I'm Titan Neck, short for titanium of course. I've got three discs fused in my c-spine three years ago and two more ruptured (or bulging, herniated....). More surgery will certainly inhibit my mobility further, but on today's MRI, C4-C5 looks like it has actually BREACHED the cord wall on both the lateral and axial views. The report is not on the CD with the pictures so I'll be waiting til next week to hear anything.
And my lumbar neuro was more concerned about my LUMBAR MRI (two bulging, two dessicated and one leaking) than last year's c-spine MRI. Incidentally, I think a trip through a serious pothole elicited the rather dramatic change from an October 2008 c-spine MRI to today's new one.
So I hope you'll welcome me both as an old hand and a potential new surgical victim. (Oops, did I say that?)
PS Yes, if the cord wall was actually breached I would be leaking spinal fluid and at a minimum have a monumental headache. Unfortunately I have "chronic daily headaches" including common "stress" headaches and sinus headaches, migraines, chronic muscle contraction headaches, clusters, "cervicogenic" headaches... you get the picture. It's impossible to differentiate most of the time and when its unusually bad we call them "combo headaches". This week I missed three days of work with a "combo headache", which I haven't done in several years.