scorpio-girl on the first time when I had the myelogram I had a massive herniated disk with free floating fragments in my spinal canal at C6/7 My main complaint was pain in my arms like when you hit your Crazy bone (elbow) really hard. I had it in both arms and hands and it would not go away, also some swallowing difficulties. But no balance problems or gait problems. That was in 1985, and they did a ACDF ( Anterior Cervical Deskectomy and Fusion) Then in 2009 I started having similar arm pain in my left arm and the disk above it went bad and I had another ACDF at C5/6 Then in 2010 I had to have another fusion this time it was the articular joints in the back of my neck at C3/4 went bad and they fused them together and put rods and pins in it. the main symptoms I had with that was really bad pain in the upper neck and the lower back or my head.
When I had my other myelogram it was in 1999 I was diagnosed with a herniated disk at T12 and it was causing me severe lower mid back pain and pain in my waist area, they would not do surgery.( the hardly every do surgery on thorasic disk because it is so dangerous) so it ended my nursing career and I was put on disability and treated for chronic pain. I am now looking forward to more surgery at L3/4 I am being sceduled to see a surgeon as I write.
scorio-girl I do have problems with my gait and balance and I use a cain, some doctors say they think I might have MS but others say it is all because of my spinal problems. I have also lost some strength in my arms and my legs and I can not position my arms in certain positions, (example I can not hold my arms out straight and put my palms up????)
Have you had an MRI of your neck?what makes them think that it is a compressed nerve in your neck? unless they think it is the upper neck regions? I will be interested to hear what they find, If you are having problems with your neck please be careful! Especially if it is affecting you balance and gait, as you might be prone to falling and that sure would not be good if the problem is in your cervical spine! So untill you find out what is really going on, Please Please Please be carefull!
When is your myelogram scheduled??
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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