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Near Complete Compression C4-C6

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I have been experiencing numbing, tingling, shoulder pain, electic shocks in my upper extremities also vertigo for the last couple of years. It's all came to a head this last month and my doc. finally ordered order a CT Scan which I had on 5 Aug..

The report says:

Moderate degenerative changes found throughout cervical spine with loss of disc space and endplate spurs especially at C4-C5 and 5-6. Dengenerative changes also seen between dens and anterior arch of C1.

C2-C3 there is a small midline disc bulge slightly eccentric to the left which does abut the cord but does not clearly distort and neural structures.

C3-C4 There is a central to right paramedian disc protrusion which again effaces prethecal CSF and abuts the cord slightly flattening the right anterior cord contour.

C4-C5 There is diffuse concentric disc protusion as well as bony and ligamentous degenerative changes which cause nearly complete effacement of all CSF around the flattened cord and constrict lateral recesses and right neural foramina.

C5-C6 Findings similar to segment above again with near-complete effacement of all CSF and flattening of the spinal cord with preferntial narrowing right neuroforamina.

Degenerative stenosis with near-complete effacement of all CSF at C4-C5 and C5-C6.

I get my treatment through the VA and the docs nurse called me the next morning after the CT Scan and said they would be sending me to San Francisco to see a Neurosurgeon (I live in Idaho) and I would definitely be having surgery.
I went in and had a MRI today. I don't know why but my vertigo has been worse since I had the MRI this afternoon.

My question is does anyone know how serious this is and/or what kind of surgery is usually done for this. I know this all stems from when I was accidentally thrown over a 6' wall while training to be a field medic for the marines. I've already had two lower back surgeries and have permanent neuropathy in my left leg, not to mention a dent in my skull were the buckle in my helmet hit. If my vertigo doesn't get better by tomorrow I'll probably call the doc.

Thank you for any help you can give me.


  • until you see the neurosurgeon? That's a good indicator as to the seriousness.

    I can't help you with seriousness or surgery, but I wish you the all the best and hope everything works out for you and you heal quickly
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