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PLEASE HELP! Anyone have proof of a CT scan/MRI misdiagnosis of nerve compression in cervical spine?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 19, 2014
  • 07:03 PM

My last CT Scan done on 3.13.14 states:
"C5-6_Again noted are postsurgical changes related to prior anterior spinal fusion. There is persistent lucency seen throught the entire C5-6 disc level along with irregularity of the endplate consistent with nonunion. There is broad-based posterior spur. The AP diameter of the canal is reduced to 7mm, consistent with moderate spinal stenosis. There is bilateral uncovertebral hypertrophy, unchanged compared to prior exam with moderate-to severe right and moderate left neural foraminal narrowing."
I had a anterior cervical disectomy & fusion on 5/16/2012 and c5&c6 has not fused and I have been in severe pain with sporadically numbness & tingling in by para spinal area, clavicle, left shoulder & arm down through my fingers except pinky. Recently the numbness & tingling has also moved to my right forearm & hand. Since the pain never went away after the surgery my doctor and I both think it is because of the bone spur and the spinal stenosis mentioned in the CT scan above is pressing against the nerves. My Workers' Comp. insurance co. just denied the request for a revision fusion surgery twice so I am on my last chance to appeal their decision. They are saying that the CT scan is not showing any nerve root compression but I was informed by two Orthopedic doctor's that CT scans and MRI's are not 100% accurate and that sometimes they will show the nerve is not being compressed but when they go & do the surgery the nerve is in fact compressed. So I am looking for anyone that scenario has happen to them so I can use your experience/case in my appeal as I am in severe pain and cannot live like this for the rest of my life. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give me. Thank you, very much for your time. Have a wonderful day!

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  • sir. you have not given your age and your first symptoms,fist C.T /M.R.I. findings, post op C.T./M/R.I. are highly debatable points request you to give more information stenosis produces more myelopathy than radiculopathy[pain in hand radiating from neck etc] more info please
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