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Meeting NS this week, lost all hope in the medical profession to date

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone,

My MRI results are revealed below:

I meet with the Neurosurgeon this coming week and would like to ask anyone what should I expect? What should I ask? To be honest I have lost total faith in the medical system.

To date I have seen about 10 different medical people all of which have failed to help me and all have stated, 'wait on the Neuro surgeon he will know what is wrong'????

I mean this includes, GP's, Specialists, Senior Physios??? Not one of these people have been able to tell me what is wrong even though they all have MRI scans? Some have blatantly admitted to not having a clue how to read MRI?

All are reluctant to tell me what happens next?? I have had a GP tell me , sorry we only shoot from the hip, I have no idea, but hey have some more tablets.

My Physio appointments were equally disappointing, they did about 5 mins traction each session and showed me very pointless exercises to do, I had one who just gave me a magazine and said , sorry there is nothing I can really do until ' you meet the NS' ....but maybe you should go and buy a traction machine???? This cannot be right??

I have undertaken my own research from this wonderful site and you good people, but obviously I still am a little lost.

Is this just me or is this just where the UK's NHS system is at?? I really am hoping to meet one professional among this lot who can at least tell me what is going on? I need this NS to at least tell me where my problem lies and what my options are.

Has anyone else experienced anything this?? Or can anyone else guide me in some direction.

This is a previous post on some of my history to date.

I have had traction with the PT now twice a week for a couple of months, although I obtain relief at the time the pain returns that evening.

I have tried all conventions of Meds too, some which help and some that don't but regardless when I stop taking the Meds the pain returns.

My pain is mainly in the neck but I have the usual left arm pain and thumb and forefinger tingling. I have considerable neck movement in all directions but I have pain at extremes e.g up and down.

The bulk of my problem appears to be bone spurs causing a forminal stenosis of a root nerve left C5/C6????? So if I were to opt for surgery which type do you think is likely?

Being relatively fit and 36 do you think I would be able to jog, cycle, play soccer again if a certain surgery procedure took place? Sorry for all the questions, any advice is much appreciated.

MRI results:
There is movement artifact on several of the sequences. Alignment maintained but there is loss of the cervical lordosis.

There is a partial fusion of the posterior aspect of the bodies of C7 and T1. Degenerative disk disease is seen above this level.

At C5/C6 there is a broad disk osteophyte bar more prominent on the right but with narrowing of both exit formina again more prominent on the right. Canal dimensions are adequate.

At C6/C7 there is again a broad disk osteophyte bar with narrowing of both exit formina but adequate canal dimensions.


  • My goodness, it really sounds like you have gotten the runaround...and from reading through the MRI report, things don't look all that complicated!!

    Look through the information on this site:


    It will give you some ideas as to what to ask the surgeon. Also follow some of the links to find some other pertinent articles that are written by spinal specialists.

    I am most familiar with lumbar issues so I am not going to say anything specific about your issues...but any good fellowship-trained spinal specialist should be able to help you.

    Good luck.

  • Thanks for your reply Gweenie, I found the link what to ask surgeons helpful.

    Thank again

  • what a bunch of stupid professionals. whats so hard about that mri,its not like its complicated or anything. LOL :))( It just sounds like they don't want to be bothered with you. You do realize that you have arthritis right! thats what the osteophytes are.Good luck with the neurosurgeon
  • Hi Lynny

    I don't remember your symptoms from other threads. Then again I can't remember what I had for breakfast - lol. Thank you neurontin.

    A neurologist or neuro surgeon can give you a complete intrepretation of the MRI. As others said it doesn't seem very difficult. If that is the radiologists full report he is saying you have some abnormalities (don't we all) but nothing that is outrageously bad.

    The thing to remember is that your symptoms are what they should be using as a guide to treatment. Many have extensive changes in the spine and no symptoms to go with the change. I have a herniated disk but only slight occasional tingling and numbness. Not enough to make an operation necessary or called for at this time.

    Unless there is more I think you should prepare yourself to be told that surgery is not needed. And if they do say surgery get at least a second opinion to make sure it isn't a surgery happy doctor.

    Again I am not sure how much you have done already or where your problems started but except in cases of extreme injury the doctor should be recommending PT, meds or other treatments before surgery. The PTs may have been hesitant to do anything until they get the ok from the surgeon in case there is something dangerous. Here in the US all PT is by prescription. A good PT wants instructions from the appropriate doc before starting treatment.

    Let us know how it goes next week.
  • Tammy C and Kris NhankYhank you for your responses, I will certainly update on my meeting with the NS in 3 days time.

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