surgery for cervical myelopathy

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scorpio-girl
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   Posted 5/9/2012 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having a cervical myelogram Friday to get a detailed look at my spine. Cervical myelopathy is suspected for which surgery is the only answer so I'm told. This may or may not improve the situation. I had major neck surgery in 2009 and this problem may be recurrent. Because of hardware in my neck previously, an MRI does not pick up the spine area in the neck clearly so that is why the myelogram.

My question is have any of you had surgery for this cervical problem, and if so, I'd like to hear about it and whether or not it really helped you? I am a 62 year old female and relatively good health except for autoimmune hepatitis.

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   Posted 5/10/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
scprpio-girl here is a link to a web site about cervical myelopathy http://www.columbianeurosurgery.org/conditions/cervical-myelopathy/
 I had this on my first fusion at C6/7 when they did the myelogram they found that the disk was pressing into my spinal cord so bad that the spinal cord was like a horizontal U shape the surgeon could not understand why I wasn't a quadriplegic, all I felt was severe burning pain in both my forearms and hands, and swallowing difficulties when I sneezed or got bumped!  The disk was so badly herniated that it broke apart and there was free floating fragements in my spinal canal!  When they did the myelogram I was at Elemdorf AFB in Alaska, with the myelogram they thought I had a massive tumor pressing on my spinal cord, they rushed me to down town Anchorage, with the dye still in me and put me in an MRI that is when they found out what was really wrong with me. They kept me in the civilian hospital and the neurosurgeon there did emergency surgery on me! As they were afraid to move me down to the states for surgery. They said any fall or rough movement could sever my spinal cord! I had been that way for over 3 months before they finally found out what was wrong! One Army Orthopedic surgeon accused me of malingering and sent me to a psych and said it was all in my head, they did psych testing on me and said it was not in my "head" and sent me back to the doctors! It was three months of torture before they finally found out the problem and did surgery. After the surgery my hands were numb and my head was numb and I had no voice at all. The numbness went away in a few days, but it took over three months before my voice came back!
 
Please keep us posted on how your myelogram comes out! I do wish you well and hope things work out well for you!
 
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