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Old 09-15-2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hi, I am new to this, so I hope I am doing this right.
I just had an MRI done on my neck and have no idea what it means and hope someone can shed some light on this and tell me how bad it really is, what to expect?
My major complaint is severe dizziness when I walk an amount of distant. But do have tightness in my lower neck at times. They first looked for a brain tumor but that came out negative. They have done every possible test on me which all came out normal for the exception of this. This is what the MRI said:
TECHNIQUE;Sagittal T1, second-echo T2, axial MPGR and 3-D volume-acquired gradient-recalled sequences obtained.
FINDINGS:There is good position and alignment of the cervical spine with mild narrowing of the C5-6 disc space. The cervical spine cord appears normal and well seen from occiput through T4.
C2-3 normal....cool!

C3-4:There is mild broad-based disc bulge. Moderate facet spurring is seen on left causing servere left neural foraminal stenosis. Right neural foraminal stenosis is mild. central stenosis is mild. Ummm, what are they talking about????WHAT DOES THE PROBLEM IN AREA OF 3-4 MEAN??????

C4-5:There is mild broad based disc buldge. A prominent uncinate spur is seen on left associated with mild facet diease. This is causing moderate left neural foraminal stenosis. Central stenosis is mild- to - moderate. OK,
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?????

C5-6:A braod-base dics buldge is seen at this level with accompanying marginal osteophyte causing moderate central stenosis particularly on the right. Servere left neural foraminal stenosis is present due to uncinate and facet spurs. right neural formainal is mild. This is confusing, servere and mild?
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??????

C6-7:broad-based disc bulge is minmal causing minimal central stenosis. Neural foraminal stenosis is servere bilaterally due to facet and uncinate spurs. Spurs???? facets????
AGAIN, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?????

C7-T1 NORMAL...HOW ABOUT THAT!

IMPRESSION;1. bony degenerative diesease in cervical spine causes neural foraminal stenosis at multiple levels particularly on left side.
2. no acute disc herniation

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Now with all that is above, can someone tell me what it is, in laymans terms not medical terms???? It sound bad, but I am expereincing mild pain, but a lot of dizziness!
My doctor is sending me to a chiropractor, to see if they can help.
Thanks in advance!
Margie

 
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Old 09-16-2006, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: Neck Problems

I am not a doctor but I will do my best to explain this to you. It looks like you have several bone spurs in your neck area that may or may not be hitting a nerve. Also you have foraminal stenosis and this means that the nerves that go from your neck to your arms, fingers, etc. have to pass through a opening or tube this is your foramin if this is damaged or is to small for the nerves to pass through it can cause you problems. Narrowing of any area makes it difficult for something to pass through without touching the opening or causing other problems. Have you had an EMG study done to see if you have any pinched nerves? Depending on what areas the nerves are pinching in could be the area that is causing your symptoms. I have heard that it is not a good idea to have chiropractic adjustments to your neck you should probally seek the opinion of a Orthopeadic Spine Surgeon (they specialize in the spine.) and or a Neurosurgeon and get their opinions before deciding on any treatments.
Hope you are feeling better!
Hope this has helped!

 
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Re: Neck Problems

Thank you for the info.
What are spurs????
Will I need surgery to fix my dizzy problem or is there an alternative to get rid of the dizziness cause by this????
EMG has to do with muscles, where does muscles fit in with the neck????
Do I see a neuroroligist for this?????
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margie and EMG tests nerves and muscles. your neck sounds like mine. i started with a chiro and when she felt certain areas of my neck would not touch it. i would see a neuro and ortho and get two opinions. i have been told i will probably need surgery to remove the spurs. bone spurs(osteophytes) are bones growing on the disks in your neck/back that can press on the spinal cord causing all sorts of problems. i also have bulged diks that are not bad. have been told the bone spur is my problem not the disks but no one as of yet hs explained what type of surgery. i see my PCP on tuesday fro a recommendation to an ortho and neuro before i do anything else. have thried PT and that made it worse.

 
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Well let me know how things turn out!
I like to know who said "grow old gracefully" they had to be young!
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you got that right!

 
Old 09-19-2006, 01:04 PM   #7
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Spurs are growths from the bone that occur most times in an injured area or an area that is weak due to arthritis or other aging problems. The bones are trying to "support" the area so they send out "fingers" or spurs. Most people have them as they age.

The ones that are a problem are the ones that pinch a nerve. They sometimes grow into the passages that the nerves pass through. If they do this, then you have a problem.

I had a coouple of nasty ones that were fixed with ACDF surgery.

 
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haven't been here in a while dennis. nice to see you. have finally gotten referrel to the right dr.s will see spince specialist tomorrow for neck, back and shoulder impingement. also see the foot and ankle specialist right afterwards. so hopefully i will have some answers. have been through hell with a cocky PT guy who thinks he is the ultimate in makind all decisions. told him last thursday that starting therapy on my shoulder was creating a horrible burn in my neck, shoulder and bicep. couldn't have cared less. told me to keep going. most PT tell you if it hurts that bad to stop. i couldn't keep seeing these people and being hurt more.

 
Old 09-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #9
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Is surgery the only solution for bone spurs? I also have one at C5-C6 which is blocking almost the entire canal. I've been through 2 out of 3 cervical epidurals, currently doing pt and have taken prescriptions from the 5 day steroid pack, vicadin and percoset. Nothing is working and I'm in so much pain. I have an appointment with a spine center in 3 weeks. At this point if they recommend surgery I'ld tell them to start the IV right then and there! But is there anything else I can try before surgery?

 
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from what i'm being told if they are big enough and compressing the spinal cord yes surgery is the only answer. i will let you know after i see the spine specialist tomorrow. i haven't had any injections yet so i don't know if he'll try first or what. i also need shoulder and possibly ankle surgery so i guess we'll have to do what's most important first. i need to get rid of some of the pain somewhere. my neck doesn't feel too bad lately since i got trigger point injections in the trapezius muscles. my shoulder hurts non-stop. it effects my whole arm and hand.

 
Old 09-20-2006, 12:10 PM   #11
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Was the doctor that ordered the MRI an orthopedist or neurosurgeon? I would really be surprised if that was the case since he is sending you to a chiropractor. Your MRI results clearly indicate degenerative disk disease and spurring. I have just had a MRI that showed many of the same issues, and my orthopedist believes the only thing that will provide long term relief is surgery. If you take the MRI results to the chiropractor, I wouldn't be surprised for him to decline to treat you. You really need to be seen by a specialist in cervical spine. It is surprising that you don't have more neck pain, but I think it's possible the dizziness is related to the nerve inflammation. Good luck.

 
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you are absolutely right. i saw a chiro for many reasons. when she read the MRI results of my cervical spine she wouldn't touch it. i have never seen a dhiro that would do anything without seeing test results.

 
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Is surgery the only solution for bone spurs?
Suz,

This has been discussed quite a bit on here. Generally, if you have a mechanical problem, the only real solution is surgery. In your case, if the spur is closing off the passage where the nerve goes through, you won't get much relief from alternative approaches. You already know that tho.

Hopefully you will get the answers when you see the surgeon.

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haven't been here in a while dennis. nice to see you. have finally gotten referrel to the right dr.s will see spince specialist tomorrow for neck, back and shoulder impingement. also see the foot and ankle specialist right afterwards. so hopefully i will have some answers. have been through hell with a cocky PT guy who thinks he is the ultimate in makind all decisions. told him last thursday that starting therapy on my shoulder was creating a horrible burn in my neck, shoulder and bicep. couldn't have cared less. told me to keep going. most PT tell you if it hurts that bad to stop. i couldn't keep seeing these people and being hurt more.
Hi,

Good to see that you are making progress with your docs.

I would talk to my GP about the PT guy. It sounds like he could cause you more problems than help.

Dennis

 
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