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Cervical disc repacement - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I have recently undergone cervical disc replacement @ c:4-5
Post surgery, for about a month I felt pretty good, but slowly my health seems to deteriorate. Issues that are bothering me are: Dizziness, fainting and drop outs, continues sever pain in my shoulder blades, sever pain in my left arm pit, strong pain in my left breast, numbness and pinning sensation in my right leg and hip, lower jaw quite painful most of the time, trying to walk more than 0.5m makes me feel I am actually floating and cant keep firm steps though I don't fall. Any help / advice would be much appreciated.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
User :   Hello Doctor
Doctor :   Pls. give me few secs. to go throgh your query.
User :   sure, thank you
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I have gone through.
User :   ok
Doctor :   May I now your age and gender please ?
User :   I am 30 and female
Doctor :   May I know where you had the surgery done ?
User :   India
Doctor :   And when exactly ?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Bangalore, Dec 17 2010
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Have you been having these symptoms form January 2011?
User :   bo, its some where about end Jan or early feb
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   As you know that there are advantages and dis advantages of any spinal surgery, and it can go wrong in one case and work out wonderfully in others.
User :   ok
Doctor :   May I know if there was any spinal fluid leak, as it can cause lot of pain ?
User :   no
Doctor :   k That is good
User :   I was told that the nerve was pretty badly injured
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Was it a laminoplasty or laminectomy surgery ?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
User :   I am not sure, I was not told anything about that
Doctor :   Ok, Please follow the followig steps : User :   ok
Doctor :   1. Please get info abt previous surgery.Procedure and what they did for any cosmetic help.
Doctor :   .I am sorry for spinal help any laminal help
Doctor :   2. And a x-ray cervical spine for any other osteophytes , impinging on other nerves,
User :   Discectomy and disc replacement
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   x-ray did not show up any other osteophytes
Doctor :   Ok.
3.Please adopt a more physio help and yoga and choropractors help.
User :   neighter MRI
Doctor :   And see if they can help in a month's time
Doctor :   Ok
User :   ok
User :   tell me one more thing
Doctor :   Yes please
User :   I heard / read that chronic nerve damage might be hard to rectify ? is it so
Doctor :   Di you have any spinal stenosis before surgery or any hernaited disc before the surgery >
User :   that too after having a surgery to release the nerve
Doctor :   Yes an axonal injury during surgery is very difficult to get better
User :   yes
Doctor :   you might have to take palliative medicine and physio and yoga
User :   it was Cervical 4- cervical 5 disc
Doctor :   Who Should Not Consider This Procedure?
Patients who have neck pain or arm/hand pain not caused by a herniated disc
Patients who have severe spinal stenosis (build-up of bone in the spinal canal)
Patients with herniated disc and mild stenosis are still appropriate candidates for the procedure.
Doctor :   did he do a check of these things before the surgery.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   take care'
Doctor :   bye for onow
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