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    Old 02-20-2008, 07:07 AM   #1
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    Trying to understand my mri results of the cervical spine

    Also could the pain I am having in the left shoulder still be caused by tentenitis which came on right after my fall and was diagnoised through a regular xray .I also have pain and .I took a bad fall in the parking lot at work and fell on my entire left side.Or could the pain be coming from the MRI done on the cervical spine.These are the results of that mri.
    At C3-C4,There is central protrusion of the disc with effacement of the dural sac
    At C5-C6,There is bulging of the disc and moderate effacement of the dural sac.
    Impression
    Minor cevical Spondylosis as described above.

    Is there anything thing that can e done about this because it is causing me quite a bit of pain.This all happened back in August of last year and the pain is getting worse instead of better over time.

     
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    Old 02-20-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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    Re: Trying to understand my mri results of the cervical spine

    just exactly where is your pain and what overall symptoms are you experiencing in the shoulder and c spine areas?i just went thru a surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in my shoulder(the 'cuff" is where all the tendons kind of meet together?).i had been assuming that at least some of my really bad pain that was in my upper back,shoulder and neck was all coming from just my huge c spine mess when it was also from my torn rotator cuff.this is a VERY common injury that alot of people actually have but don't really know it til that MRI gets done of the shoulder(i got the MRI done on the shoulder when i started to feel really awful "knife like" jabs into the upper arm shoulder area whenever i extended the arm and tried to actually lift something?had to drop it cuz it just hurt too much).i was really shocked at the extent of real damage i had in there all this time but like i said,just 'assumed' it was all related to the c spine and spinal cord injuries i have just becasue these areas were already IDed as bad spots.this could be some level of your on going problems too,espescially if you actually took a fall and landed with some good solid weight upon the shoulder area too.how is your overall range of motion within that shoulder area at this point?it isn't all that unusual to actually have a combo of some c spine issues along with shoulder issues too.i just think considering your symptoms a shoulder MRI could reveal much more going on than you may actually think or know of.i was really shocked at my damage,really shocked,i knew i had some sort of shoulder issue i just didn't think it was anything close to the two full thickness tears(among like five other pretty significant problems as well) i actually had show up on the MRI in the tendons in the cuff.i just think it would not hurt you at this point to better define your possible problems in both the c spine AND possible shoulder involvement as well.you really do need to know for sure whats up in there just so you know the problems you are having due toc spine issues are or are not just that alone,you know what i mean?let me klnowwhat you find out.marcia
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    Old 02-21-2008, 10:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Trying to understand my mri results of the cervical spine

    I saw a spine and brain specialist for my back injuries,He ordered the cervical and lumbar mri's.I saw a different doctor for the other injuries I suffered.The second doctor ordered an mri on my knee that showed quite a few problems.All other areas of pain he only did simple xrays including the shoulder hip, buttock,leg and thigh pain with the idea that they were caused by my lower back injury.All the xrays showed no broken bones or fractures.As far as the shoulder he said I had some narrowing in the collarbone area and tendenitis in the rotor cuff area.He could also see some inflammation.I have pain directly on top of my shoulder bone that goes all the way back over the complete shoulder blade and into my upper mid back.My complete left arm aches as does the side of my hand along with pain and weakness and numbness in my arm and hand most of the time.It hurts constantly and at night it helps to use a pillow to rest my arm on because if it is laying flat it hurts more .When I try raising my arm even half way it causes more pain.I think you are probally right there must be more damage there than I've been told.Do you have any idea on how long tendenitis is suppose to last?

     
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    Re: Trying to understand my mri results of the cervical spine

    Tendonitis can last a long time - especially because you continue to use your arm/shoulder all the time. Rotator cuff damage can be painful and last a long time, even for a very simple tear that has healed.

    It is quite possible some of your pain is your shoulder, but some of it could also be from those discs. It happens that C5 nerve root joins up for the brachial plexus (the nerve fibres running from the spine from above C5 -T1. It proceeds through the neck, the axilla (armpit) and into the arm. Brachial plexus injuries are common with falling. So pain can be comming from neck or within the shoulder itself you could have "pinched" a nerve , even the same C5 one in your case, from your fall.

    A good orthopedist and neurologist should be able to help decipher it, and there are some things they can do to try to narrow down which thing is generating what pain. There are diagnostic blocks that can help them tell.

     
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    Re: Trying to understand my mri results of the cervical spine

    NP is right,you could also have what i am experiencing,a combo of the problems in the two seperate areas are making this just a really bad situation.generally with 'just' the shoulder issues alone,it would not give the signs of radiculopathy you are having way down into the hand like you are,that would most likely be stemming from the c spine area.BUT i know i was suffering a whole hand type of ache from the shoulder crap too.but your symptoms from the c spine really do sound more like radiculopathy.what i am kind of wondering here is given what actually showed up on just the shoulder x ray alone,why in the heck your doc didn't follow that up with an MRI of your shoulder too.i think you have alot more going on in that shoulder than would possibly show on just a simple x ray.i was shocked at all the seperate problems i had all in one tiny shoulder area.given what is already there in that shoulder,you really DO need an MRI to further define the actual problems.this would just allow them to really see all the wayinto that joint and all ofthe tendons that would not actually show on an x ray.an x ray would not actually show tears in the tendons.it did not on mine and i had two full thickness tears in two seperate tendons.the supraspinatus is the most commonly torn of the tendons since it is the one that connects to the very top of the humerous.mine was fully torn and was giving me pain right smack into the shoulder at the top among other places.i just think you need better deeper evaluation of that shoulder/rotator cuff.like i said,this is a very common type of injury.Marcia
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