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Old 04-17-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Question Well! I guess my "crunchy neck" is something - but what??

Sooo -

Here's my first post! I dont' know *what* I'm reading, but maybe someone in the community can translate??

I'm a 51 year old female recently diagnosed with sjogrens. Along the way to dealing with this, I discussed some other symptoms with my rheumatologist, namely, right shoulder pain/discomfort, radiating down my arm like a burning sensation. Also, I have what I call a "crunchy neck". No matter which way I turn it, it crunches. She suspected rotator cuff tendonitis, but ordered x-rays for both the shoulder and neck. Here's the report:

Right shoulder: Normal examination.

Cervical Spine (5 views with oblique):

Stature and alignment of the cervical vertebral bodies are maintained. There is moderate C5-C6 and C6-C7 intervertebral disc height loss with small vertebral osteophytes. Right C5-C6 uncovertebral hypertrophy contributes to mild neural foraminal encroachment. The prevertebral soft tissues are normal. Impressions: C5-C6 and C6-C7 degenerative disc disease; Mild right C5-C6 bony neural femoral narrowing.

What's it all mean?? Help! (and thanks)

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Re: Well! I guess my "crunchy neck" is something - but what??

Looks pretty good, to my amateur eyes. "Degenerative disk disease" is NOT a disease, but a condition whereby the disks get dry and hard and maybe a little brittle. Nothing unusual for a 51-year-old, I'm afraid. You have small bone spurs (osteophytes) growing off your vertebrae, probably back into your spinal canal. "Small" is the operative word, though.

Your uncovertebral "joints" are structures on the outside of your vertebrae that hold the spine steady when twisting and turning. They are laying on additional bone (hypertrophy) and some of that bone is in back, where it is getting into your foramina, which are the openings in the bony cage of the spine where the peripheral nerves leave the spinal cord and head off to the shoulder and arm. A nerve being pinched in your right foramen (at C5, maybe?) could well explain the pain and burning, but the radiologist calls it "mild", which means he doesn't think it's a problem.

Still, your pain is on the right side, and the foraminal narrowing is on the right side, and it's at least close to the right level to cause a shoulder/arm problem. That, alone would have me looking to follow up, possibly with a spine surgeon. Just because a radiologist SEES a mild problem doesn't mean it's asymptomatic. Radiologists are not perfect, and MRI's CAN be hard to read.

 
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Re: Well! I guess my "crunchy neck" is something - but what??

My neck has crunched for years, very annoying to hear it in my head. Not sure exactly what is causing it, as I have a lot of arthritis spurs, narrowing, ddd and fun stuff going on in there. It's probably a combination of everything.

You mentioned the doctor suspected rotary cuff tendinitis, that caught my attention. I have a lot of shoulder/arm pain too, along with arthritis in my a/c joint in the shoulder. Now you have me wondering if my pain could be from my shoulder and NOT my neck...sigh.

My cervical mri shows the worst part being C5/6 and I have some of the same symptoms as you. Maybe your nerve is being pinched and causing your pain. I know mine is pinched from previous MRI's.

So, what is your next move? Is your doctor going to refer you to a specialist? Obviously you can't keep going like you have been. I do hope you get some answers and please come back and let us know. I hope you feel better.

 
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Re: Well! I guess my "crunchy neck" is something - but what??

Funny this topic should come up, as I had ACDF in January on C5-C6 for neck pain and pain in my shoulder. Still have pain in shoulder so had MRI of shoulder couple of weeks ago. I have 2 torn tendons in my rotator cuff! Makes me wonder if I didn't need the neck surgery! Good luck!

 
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Question Re: Well! I guess my "crunchy neck" is something - but what??

Here's my update:

Just went to PT for what we thought was the primary issue (shoulder/rotator cuff)...

Therapist took a look at my report and suggested I definitely make a follow up appointment with my primary to discuss. He said more than likely the arm issues are actually a result of the neck findings, but PT could still help alleviate symptoms in the arm.

In the meantime, I've scheduled follow up with primary for Monday. Should I be asking for referral to Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at this point? Or do I ask for MRI to look more closely at my situation? Would either of these ideas be an overreaction based on the x-ray findings?

PT so far has caused some symptoms of numbness down right arm to thumb, which subsides after a while. Definitely weaker in right arm than left. Ideas?

By the way - thanks for the feedback so far! Will give update after Monday's appointment.

Linda

 
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