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Old 02-09-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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herniated cervical disc and bulge

I was involved in a car accident on October 31 2010. I was brought to the hospital with neck , back pain. I did X-ray, everything was normal. I was referred to seek a chiropractor. I have been doing chiropractic treatments for approximately 3 months now. I was ordered to do MRI. I got my MRI results. the impressions are disc herniated c6 and c7, disk bulge c7 and t1 and straightened lordosis. can someone please explain me the MRI results, is this bad? I have tried the traction and it wasn't successful I got severe headache from that. now I just got the most worst headache on the back of my head and forehead. it feels like throbbing. my neck and back is hurting so much than normal. what should I do?

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Re: cervical disc herniated/bulge

You should be evaluated by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon. Chiropractic treatment can make you worse in this case.
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Re: what to do if you are diagnosed with cervical disc herniated and disc bulge

Hi Bella....Welcome.

Do you have the actual MRI report? If so, can you post it word for word?

Any problem with the neck can cause really bad headaches. Avoid looking upwards, like at the sky. It stretches the spinal cord and that is when you get the worst headaches.

Herniated disks are not necessarily a bad sign but it's what they might touch or push on that makes them bad.

Lordosis is the natural curve in the neck and if it has straightened, then you have a loss of lordosis and that is not good and causes pain. The vertebrae are rubbing on the wrong place......kind of like a very mild dislocation of the entire neck. This also happens as a result of aging. How old are you?

The entire MRI will give us the best clue as to where to start. Sounds like it might be time for a consult with a spine surgeon and we can help you find one.

We all know the pain of bad necks here and the frustrations of them as well. Venting is allowed here! And encouraged!

And most here will tell you we don't like chiropractic as it can make things worse....much worse with necks. Since it isn't helping, you might as well stop.

Looking forward to helping you with the MRI........

gentle hugs.........Jenny

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Re: what to do if you are diagnosed with cervical disc herniated and disc bulge

I appreciate your reply.. I am 16 years old. Here is my MRI results..

Findings of cervical spine: A straightening of cervical lordosis is noted. No intramedullary bony lesions are present. The spinal cord is normal in caliber and signal intensity. There is no evidence of intraspinal or paraspinal masses or spinal stenosis. Adjacent soft tissues were unremarkable. No fracture is seen. The craniocervical is intact. The visualized posterior fossa structures, base of skull, and c1/2 level are within normal limits.
At the c2/c3 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated with no evidence of herniation.
At the c3/c4 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated with no evidence of herniation.
At the c4/c5 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated with no evidence of herniation. The neural foramina are patent.
At the c5/6 level, the disk space is maintained. There is disk dehydration.
At the c6/7 level, the disk space is maintained. There is disk dehydration. There is a posterior disk herniation impringin on anterior thecal sac.
At the c7/t1, the disk space is maintained. the disk is well hydrated. there is a posterior disk bulge.
Findings: disk herniation c6/c7, disk bulge c7/t1, straightened cervical lordosis consistent with spasm.
The other MRI for thoracic spine:
findings: the vertebral body height, alignment and marrow signal appears to be normal throughout. the cord seems intrinsically unremarkable. The disk spaces and hydration appear normal. The neural foramina appear to be patent bilaterally.

 
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Re: what to do if you are diagnosed with cervical disc herniated and disc bulge

hello. You need to go to the nerosurgeon. Stop going to the chiropractor. He will cause you more damage to the neck area.

Were you having a Whiplash? also the back hurt. I wonder how were you injured.

 
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Re: what to do if you are diagnosed with cervical disc herniated and disc bulge

yes I was diagnosed with whiplash at the hospital. the car behind wasn't paying attention and hitted my friends car. I was the back passenger. the impact was really hard. the other driver was driving 50 mph when she hitted us.

 
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Re: cervical disc herniated/ disc bulge

Bella...some anatomy.

You have 2 crucial things going on in the neck...the spinal cord that goes from the brain to the waist, and at each vertebra, a pair of spinal nerves that peels off like peeling a banana and then goes out to the body. All the openings for the spinal nerves are open and good so that is good news. BUT, at C6-7, they can see that a disk(the cushion between the bones) has ruptured. Think of the disk as being like a rugged jelly donut. It acts like a cushion but it is still soft enough to break open. When it does, the jelly leaks out. But this jelly is pretty hard and thick and oozes very slightly. Yours had broken open and has oozed in such a way that it is right up against your spinal cord. It's not touching the cord but touching the sac that surrounds the cord(thecal sac). But that may be 1 reason why you have headaches.....by touching it, it is interrupting the flow of spinal fluid. The spinal fluid flows not only around the cord but up and down your spine and into the brain. If it backs up, then you get a headache. If you don't have enough in one area, you get a headache. Lying down helps this a lot.

It also says your straightened lordosis is consistent with muscle spasms. My son got bad whiplash when he was hit from behind at 75mph the first weekend he came home from college and the spasms lasted a long time. Are you taking anything for the spasms? And medications?

Obviously chiropractic is not helping. But it can take time for that disk to "harden off" and then shrink back but it does happen and in a young person, should happen. And when the spasms break, your neck will probably go back to normal shape. I'm just concerned you aren't getting the care you need.

I'd suggest you get your parents to take you to a spine specialist...not a chiropractor but an orthopedic or neurosurgical spine specialist and get some good care. Chiropractors can't prescribe and I bet an MD spine doc would start by giving you some anti-spasmotics to get rid of those muscle spasms. Physical therapy may work better than chiropractic as they can do deep muscle massage or e-stim or other things to break up the spasms. You'll feel so much better when the spasms are gone.

And then time will tell if the disk recedes. It should at your age and then your headaches will stop. The muscle spasms are giving you headaches too...guaranteed. So you need to stop those too.

I hope this helps. I know you hurt and it will get better with time but it would help if someone gave you some meds to help speed it up. Lie down when you need to and that should help too.

gentle hugs............Jenny

 
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Re: cervical disc herniated/ disc bulge

Don't repeat chiropractic. Have your parents read the replies here and get a referral to an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and/or Neurosurgeon. That doesn't necessarily mean you'll need surgery, it's just that an OSS/NS are better sources of treatment recommendations.
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Re: cervical disc herniated/ disc bulge

Sounds like the whiplash I had. I was sitting in the back seat. I bet your driver was not injured that much. The pain never goes away. I wish those bulging disks go back to where they were before the accident.

It happened and there is nothing to do now. lesson learnt - Do not sit in the back seat.
Better drive yourself than letting Someone drive you.

Wish I knew it before.

BE SAFE

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