Hi. I was in a pretty significant MVA end of 2012, and have neck, low back and shoulder pain with radiation in pretty much all extremeties. I have an image I'm attaching of my cervical MRI. Wondering if anyone could give me any input. I have non stop headaches, pain/tingling down my arms, a carpal tunnel like sensation and my hands keep falling asleep.
Based on what I see it would appear that maybe physical therapy would be recommended. Since you don't mention anything about stenosis either of the central canal or of the foramen I would assume that there is no compression. Or in addition to P/T maybe anti-inflammatory medications & pain medications may be recommended.
Who are you treating with? Ortho? Neurosurgeon? All I can recommend is that whoever you treat with they should be trained in spine related issues. I doubt that surgery would be recommended at this point for a bulge.
[QUOTE=mnice;5123876]Thx, I'm scheduled for an injection, hopefully that works. I didn't have any neck pain before the accident. I've NEVER had headaches before, and I have them daily now.[/QUOTE]
Hi mnice, Im sorry that you are hurting & i have had migraine headaches everyday before & i sympathize. I hope the injection works for the pain! What kind of headaches are you having? I have tried many medicines before finally finding a combination of meds that i call magic for me. I take a new medicine called Prodrin & i take it with an old medicine called parafon forte & i call the combo " magic" because it relieves the head/neck ache without drowsiness. I have a bone spur @ C1 that is inside the foramen
pushing on the spinal cord. God bless you & again i am so sorry that you are hurting. Thank you.
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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.
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