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had cervical acdf with plate. days later pain worse than before-very severe. new mri states same level has markedly narrowed foraminal bilateral canals as a result of uncinate procell and facet joint hypertrophy.???  how soon can a person have flexion and extension x rays after surgery?  doc says he cleaned the canals out.
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620923 tn?1452919248

  Hi and welcome to the Spinal Cord C/D forum.

How long ago was ur surgery?...if u r that much pain u may make it worse with the flexion/extension xrays.....
Many times the narrowing can be due to swelling...so not knowing how far along u r post op...it is hard to say....and some of us do heal slower then others....

If u do not feel ur Dr is addressing these issues, then go get a 2nd opinion.....
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hi and thank you for your comment.

surgery 2 months ago and plain x ray state that swelling has decreased.  initially after surg. not too much pain until several weeks later.  had to go back on pain medication.  also have a lower level below old surg. that has stenosis and markedly narrowed foramenas. i  an wondering if the stretching during surg. may have created a  different problem. incidently, this last surg. was located above old surg. from many years ago.
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  Mayb some scar tissue formed since it is so close to an older incision...

very complex the human body...huh?

Keep us posted on what u find out.
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