I have heard of a type of arthritis of the back, that causes the bones to start to fuse together and this can cause pain in the rib or lung area..... I cannot remember the exact name of the arthritis, but I am sure you could probably find info on it on the net....
To all concerned re: cervical disc herniations and osteoarthritis of neck with stenosis:
I had an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion of C4-C7 done on 2/17/09. Within two hours of the surgery, my neck, shoulder, arm pain and numbness was completely gone!
I have some shoulder tenderness from being positioned on the O.R table in a hyperextension of my neck, but am taking a muscle relaxant with good relief. Amazingly, I did not experience any problems with hoarseness of my voice or difficulty swallowing. Three discs removed, large osteophytes removed (surgeon said my neck vertebrae had fused together due to osteophyte growth and surgery was 3 hours long).
The end result is better than I could have imagined. Free of pain for the first time in months! So, anyone facing a similar situation, please be aware that excellent results can be achieved (especially with a very skilled neurosurgeon.) So if you are reading forums where people are talking about the problems they experienced postop, keep in mind that I came through it and feel remarkably well!
Best wishes to everyone and may you all obtain the wonderful results that I have been blessed to achieve!
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