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Old 03-24-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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In 2007 after hitting my head I suffered severe weakness, numbness in fingers, shoulder pain, shocks going down neck and finally a bouncy gate. After three months of calling and going to doctors I could barely walk. I had an MRI which showed a fractured vertebrae, ruptured disc and a severely compressed spine. I had emergency surgery. I was hours from being paralyzed. Three years later I suffer from spasticity and unbalance but am walking.

About two months ago I started getting the radiating shoulder pain. It feels like a torn rotator cuff. I was a little worried but nothing else seemed worse so I held off going to the doctor. I finally had to go because the pain was so bad. They gave me pain pills and muscle relaxers which help. I noticed early last week subtle changes but nothing major. By the end of the week, I got the numbness in my fingers, and I started to have the bounce when I walk and a hard time trying to get my legs to work with much weakness. I called my neurologist and they got me in for a MRI on Friday. Yesterday I called and my MRI came back inconclusive. It is the same as after my post surgery MRI in 2007. Thursday and Friday I had horrible pain in head and neck. I have shoulder pain on one side and neck pain on the other side. I now have this noise like a whrr when I bend my head down. I see my neurologist on Monday and am stunned that my MRI is the same. I am scared and don't know what to do. My primary care wants me to wait and see my neurologist first before she sends me to a neurosurgeon. Has anyone had this before?

 
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Any advice

If the MRI is inconclusive, they want to do a "gold standard" test refered to as a myelogram / CT scan. Basicly a contrasting die is injected into your spinal canal followed by a quick, quiet CT scan. This type of test tends to show about as much detail as possible via scans and X-rays.

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Old 03-25-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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Thanks I will ask for that. I did have the contrast with the MRI. Should I still ask for the CT? I was under the impression that a MRI was better.

 
Old 03-31-2010, 12:28 PM   #4
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Has anyone ever had this happen? I went to the neurologist and he thought it was due to combination of tramadol, prozac, and welbuterin. I talked to my pharmacist and she said no. I was on it for almost two months before this happened. My doctor also said it could be my neuropathy and I could have easily injured myself. Has anyone ever had this just all of a sudden get worse years after their injury. I do think that there is improvement but I am just so afraid I have taken a step backwards and am terrified it won't go away and I will have to go back to using a cane and wheel chair when having to walk a lot.

 
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