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How do they tell if the conditions is worse than the MRI shows?

ButterflyPainBButterflyPain Posts: 290
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am beginning to feel that my condition may be worse than my test have revealed.

How do they know if the condition is worse than the mri's or x rays show? Is it the pain and or time it takes for it to get better or it remains the same? Or is it more symptoms developing as time goes on and nothing is working??

I have minimal to moderate Osteoarthritis, bone spurs, and impingement narrowing on the left side of C5/C6, as well as a herniated/ruptured disc in that area.

The past two weeks I've been having worse headaches, my spine from my skull down about five inches hurts, the back of my neck hurts more, my lower back hurts more...Muscle relaxer works most of the time but I have to take more than half of a soma to get it to feel better so I can sleep. I get sleep but I don't think it is as restful the past two weeks...I get up once or twice.

I find myself taking naps to get away from it. I ice it up and heat it up. It could be that I spend most of my time sitting during the week, but I mean I should be able to be lazy. I've been crying about it the past two days. I'm not sure if things are worse because perhaps my depression may be coming back or maybe it is pms or just my condition.

Any support or stories is welcomed. I just feel like crying, the constant ache is so nagging and makes me just want to jump out of my skin.
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  • They could do a mylogram or discogram...
  • Tonight my bone spur is really impinging my neck. Lightheadedness, as well. Am feeling that nerve pain. So I took a vicodin for the first time this week. It doesn't really help.Yuck....
    Hang in there.....Our bodies are trying to heal and they will with time. Try to find something else to think about.

    I been playing guitar in the lazy-boy but a couple of fingers are slightly numb. We will get better. I see a NS this Tuesday but I am tryig not think about it. I found another forum/thread with a few good surgical outcomes.

    Call a friend, try to think about better days ahead,
    Mike
  • muku55 said:
    Tonight my bone spur is really impinging my neck. Lightheadedness, as well. Am feeling that nerve pain. So I took a vicodin for the first time this week. It doesn't really help.Yuck....
    Hang in there.....Our bodies are trying to heal and they will with time. Try to find something else to think about.

    I been playing guitar in the lazy-boy but a couple of fingers are slightly numb. We will get better. I see a NS this Tuesday but I am tryig not think about it. I found another forum/thread with a few good surgical outcomes.

    Call a friend, try to think about better days ahead,
    Mike
    :( Sorry the vicodin didn't work. My tylenol with codiene isn't really working these past two weeks.

    Yeah, I think part of the problem is not doing much movement. I feel better when I'm at school, but I only go two days a week and the rest of the time I spend at home as a homebody.

    So you are seeing a NS, are you seeing him because you are considering surgery and have been referred, or was he the first doctor you went to for your neck problems? I've only gone to a neurologist this whole time. Wondering if that is the best specialist for what I have.
  • I am trying to also go to a nuerologist but I need to find one in my Aetna plan. My bone spurs are painful and at least one is going into my nerve. It feels like I have a large hand clamped down on my shoulder 24/7. So with the MRI result and this inpingement I am thinking to just get some surgery to remove them. I do not have a herniated disc but have degeneration on C7. Don't know how long work will permit me being out.

    As far as getting a NS just remember that they have they're own perspective. I have read many posts that say one should have a good nuerologist on your team. Surgeons once they get the green light to move forward are not usually communicative afterwards when and if you need help.

    How you feeling today?
  • ....."Osteoarthritis, bone spurs, impingment........" None of these are going to get better. The herniated/ruptured disc may or may not get better on it's own. Are you doing any physical therapy? The only treatment that I know of for impingment or bone spurs is surgery. Sorry to be negative. I do know how painful this can be. After my C5-6 fusion and removal of some of the foraminal stenosis, I still suffer daily with constant pain. My neck, shoulders and upper back seem to always be in spasm. I have been having PT, with ultrasound with electrical stimulation. Also deep tissue massage, which really hurts, and now have a home Tens unit. I find a nice hot shower or soak in a tub helps with the pain. Medications help some also. I wish I could tell you how to make this pain go away for all of us. The constant pain is so wearing on a person. Mike is right that surgeons feel there job is done if your surgery is successful. Mine didn't even order the PT. My PCP did that, as well as recommend a pain clinic. You might ask to be referred to one, but investigate it thoroughly first. I'm not sure I want to go that route myself for a variety of reasons.

    Hang in there.

    Maggie
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,715
    I read about this doctor doesn't do this, the Neurosurgeon only does that, my pain management doctor doesnt listen..
    This could go on and on.

    I've tried to explain on this forum several times that you have the good and the bad. In any form of profession, there are going to be those that go the extra mile for you and then there are those that just look at it as some income.

    Same holds true with medical professionals. I can never group or lump them into any one category. I take each person at face value. So many times on this forum, I have received a message from a member who is scared or nervous about seeing this xxx type of doctor, because of what they read from other members posts that xxx type of doctors dont care, they dont know enough, etc.

    That is why I try to stress, do not put all doctors or medical professionals into one basket. Evaluate each one for what they do. I do not want to have a member making a decision only because someone said that xxx type of doctor doesnt care.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Thanks.
    I know most of my condition will never go away, but I often wonder why it now is hurting, after most of the stuff probably being there for some time.

    I really like my neurologist. I do think he is doing his best and cares. I just think some doctors like to pin things on emotions, which I agree to an extent they do make pain worse...However while everyone is different, my mother has MS , severe depression, Anxiety , and lays around the house and never has the pains I have. I'm just thinking if she is far worse than I am in the emotions department with a far worse disease, and isn't having neck or head pains, then these pains must be connected to my herniated disc etc problems for the most part.
    I'm going to put that thought out there next time I see the neuro or my psychatrist.
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