Post ACDF frustration
I had C6-7 ACDF 12/06. Immediate relieve in mechanical problems with hands but waited too long and never got rid of pain and spasms. Anyway lots of trouble swallowing 1 year post - My NS did CT scan in office told me I was fused and we could take the plate out. OK relief of swallowing problems. 6 months ago developed numbness tingling and electrical shock feeling in both hands whenever I take a deep breath or exercise.
New NS looked at MRI - I can't see any signs of fusion - you may not be stable. WTF how can that be? another CT and flexion and extension x-ray which revealed no problems. Found a wisp of fusion on CT. Is it enough I say. I don't know never had anyone with plate removed. WHATTTTTTTT
Next specialist - you are definitely not fused but don't worry til symptoms get worse WHATTTTTTTT
Oh do exercise 3 times a week he says.
Next specialist - says I'm in transition to adjacent discs starting to cause problems. Maybe fused but don't worry. WHATTTTTTT
I give up - not working - taking care of my body pain etc full time job. Do you need to be fused or not??
Also why did he remove the plate if not obviously fused