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Old 02-18-2011, 08:32 AM   #1
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Cervical MRI: "Just" Arthritis & DDD

My neck issues have been all but ignored due to my lumbar crisis. The MRI shows "just" arthritis & DDD.

I guess in comparison to my low back problems, it's good news that no nerve roots are being compressed.

I couldn't start my day without 1 ice pack on my neck & another on my low back.

What does it mean when a dx of arthritis & DDD is considered good news?

Should my doctor be doing something about it? The degree is "moerate".

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Re: Cervical MRI: "Just" Arthritis & DDD

Sassy, it's always good news when no nerves are being impinged. I, too, have arthritis in my neck; in fact, it is rampant all up and down my spine. I suppose the good news for you is that there is nothing that needs to be done surgically and there is really nothing much to be done medically speaking.

Using ice, heat, and taking an anti-inflammatory is about all you can do.

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Re: Cervical MRI: "Just" Arthritis & DDD

Can you post the results of your MRI? Necks have very different issues from the lumbar area as it is much tighter. And blood vessels are involved too.

The truth of the matter is, that spine docs won't do anything until you reach "severe" levels even though "moderate" can mean major pain. The only thing they may go in earlier for is compression of the spinal cord.

So I would want to know what is "moderate"...nerve compression, cord compression, canal width...what? And is it OA or RA(rheumatoid arthritis affects the 2 highest neck vertebrae, C1-2)

You can find a lot of info on the cervical spine on Spinal Cord Disorders board too.

Hope you can post the MRI written report.

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Re: Cervical MRI: "Just" Arthritis & DDD

I don't have the written report but when I do, I will certainly post.

Thanks!

 
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