I'm a fairly new SCI. I was diagnosed with cervical meylopathy on stenosis on my C5,C6,C7 area and had a laminectomy decompression surgery 8 months ago.
1,5 month later my surgeon ordered a check up MRI and said the surgery went wel. 3,5 months after that MRI I had another check up to see how the white area/bruising on my spinal cord would develop. My surgeon thought it would remain the same or maybe got a little smaller, but the MRI showed an increase of white area on my C7.
My surgeon said it was probably still my spinal cord developing because of the decompression surgery but did want to do some tests. So they tested the stability of my spine with a CT scan with my head in different positions. And besides that I got another MRI with contrast liquid.
My surgeon and a radiologist said they couldn't find a reason why the white area got bigger so he was sticking to his conclusion that it was my spinal cord still being affected by the decompression surgery. He did say that my spinal canal was still really narrow around my C7 but that he could see some spinal fluid on the left side of the cord. It wasn't much but he said the cord wasn't being pinched.
Since my surgeon wasn't 100% sure he did send my case and MRI to another surgeon in a different hospital who basically said the same thing. That my complaints come from the decompression and that it lasts for a year.
So here is my concern. Lately I've been experiencing pins and needles in the palm of my left hand and sometimes get numb fingers. And my right arm/hand is giving me trouble since last week. I experience more trouble typing on a computer, the hand gets shaky when i do something like put my contacts in, it's harder to move my hand up through the wrist. Also I experience spasms in my triceps from time to time.
When I talk to my surgeon about these problems he says that it's just part of the first year and that it's normal that i feel these changes but that they will disappear again to the best situation I've had after my surgery.
So do I just ignore these things and just go with what my surgeon says that it's normal to experience these things in the first year? I can understand the pins and needles, but the neurological trouble with my arm is kind off worrying me.
Thanks for reading!