As seen in the November 2015 edition of NorthShore Now, a bi-monthly publication by NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Patient Grateful for Spine Surgeon and Nursing Staff
Randi Marks of Arlington Heights is an active 39-year old who is back to her usual workout routine four days a week. She has always been healthy, so when she developed numbness in her right hand earlier this year, she assumed it was nothing serious.
Over the next several months, Marks visited specialists to diagnose her condition. Then, after undergoing an electromyogram on Aug. 30, her neurologist sent her to the Emergency Department.
“When I showed up there, the last thing on my mind was emergency spine surgery,” said Marks, “but an MRI test indicated I had a serious spinal cord injury.” Marks was transferred to Evanston Hospital to undergo spine surgery the next day with spine surgeon Mark Mikhael, MD.
“Randi had compression of her spinal cord in three places due to an arthritic process occurring in the discs,” explained Dr. Mikhael. “This condition often has vague symptoms, such as numbness, clumsiness or problems with balance, but it can be a very scary experience because it is caused by pressure on the spinal cord.”