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    Old 10-16-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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    Hello, itís been a while but here we go again, my symptoms keep getting worse and coming and going on other things. The right side of my neck is a big issue right now, it keeps locking up and I am having muscle spasms alone with serve pain from the shoulder all the way up to the ear cause headaches, ear pain and vision problems. My left arm also becomes very painful from the shoulder along the underarm to the elbow and then it goes numb from the elbow all the way to the fingers. It is a different feeling then carpal tunnel to; When the pins and needles stops and the pressure release it is like a balloon deflates and pops, it weird how it feels in my arm. I still have the numbness and tightness in the left leg and my feet are killing me, feels like I am walking on my bones the hurt so bad at times. The go numb and I have pin and needles all the time I have these bumps in the middle of my feet near the outer edge on the bottom of them, and they HURT!!. I have trouble walking by noon. The fatigue is horrible by noon and the list goes on I wake up at night with my hips aching so bad I want to cry. But any way I wanted someone to see if they could help me with my MRI because I have to see a neurosurgeon and I want to know what I am headed for. FYI this is 3rd one I have had in 2 years and they all say something different. But this is from Saturday 10/12/13, so it is my most recent.
    Findings: Variable disc desiccation, and disc space narrowing in the C4-5 and C5-6 levels. . No loss of height or gross malalignment of the cervical vertebral bodies. Cervical spinal cord has normal contour and signal intensity. No cerebellar tonsillar herniation.
    C2-C3: No apparent disc bulge or protrusion. No significant central spinal stenosis or neural foraminal.
    C3- C4: No apparent disc bulge or protrusion. No significant central spinal stenosis or neural foraminal.
    C4- C5: Small, disc-osteophyte complex. Mild central spinal canal narrowing. No significant neural narrowing.
    C5-C6: Right paracenteral-forminal disc-osteophyte complex and right uncoverterbral joint osteophyte formation, with partial effacement of right lateral recess. No significant central spinal stenosis or left neural foraminal narrowing. Marked right neural foraminal narrowing.
    C6-C7: No apparent disc bulge or protrusion. No significant central spinal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing
    C7-T1: No apparent disc bulge or protrusion. No significant central spinal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
    Impression: 1. Degenerative disc disease and spondylosis. Please see above for details at individual levels.
    2. Small disc osteophyte complexes in the C4-C5 and C5- C6 levels, without significant central spinal stenosis.
    3. Marked neural foraminal narrowing in the right C5-C6 levels.
    I had a MRI done at CCF on7/22/2013 this was for something else.
    I have minimal rightward scoliosis of the upper thoracic spine
    Canal and foramina: There are is minimal bulging of several discs within the midthoracic spine region. Finding effaces the anterior thecal sac but do not impinge on the spinal cord. The thoracic canal and foramina are patent.
    So if anyone could please help me I would be thankful, my doctor thinks they might want to do surgery, I am not up for that, 1st I have no clue what they want to do 2nd I do not like the idea of them cut into me. I am able to still walk, talk, and feed myself. They would not do surgery on my back because they said it was too risky I had a 50% chance of being in a wheel chair so I really need someone to walk me through what is going on here and help me understand what is wrong. I canít seem to understand one thing is why I have so many bone spurs all over my body. Any thought on that??

     
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    Old 10-16-2013, 07:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Headed to Neurosurgeon MRI Question

    I'm rather baffled that they would want to do surgery? What kind of surgery, and on what?

    Your cervical MRI just doesn't seem to support the need for surgery. Really, the only thing of note is the right-side foraminal narrowing at C5-6. If this were severe enough - it may be, but the radiologist does not so indicate - it might have some effects in the right arm, down to the thumb.

    It's quite possible that your aching hips may be the result of lumbar problems.

    Other than that - in my amateur's opinion - your symptoms just don't seem to be the kind that would originate in the cervical spine.

    I'd be interested to know what the surgeon's diagnosis and recommendations are...

     
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    Re: Headed to Neurosurgeon MRI Question

    That what I wanted to know why the doctor said something about surgery. That's why I asked if someone seen something on here. As for my hips I have OA in them. I was told later down the road I would need a hip replacement but that has nothing to do with my neck. I have nerve clumping in my lumbar but it does not say anything about my neck. What do you get out of this MRI. If you don't mine me asking..

     
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    Re: Headed to Neurosurgeon MRI Question

    << What do you get out of this MRI. If you don't mine me asking.. >>

    Just as I said, I don't see much in it.

     
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    Re: Headed to Neurosurgeon MRI Question

    Hi 2young, I hate to hear of all the pain & suffering that you have been going through! Im so sorry. As we have discussed the nerve clumping many times i thought it might be a good idea while seeing NS maybe he could possibly give input on the lumbar nerve clumping at the same time? Are you still concerned if arach or no arach? I think my NS would want the full picture & i would bring the lumbar MRI for him to see as well. I hope the appt goes well & a working treatment plan to get you some much needed some relief will happen quickly!

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