1 yr post ACDF C 3-4 and 4-5 still with swallowing issues
Hello to all
I have had 3 total cerv surg., one 20 yrs ago 6-7, one 10 yrs ago 5-6, one one yr ago C 3-4 and 4-5. One of the areas of last surg fused and one didn't. Area of spinal cord with signal abnormalities prior to surg., after surg pain was greater. MRI then showed myelomalacia at 4-5 (softening of the spinal cord) The last surg. the doc removed one small plate and replaced it with a bigger one from C 3 through C 7.
Swallowing issues (getting food caught in throat just at level of scar) this was only supposed to last a few weeks. Here I am a yr later. Had EGD scoped throat and all was normal. Now they advised me to have video swallow. Has anyone else ever had this or heard of this? I can't find a soul that has.
Now my spinal cord is being "mildly flattened" at one of the levels. I am assuming its either from the area graft not taken (cadaver bone) or there are still many areas of hooking osteophytes surrounding. The dr. said that after a while he'd need to go in through the back and do a "french door" style surg. to open all areas to make room for my cord. I have so many issues I really don't know where to start.
Please anyone - ever heard of this?
Any advice would be so helpful.