I am 61yo and became a cyclist after two hip replacements ended my running career. Aside from tingling hands while cycling I had no symptoms until May 2019. Out of the blue my left trapezius started spasming and it told me to go doctor now!
Eventually that led to an MRI which showed foraminal stenosis C4-C6. I had ACDF surgery 8/13/19. In May 2020 I began to have neck pain, shooting pain from my shoulders down to my forearms, helmet headaches and muscle weakness.
This all started 2-weeks before my 9-mo post ACDF checkup. I made a list of symptoms to present to my OS. He thought it might be my shoulders but ordered a cervical MRI to rule out my spine.
Well, it was my spine. He used non-medical language and said my nerve root C3-C4 was being 'Crushed ' especially on the right side. However, the left side also had foraminal stenosis.
I am scheduled for another ACDF + Revision on 6/29. The revision has to do with attaching a new multilevel plate.
The OS said he was astonished my adjacent segment deteriorated so rapidly.
Has something like this happened to anyone else?
Disclaimer: I was a runner, a cross country and downhill skier and thoroughly abused my body when I was younger. I have lots of osteoarthritis.