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Cervical and Lumbar djd with Stenosis

PamPPam Posts: 43
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone I am new to this forum I have been researching my conditions and stumbled upon this one so to speak. I have been suffering with low back pain since 1990 f
rom a fall from my horse and cervical problems for 10 years.
I was dx'd with cervical djd c4/5 6/7 in 2002 and most
recently in 2008 djd c4/5 6/7 disc/facet 6/7 facet hypertrophy with foraminal narrowing right and left.The pain has been unbearable. I expierence headaches, pins and needle pain and burning in my neck and shoulders.It is very painful to turn my head from side to side and from . back to front I cannot sit or stand for long periods of time, when I do the burning starts.
Loe Back Woas
Mild levo curvature facet hypertrophy and the lumbosacral
junction.The pain is centered in my low back into right and
left buttocks with leg weakness.
I have been though pain meds, PT and accupuncture and disc
and facet injections c4/c7 nothing has helped. I am
wondering if anyone has some advice for me.

thanks and gos bless


  • That's rough you've had pain for so long with no relief. Have you seen a Neurologist with your leg weakness? I was able to see a Neurologist the same day I had the EMG/Nerve test that my Primary Dr. ordered for me.

    Have you had a 2nd opinion from an Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon? I've seen 3 Pain Management Drs for their opinions and different treatments. Don't give up and keep looking for a Doctor to help you.

    Mainly my problems are lumbar but I have C6 and C7 have nerve impinging but Cymbalta and the pain medications seem to help. No Dr. will operate on me. Take care and prayers you find a Dr. to help you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Have you consulted with a spine doctor regarding your MRI results? What do they say?

    Since you're having severe symptoms, I think you need to get yourself to a spine specialist and see what they suggest. You need to start getting some information on your condition and treatment options.

  • Thanks so much for the replies, I just had new films taken on 6.23.10 due to a injury at work on 6.21. I have a sedetary job sitting at a desk but after this injury I don't think I am able to do this any longer.
    I am wondering if anyone else had a episodes of muscle spasms in the neck and upper back area?
    My problem now is I am new to the city where I live
    I do not have insurance and I do not have a PCP.My current employer is sending me to P/T but they do not know my medical history, I have been in and out of P/T for several years with very little relief from the muscle spasms. I don't mean to sound negative but I know I am very close to the fusion that I have been dreading, but at least I have current films I just wish they could have been obtained under different circumstances.
    Thanks againn for the well wishes.

  • careful turning your neck my disk between c-5 and 6 decided to hide in the spinal coilumn and every time i turned my head I was scraping the nerve that controls my left arm. I was down to 20% use of the arm and had to run tens unit all the time to fight the muscles from doing their own thing. Pain was off the charts!!
  • Thanks..i've had some P/T but I just got my results from my recent xray. I was told by two doc's that i need a fusion from C3 to C7 because of the DJD and the neuroforaminal narrowing. The pins and needle pain is scary stuff.C1/C2 are still intact Doe's it ever end?
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