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Old 11-04-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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Hello. I'm new to the boards. Just left the Arthritis board finding out whether neck arthritis and spondylosis are the same thing so I would post in the right place. After sharing a little bit with someone kind enough to answer me, she told me this is where I probably need to be. I had a MRI on my cervical spine almost a year ago after an orthopaedic doc looked at an xray of my neck and said I had arthritis in my neck. In a nutshell, I have degenerative disc disease from c3-7. The paper with all of the findings on it used terms like broad-based disc bulge, bilateral and mininmal neural forminal narrowing, mild central canal stenosis, etc. What I'm wondering is what all of this means? Is it the reason for my occasional headaches that go away on their own? Is it the cause of the pain I feel behind my eyes sometimes? Could it possibly be the reason for my tremors? Occasionally numb fingertips? To name a few...........I haven't been back to the orthopaedic since the spine doc gave me the results of my MRI, put me on Tramadol and told me if the pain didn't go away I might want to consider surgery.

 
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Re: Ddd

If you post the radiologist's report from your MRI, I will do my best to tell you if you need to be concerned about your cervical spine. Also, try to be a little more specific about symptoms, such as which side, which fingers, etc.

 
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: Ddd

OK. As far as the numbness, its in all three fingers between my thumb and pinky. At the very very tips when it does occur. When I do get it, it usually last for about two days and then goes away. Now I'm gonna type my findings from the c-spine mri. This is the one that said IMPRESSION, which I guess is the issue in a nutshell. Let me know if you need more info:

C6-7: Moderate to severe right and moderate left neural foraminal stenosis, mild central canal stenosis
C3-4: Moderate bilateral nueral foraminal stenosis, mild central canal stenosis
C4-5: Moderate right neural foraminal stenosis

Spine specialist told me I have DDD in my cervical spine. Bloodwork done my primary doc showed my Vitamin D to be very low and once he started me on megadoses of vitamin D all of my pain stopped and basically hasn't returned. (???????????????)

 
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Re: Ddd

OK. As far as the numbness, its in all three fingers between my thumb and pinky. At the very very tips when it does occur. When I do get it, it usually last for about two days and then goes away. Now I'm gonna type my findings from the c-spine mri. This is the one that said IMPRESSION, which I guess is the issue in a nutshell. Let me know if you need more info:

C6-7: Moderate to severe right and moderate left neural foraminal stenosis, mild central canal stenosis
C3-4: Moderate bilateral nueral foraminal stenosis, mild central canal stenosis
C4-5: Moderate right neural foraminal stenosis

Spine specialist told me I have DDD in my cervical spine. Bloodwork done by my primary doc showed my Vitamin D levels to be very low and once he started me on mega-doses of vitamin D all of my pain stopped and basically hasn't returned. (???????????????)

 
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Re: Ddd

The C6-7 right-side foraminal stenosis might correspond to middle-finger symptoms in your right hand. Other than that, the MRI doesn't look bad.

If the Vitamin D helped, that's great, but you might want to keep an eye out for symptoms of right-side C7 radiculopathy.

 
Old 12-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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Could you please tell me some symptoms of right-side C7 radiculopathy. I could already be experiencing it but don't know what it is. I have a load of issues and symptoms; I'm just trying to keep my posts short and sweet so people will stop and read them.

 
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Re: Ddd

If you have right-side C7 radiculopathy, the symptoms could run across the top of your back, down the back of your arm, and into the middle finger and maybe index finger. The fingers are most indicative of which level the problem is at.

C7 is quite low, and should have no symptoms in your head.

 
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