Hello everyone, its been awhile since I last posted a message on the forum. I had a Posterior fossa decompressive surgery/craniotomy and laminectomy of cervical vertebrae of c1-c2 back in January of 2014. Anyways I began having gait and balance issues again a couple months ago, before I started back up physical therapy a couple months ago, I was having a couple of small falling accidents. Thankfully the physical therapy helped with my balance since I started it back up.
However for almost a month now, I been stuck in the house and not feeling comfortable driving and not even wanting to ride in the car because I have been getting really bad headaches, neck aches, and back aches. The headaches and neck aches gets worse from bending, turning my neck, and from motion as well. I have also been getting lightheaded and dizzy spells when I'm up standing and moving around. I also been getting a sharp stabbing pain in my incision area, like if I bend my neck/lean towards my girlfriend to give her a kiss, that stabbing pain only lasts few seconds, but the pain from it lingers and radiates to the front of the head.
In the past couple of weeks I have also been getting a lot of tingling in my legs, and some numbness that comes and goes in my lower right leg, last week while I was getting ready for bed, my right foot felt like it became swollen, but it wasn't swollen, so when I was going to bed it felt like my right foot became completely numb, and when I woke up in the morning the numbness spread halfway up my lower right leg, halfway between my foot and my leg, and the following night the numbness spread to a few inches above my knee, it was like that for a few days and went away on its own. When that happened, it felt very strange because it felt like I was wearing a compression sock (I wasn't wearing one though) that was on very tight to the point I was getting a pins and needles type pain feeling, aswell where it felt like my skin wasn't a part of my own body.
Also, I have been getting severe insomnia. Lately I been taking 6 mg of melatonin and 50mg of Benadryl with my 5mg of valium to try to get some sleep and I still been having a very difficult time getting to sleep, usually takes a few hours after laying down in bed, between my brain not wanting to shut off, and from the aches and pains throughout my head, neck and back. Its to the point I hate going to bed because of it.
On Wednesday I had another mri done, now I'm just waiting for my neurologist to look over the results, but I requested a copy so that I could look at the images, and I was looking at them and compared a few of them with my old images from 2013 before having the surgery, and I wanted some opinions/feedback of the images I have here:
(the mri picture on the left is the new images, the mri picture on the right is before the surgery.)
in the First image, to me it kind of looks like too much bone was removed and it kind of looks its brain slumping to me, although I'm not sure if its supposed to look like that or not. But in the other 2 photos, it looks like my syrinx is back.