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Old 08-17-2004, 01:49 AM   #1
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Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

I slept on the couch a couple weeks ago and ever since Ive had a nagging pain in my neck and left shoulder. I thought it would work itslef out but it only got worse....I got off a flight last week as I was starting my vacation, and the flight seemed to aggravate it. I finally had to go to the doctor and he took some xrays and told me I had a bone spur. he presribed me flexeril and celebrex...neither of which have given me any relief.

Im supposed to get an MRI done if the pain doesnt go away...

Ive been reading on the net about a way to heal? bone spurs thru a supplement that includes coral calcium...should I look into this further or is it a bunch of hoo hah?

 
Old 08-17-2004, 06:11 AM   #2
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

Hi Mark, welcome!! Sorry about your situation, but you've come to the right place for info, as well as compassion and complete understanding of all you're going through!!
I'd suggest getting the MRI!! It's always better to be safe then sorry, right??
Have you had any prior accidents, or injuries to your neck, back or shoulders?? The reason I ask, is 'cause I was told that the bone spurs appear 'cause your body's trying to repair itself from something!! Have you read up on bone spurs??
I was in a car accident, and my second x-ray showed bone spurs which my dr said it was 'cause of the shock my spine had incurred! Later, CT scans and MRIs showed the herniated discs, and now I have DDD (degenerative disc disease) beginning to form!!
I wish you all the luck in the world, and hope that this isn't your case!! Please let us know what you find out, and feel free to come here and post whenever you'd like!! ((HUGS)) take care!!

 
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Old 08-17-2004, 06:26 AM   #3
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

Out2Lunch is correct, bone spurs are a result of a problem wherein the body is trying to fix the problem by growing a spur to protect that area. Taking herbal or vitamins to help the spur go away may or may not work, however, it most likely won't deal with the real issue at hand.
Definately go for the MRI. Make sure you are taking Celebrex daily as directed as that is how it is inteded to be used. It will help with swelling but will never do anything for bone on bone pain which is probably your situation. The spur may be rubbing up or hitting a vertebrae causing the pain.

 
Old 08-17-2004, 03:21 PM   #4
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

tHANKS FOR YOUR REPLIES....oops caps..Ive had "neck problems" for 3 years or so now, but Ive always visited a chiropractor, and he xrayed me 1 time upon my initial visit. He told me I had degenerative discs, or some disc degeneration....although he made it sound as if thru chiropractic adjustments the wear on my discs would be lessened if not stopped because my spine wouldnt be misaligned wearing the cartlidge away...anyway this new development seemed to make it alot worse, and all of a sudden. I used to ache after a few weeks had gone by between adjustments, but since this started it has been pretty much nonstop, if I submerge in water the pain totally goes away, and when I lay on my back most of the pain goes away. Anyway the point of my reply is could the spur have grown as a result of the degenration of a disc to compensate for thaat?

 
Old 08-17-2004, 04:49 PM   #5
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

Hi Mark: First off welcome to the boards. To answere your question yes the spur can grow because of the degeneration. I have DDD in L4 and L5 with a buldging disc and I also have bones spurs. My surgeon to absolutley STAY away from chiropractors. Bone spurs I have been told will grow back if they are removed so I am not to sure what we can do for this???? I would most definatley (sp) go for the MRI it will probably give you a clearer picture(LOL).

Sorry this is probably not any help but hopfully some onelse can add more to this. Any way take care and keep posting so that we can get to know you better.

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Old 08-17-2004, 05:18 PM   #6
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

I wasn't going to reply to this thread because I thought everyone else had covered everything and then I saw where you said you had gone to a chiro!
Please, that is not something you want to do when you have a bad neck. High risk for paralysis. This one in particular does not seem to be on the ball. One x-ray could not possibly cover taking care of your back properly. He should have ordered MRI before ever touching you!
You need to make an appointment with a spine specialist; either a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic spine spec.....bone spurs can be removed, but generally, they will grow right back.
I have found that ice seems to help with the inflammation much better than heat does.
Good luck...hope you find answers to all your questions soon.

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Old 08-17-2004, 10:22 PM   #7
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

Hi Mark, I know what you are going through. I have been having horrible pain in my lower back. X-rays have shown me to have DDD, bone spurs, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. I have just gone to have a MRI on my back and hips because the Dr. said i am too young to have this much deteoration and the MRI will show more of what is going on with my discs. The flexeril and vicodan do nothing to ease my pain. If the MRI will show what is wrong, then you should have it. I wish you luck.

 
Old 08-20-2004, 08:19 AM   #8
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Re: Bone spur on 6th vertebrae

I hate to keep asking questions, but I have no insurance, and am trying to bide my time before I go to the doctor for what will surely be costly MRI tests etc...but I also am worried I will only make things worse by not going right away...I know nobody here will tell me its ok to wait, but perhaps if I could get a couple opinions of your sense of urgency I could better make my decision? A week ago when I went to the doctor I had pain in my shoulder, but could hold my arms out and he pushed down on them and my strngth was fine, now I am limited in how my left arm moves upward, and it is easy to push my arm down with little effort...this is from compression on the nerve in my spine??

 
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