Re: cervical mri question w/pic
The discs at C5-6 and C6-7 are deteriorated, with a clear herniation of disc material at C5-6. The thing that impresses me in addition to this is the severe loss of normal curve of the cervical spine, which is usually caused by muscle spasm, either from the trauma itself or from the irritation of the nerve root by the herniated disc material. I would think some regular use of a good muscle relaxant prescribed by your Dr would be helpful, plus heat and massage. The disc may heal in time and a good antiinflammatory med might help somewhat. So might a soft cervical collar to prevent motion, nerve root irritation and allow the muscles to relax. Some Drs prescribe traction for the neck. I would be sure your Dr sees these actual images, as I think the report downplays the central posterior herniation and doesn't mention the loss of normal lordotic (concave from the back of neck) curvature. The spurring mentioned are bone spurs which indicate some arthritic changes. Both muscle spasms and arthritis in neck can cause headaches, and I think the combo of muscle relaxant/antiinflammatory would help the headaches too.
Last edited by ladybud; 01-29-2013 at 07:43 PM.
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