Hello. I have been following this and other boards, and wanted to tell my story and success. I'm a 50 YO man, pretty active with young kids (12/9). Probably 3 weeks before Thanksgiving of 2008, I started having a combination of pains. Annoying pain. My hands has stinging and tingly sensations...mostly my left hand. And, my right arm was becoming severely weak. After a week, I got some information about Therapists to treat me and chose the Mayfield Clinic here in Cincinnati. I first went to a Physical Therapest in the practice. After a number of tests in the office and listening to what I had, he sent me on to get an MRI and a variety of other tests. Based on the MRI, I was moved to a Neurosurgeon quickly.
I was diagnosed with severe cervical stenosis. 2nd opinion confirmed it.In my case, there were issues at C3/C4 (worst), C4/5 and C5/6 (least worse). The fear was without surgery, the arm would get worse and I could lose the use of it over time. The idea was to do a 3 level fusion, a very difficult operation. It was so severe, we decided to do the surgery December 16. about 1.5 hours of trying to get me intubated, that was done, but with the potential of significant trauma to my throat, the surgeon aborted surgery. Sent me to his ENT. I also went to a sleep clinic. Seems I have redeveloped sleep apnea, even though I had surgery in 1991 to fix it. Also was discovered I have an omega shaped epiligotis versus a normal V shaped. He suggested we intubate by nose and surgery should go well. This just did not show up in the MRI or the various x-rays they did.
My surgeon, now with a bunch of added new data, suggested we only do the C3/4. My arm had been getting better, as was the tingling, so we got some "divine intervention" for the Xmas holidays. He said we'd go through the neck, fix this level, see how it does, and if we have to fix the rest, he could do it through my back. Surgery was January 16.
Pain afterwards for a few days. Had good pain meds though. Going back Friday for the 6 week look. All seems to be good. Tingling is gone. Arm is strong.
After reading some of the terrible issues folks have had with doctors, I caonsider myself lucky to have had such a good surgeon. He ran into a problem, and decided to stop the show until he got more info. He put a real good team together for my surgery. I'm blessed.
No, I'll start thinking about when to do the rest of this surgery!