Re: Cervical spine advice requested
Thank you for the reply with so much helpful explanations, Symptom wise, mmm I used to get muscle spasms but rarely now. I get stiffness and pain into shoulders and upper arms. It isnt so bad that I need p[ainkillers though I have found when I have taken painkillers that I am less tense and so get better range of movement Oddly I think more after walking. Cycling I can do and usually no pain . Driving can make my neck stiff and painful. I get some numbness on inner forearm on the left side but I think this is since I had a different illness.
I have what was (somewhat vaguely) described as (in 2004) multi level cervical and lumbar degenerative disease with sciatica. The Doctors did not however arrange either a MRI of my cervical spine at the time only X Ray and not evewn an X Ray or MRI of my lumbar spine. So at the moment there is no information as to the rest of my spine except the mention of dorsal disks which came within range of the MRI images this time.
I had a problem a few years ago with low readings of (corrected) calcium which was never re tested or followed up. I doi not know whether that has implications
When I was seen in 2007 the Consultant said a car accident with whiplash would be likely to paralize me where as another person would not be so affected.
This bothers me as I do drive and I want to ask them again.
One of the things that concerns me is that my spine might be left until it is an emergency and more tricky to operate on, than do it earlier to prevent such a difficult procedure and also reduce the chances of trauma forcing that bony ridge in through that thecal sac with catastrophic consequences. Then most people and docxtors say that surgery is a 'last resort'
I suppose there are balances. One is I am a NHS Pastient , the other is risks vs benefits. So is the risk of catastrophic irreversible injury greater than elective surgery and will the NHS (state health servicde in the UK) pay for non emergency spinal procedure even if it wouldnprevent later catastrophe.
Noted the contradictions in my report. It said disk heights were preserved and yet it said in another part that disk height was reduced at a certain level. Also it said aspects were stable in comparison with 2007. However, the foraminal narrowing is noted now on left and right (two sides whereas 2007 was only one)
there is observed dessication, osteophyte complex noted etc
2007 report here
MRI CERVICAL SPINE :
As on the recent radiograph of 13.08.07 of the cervical spine, there is marked loss of disc space at C6/7 which is associated with a minor degree of kyphos. Although there is minor narrowing of the cervical spinal canal produced by the vertebral bodies at C6/7 no evidence of cord compression is demonstrated. There is a small haemangioma within the posterior vertebral body of C6.
There is minor narrowing of the exit foramen of the C6 nerve root on the left but no convincing evidence of neural compression can be seen. No other significant features of note.
Bone marrow signal is otherwise unremarkable throughout the cervical spine. There is evidence of disc dehydration at C5/6 and throughout the remainder of the upper thoracic spine although no other disc pathology is demonstrated.
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