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How can they find bulging discs after ACDF?

Hi. A little history. I have had 3 total ACDF surgeries with hardware. First was C4-C6, then C4-C7 with a hardware revision and then C4-T1 with a plate and cage. All were completed anteriorly. I have recently started having headaches, neck pain and some hand pain. Had an MRI and the results said: 1. Reversed lordotic curvature at C5-C6. No intra-axial pathology identified. 2. Multiple level facet degeneration and hypertrophy. No acute fracture dislocation. 3. Disc bulge C5-C7 with a mild spinal cord anterior impingement but no cord flattening.” So I’m really confused about this. With 3 ACDF surgeries in that area, how is it possible there is a disc there to bulge? Shouldn’t that have been removed in my surgeries?
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That's a good question. Your Surgeon would be the one to ask. Did you have the same one do all three? What's the time frame you had these surgeries done?
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