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Have had cervical fussion. MRI said bilateral ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Meaning?

Hello ,im a 45 year old female i a two level 6 months ago do to a very large disk bulge and spine was pinched off, i was told it had to be done right away or i would end up in a wheel chair!! now im having severe pain in all my joints and numbness with severe head aches . I can not even ride in a car for short trips and i feel off balance ,the pain is so bad i sometimes just cry ,between my shoulders , neck ,arms,hands are in so much pain, my leggs, hips and feet are bad as well . my mri showed disk degeneration at all levels,bilateral ligamentum flavum hypertrophy ,uncinate joint hypertrophy mildly norrowing the neural foramina , im in such pain i just dont know what to do my doctor has only seen me once since my surgery, do to he had the same surgery and cant get me in for a few months im on a waiting list
Asked On : Sat, 2 Jun 2012
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Dear friend, welcome to HCM.
the reports mean that your spine connecting the haed to the body (cervical spine) has a compression due to encreased thickness of the fibres connecting vertebrae together. this is putting pressure on the spinal nerves and hence the pain and suffereing. also there is wear and tear (degeneration )in the spine.
i think surgical correction as per a spine/ neurosurgeon's advice would be needed.
if waiting list is long and it is feasible, surgery in India is very economical and early with excellent medical services.
else pl. persuade your doc to hurry up.
that's what I can advise now.
take care and keep me posted on the progress.
Answered: Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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