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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in New Member Introductions

I am new here, and I just want to introduce myself. I have had neck/shoulder/upper back pain, sometimes severe, for over two years, but have been dismissed by doctor after doctor. After 6 months on serious pain medicine and muscle relaxers, about 10 PT appointments, and numerous trips to my doc, I finally got a referral for an x-ray and mri of my cervical spine. The x-ray showed arthritis (which the doctor said is a normal part of aging -- I am 28 yo). The mri showed the following:

hemangioma in body of c4
congenitally borderline slender spinal canal
c3-c4 small central herniation, osteophytes mildly narrow right foramen
c4-c5 minimal bulge, osteophytes cause minimal narrowing foramina
c5-c6 right paracentral herniation, mildly impinging on cord, no myelopathy
Mild degenerative signal changes in the disks.

My doctor said that the significant thing here is the herniation that is impinging on cord. I really don't know what any of this means...words like mild and small make me wonder if they can be causing my pain. Much of my pain is on the left side, but the herniation that is impinging on the cord is right paracentral. Could that still be causing the pain on my left neck/shoulder? I also wonder if the arthritis plays a part. I would really like a referral to a back specialist, but for now my doctor just said to try another round of PT.

I am happy that I found this site; it is wonderful to see how supportive everyone is.

I am aware that people here cannot translate exactly what this stuff means for me without seeing my films, but any insight would be greatly appreciated.

I know this is long, so thank you for reading!




  • Welcome, Meredith. I'm glad you joined us. You'll find that a lot of people here share your pain, including me, and are very supportive.

    Two years is a long time to suffer with those symptoms. I have a hard time with the fact that your doctor wants you to wait considering you have impingement on your spinal cord. PT only helped me a little bit and only at first. After about eight sessions with little relief, I knew it was time to get something done.

    Would your doctor give you a referral to a spine surgeon? If I were you, I'd feel much more comfortable waiting and trying noninvasive measures if it came from a doctor that specializes in the spine.

    Again, welcome. Feel free to PM me any time if you have questions or need to talk. There are a lot of people here who have walked in your shoes.
  • Welcome to SH. This is a wonderful place to share your thoughts, fears and concerns. People have been helpful and supportive. Lots of good information on this site

  • Thanks for being so welcoming!

  • Welcome!

    You know sometimes the smallest thing can cause alot of pain. Everyone has a different pain tolorence level. Nerve pain is one on the worst pains that you will ever have. I know because I have had enough pain in my life.

    Have you seen a Neuro? Pain Management doctor?

    Best of luck! You will find me in the Cervical forum! :)
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. good luck as you search for pain relief! :D Jenny :)
  • Hi guys,
    As a newly registered user I like to say hi to everyone who uses this forum. I am a newbie to this forum. I am NYK from Canada. I am glad to join your wonderful forum. Thanks
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