This will be my first post. I have had pain in my neck and back that radiates to other areas since 2006. I used to go hiking work 12-16 hours a day, I always had energy and the only pain besides the occasional back ache was due to migraines. I was thrown off a ladder from about 10 feet up landed on the cement foundation corner ( right on my tail bone ), right after that a 18 ft. 2x6 from about 20 feet up was dropped on my head from a co-worker that was on his cell phone on top of the roof we were working on. Here are my MRI results-
MRI L-spine WO cont. 11/06/2008
1. Minimal DDD at L4-5 and L5-S1 with 3mm posterior central broad based disc protrusion at these two levels without causing spinal canal compromise.
2. Mild degenerative facet joint hypertrophy in the lumbar spine causing mild neural foraminal compromise at L4-5.
3. No acute fracture or subluxation.
4. Mild increased lumbar lordosis at lumbosacral junction.
MRI C-spine WO cont. 11/03/2008
1. A 3mm focus of high intensity within the cervical cord at the level of C6 suggesting myelomalacia. Contrast MRI or followup is recommended.
MRI C-spine W/WO cont. 1/29/2009
1. Small focus of myelomalacia or syrinx within the cervical cord at C6 likely, which could be related to prior trauma.
I was getting treated for pain and going to a pain clinic back in California. I recently had to move to Oregon. When I started going to doctors here they told me I shouldn't be in pain, or any significant pain to require pain medication. They stopped the pain medication I was taking for over a year DEAD. I went through the hell of withdrawal. I live in a small town and have very limited choice of doctors. I finally found someone willing to help, a little. The person I'm seeing is a P.A. to the doctor who stopped me dead so she can only do so much for me without his repercussions. I had another set of MRI's done recently upon request of a nuero doc. for my neck and head. The MRI of the head is fine they say, for the neck it's about the same except now it's 5mm instead of 6mm or 3mm from the previous ones. The only other new thing on my MRI of the neck was now they saw mild anterior loss of height of the C5 vertebra. I'm sorry for such a long message, but I feel like I'm going crazy I know I hurt but the Docs here are making me feel like it's all in my head. If anyone could comment on their opinions on the matter it would be very much appreciated. Thank you so much for taking time to read all this.