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    Old 05-14-2015, 02:18 PM   #1
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    c3/c4indents thecal sac
    c4/5 indents thecal sac
    mri impression--moderate multilevel DDD with small disc complexes.larger disc osteophyte complex at c5/c6 level causing severe central canal stenosis and cord compression. also bilateral neural foraminal stenosis compressing c6 nerve roots.. ap canal diameter is 6.2.-- 24 hour a day headaches, neck shoulder blades and both arm pain and numbness.. crawling and burning on neck itself around the spine.. bladder leakage.

    .. I see a nurse practioner and have been asking her to get me into a neurologist, but with me a diabetic and overweight, I am going to speak to her again about finding me one..I guess I want to know how serious is this? some one please help!how bad can this get?

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    Old 05-15-2015, 06:28 AM   #2
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    Re: pain

    Welcome to the board. You should make an appointment with a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon. A neurologist specializes in diseases of the nervous system but does not have specific specialized training in the mechanics and diseases of the spine. Your issues are of sufficient concern that you need to see a spine specialist.

    Without going into detail, any time you see the word "severe" in the radiology report, it is important to be evaluated by a spine specialist...particularly when it refers to the cervical spine. The report indicates moderate DDD (degenerative disc disease) at several levels, with additional issues at C5-6, where disc osteophyte complex is causing a narrowing of the spinal canal. Normal average is 17mm and anything 10mm and below usually results in radiculopathy and other issues.

    Any time there is an issue that causes pressure on the central canal (pushes into and indenting the spinal canal which contains the spinal cord) it can create nerve irritation or compression. In the cervical area, this can put pressure on the spinal cord itself. If left compressed, this can cause permanent nerve damage as well as other issues...and when very severe, it can result in paralysis.

    It is not my intention to scare you, but you do need to be evaluated by a spine specialist as soon as possible. Do not wait six months to try to get an appointment. Get the process going ASAP.

     
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    Old 05-15-2015, 01:59 PM   #3
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    Re: pain

    It's potentially pretty serious. Teteri66 has it covered pretty well and I second getting in to see a spine specialist neuro or Ortho surgeon NOT a neurologist. They have the experience and training to deal with mechanical issues of the spine.

    It's likely the pain is coming from compression on your nerve roots at c5/c6. The more serious issue, potentially, is the bone spur at that level causing narrowing of the spinal canal. To give you an idea the cord itself is generally between 7.5 and 8.2 mm there. With your canal diameter at 6.2mm it's very likely there is continuing compression on your cord. That can cause symptoms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy which include incoordination, gate disturbances, tingling/paresthesia in arms and legs, and potentially issues with bowel and bladder control. As Teteri66 says you should be evaluated by a spine specialist as.soon as possible.

     
    Old 05-15-2015, 08:23 PM   #4
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    thank you chuck and Teteri. I got to a Nurse practioner. and have been trying for a month and a half, she thinks sending me to a pain clinic for shots is best..all I know is the pain is terrible.. and these cervical headaches don't stop

     
    Old 05-16-2015, 12:25 AM   #5
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    My sister is a np so no offense to them but they don't have the training or expertise to deal with what you have going on. Shots may (or may not) diminish your pain but they won't address the bone spurs that are narrowing your spinal canal and likely compressing your spinal cord.

     
    Old 05-20-2015, 11:06 AM   #6
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    still waiting for her to find someone.I had forgot to ask about the headaches I get from my neck.. pain in neck in temples and behind both eyes, feels as though my eyes will come out of the sockets. it's 24 hours a day never ending since my car accident that messed up my neck, and I assume compressed my cord. I would like to know what these headaches are called.. ty

     
    Old 05-28-2015, 12:53 PM   #7
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    Hi Sissy,
    I have partially the same symptoms as you do. What kind of surgery did
    your doctor recommend to you ? Did they suggest a laminoplasty to widen
    the spinal canal ?

     
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