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    Old 01-14-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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    Popping/cracking in mid back

    Need advice, I've rummaged through many posts on here, but just wanted to throw my story out to see if anyone had anything to offer.

    I've had bad back pain for approx 4-5 years now. Nothing triggered it, can't pinpoint when it started it just did and continues to get worse. I've switched insurance so many times with my company switching from company to company to get lower rates and the latest one was when I joined my husbands to combine and reduce a monthly cost.

    Back in 2006 I had a surgeon who had found a herniation that was lying on the cord (can't remember the exact terms) between c5-c6. Thats always confused me though because my pain is lower, its along my spine it feels like, in between my shoulderblades, at about the bottom of the sternum level, if that makes sense. They also did an mri of my shoulder as I was having some pain there, found torn rotator cuff, tendonities, bone spurts, arthritis. Surgeon was going to take care of both. Like I said, I've changed so many docs in the meantime, thats way past and many miles from my current home (about 500 miles). Every time I switch doctors I have to start the process over as they want their own conclusion, even though I've given them the reports from the previous docs.

    This is how its been going now. I started this last May ('08) with my doctor, explained the pain, she didn't do anything, finally sent me to a spine surgeon who refused to do an MRI, said he didn't believe in them. He gave me injections (prolotherapy? (sp?)), didn't work. I've gone to so many hours of PT its not even funny. I basically had to threaten my doctor with a lawsuit if they didn't do an MRI. I'm in so much pain its bringing me down and am unable to do my daily actities (work, taking care of kids, homelife). She gave me pain meds, but I think she just thoughts that I what I wanted from the start. I don't want medications, I want a solution. Someone shouldn't be in pain for this long. Anyways, she finally did the MRI a couple weeks ago, I asked her for a copy of the MRI. No joke - she sends me three pieces of paper; 1 - shoulder: no breaks or fractures, 2 - c-spine: mild arthritis (I know she should have seen the herniation because my other doctor who saw the films mentioned it), 3 - t-spine: as discussed. I didn't discuss anything with her!!! Oh my gosh, I'm at my witts end! I don't know how to get them to listen to me. The pain is constant, never goes away. I'm starting to lose feeling in my fingers, toes and part of my leg. She sent me to a neurosurgeon who is going to do a brain MRI, but seriously, I know its something with my back. I always feel it popping, like its falling into place, if that makes sense. Wouldn't they be able to see that with MRI or x-ray though? I feel like I'm losing my mind. She suggested maybe MS, but I have none of those symptoms. I still have a very tender shoulder, saw the ortho-surgeon, he doesn't think its my rotator cuff, although thats what I had problem with before and he said even if I do have a torn rotator cuff, it wouldn't be causing my back pain.

    Any insight/help, would be much appreciated. I can't handle this pain, I'm only 28!

     
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    Old 01-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #2
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    MRI results - ?

    Posted the other day, no responses, guess no one can relate to what my pain is...not surprised, doctors can't even figure it out. Anyways, got the final report from the MRI, thought someone might give me a clue as to what this might mean...referral for a new spine specialist is in and should be seeing in the next few weeks.

    Here's the report:

    The cerebellar tonsils lie in the posterior fossa. The caliber and T2 signal of the spinal cord from the foramen magnum to the inferior T5 vertebral body level, the C1 through C7 vertebral body heights, the T3, T4 vertebral body heights are wihin the range of normal variation.

    T1 and T2 have mild chronic anterior vertebral body wedging. Although the anterior inferior margin of T5 is partially excluded from the inferior field of view, the T5 vertebral body height is suspected to be within the range off normal variation. The C5-C6 disc has mild suspected degenerative signal loss.

    C2-C3, C3-C4: the thecal sac and neural foramina pare patent.

    C4-C5: C4-C5 has a midline to right posterolateral disc bulge, without suspected impingement upon the spinal cord or the C4 neural foraminal nerve roots.

    C5-C6: The C5-C6 disc has mild suspected degenerative disc height loss. The c5-C6 disc has midline to right posterolateral disc bulging with right posterolateral disc protrusion/herniation indenting the anterior thecal sac, without impingement upon the spinal cord or the C5 neural foraminal nerve roots.

    C6-C7, C7-T1, T1-T2: the thecal sac and neural foramina are patent.

    T2-T3 through T4-T5: The thecal sac and neural foramina are suspected to be patent on the sagittal sequences.

    Incidental neural foramina Tarlov cysts include involvement of the bilateral T1 neural foramina.


    sorry for any typos, just pounding it out...any clues on what all this mumbo jumbo means?

     
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