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My neck is in bad shape

snoopyssnoopy Posts: 9
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I have severe degenerative disk disease at C2-3, 4-5, 6-7. There is mild anterolisthesis of C3 on 4, and C7 on T1. Medium to large anterior spurs are present at each level and there are also osteophytes at the uncovertebral joints at every level and is moderately severe at 5-6 bilaterally. Facet arthrosis is present at all levels and is sever at C3-4 bilaterally where large osteophytes a project into the foramina. Opinion Severe degenerative disk disease and severe arthrosis with foraminal narrowing which is most sever at C3-4 bilaterally. There may be mild neck instability as there is slight anteriolisthesis at several levels, likely related to the degenerative disk disease. I have trouble swallowing, and choking. I also have a multinodular goiter. I have other symptoms like my arms go dead and at the same time severe pain in them, from the wrists up to the shoulders..I believe it is a combination of several things. Could the osterophytes be pushing on the thyroid and causing a problem for me as far as difficulty swallowing. It is serious. Sometimes I feel like I'm sufficating.. I have had so many tests done and they can't figure out what is wrong.. ??????Please help. I need some advice and information.. Thanks Darlene


  • Hello Darlene,

    And a Hearty Welcome to Spine Health!! :) Since you obviously have the report, are you set up to have a follow up with a spine specialist? MRI's and such reports can by scary, but it is just a piece of the diagnostic puzzle. A bad report has to be compared to your symptoms.

    We aren't doctors here, just fellow pain and spine patients, so just giving our insights here. Many areas of my MRI images are scary, but not all was symptomatic if that helps. Have you had any nerve conduction studies done yet to isolate where the nerve issues are coming from? I'm sorry your having issues, and so hope you have a spine specialist to explain it all, and too examine you, and any other tests as needed. Unfortunately, spines are not clear cut many times for diagnosis - especially if a lot is going on.

    Please let us know how it goes, and again, Welcome aboard!! *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Where are they done?..What Specialist orders them?.. Can anything be done with severe neck problems like mine.. Sorry I'm very upset and in a lot of pain..Any information would help, I just don't know much about this disk disease. All I know is that I have no support from anyone other than this site.. I am so happy to have found other people that can understand what I'm going through. I worry about my neck freezing up or worse. Thanks for the support.. Darlene
  • Howdy Darlene,

    An MRI can be totally NASTY and the patient has like... no symptoms, and yet another can have other issues, and present with all kinds of pain. So I guess what I am putting out there, is don't take the MRI as a "Gold standard", never works that way! :)

    As for the nerve conduction and such, any doctor can order it, but most commonly it is a Orthopedic surgeon or a Neurologist. Since they are the ones wanting to "see" what is going on. So far for "me" all have been by the Ortho or Neuro... Hope that helps.... :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You've found a great place to come for information throughout the site and support and shared experiences from the forum members.

    Who ordered your MRI? Usually, the one who orders it goes over it with you, but sometimes it works a little differently, like in my case, my PCP ordered my MRI and after looking at the images, she sent me to a surgeon. She wasn't qualified to delve deeply into the cervical problems I was experiencing. The surgeon I found is the one who looked over the images and explained to me what was going on and formed a plan of action.

    FYI, my surgeon is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, an ortho, who specializes in severe neck problems and fixing botched cervical surgeries.

    I'm a little confused as to why you don't have someone that's explaining to you what's happening, what your MRI shows in conjunction with your symptoms and helping you find a plan of action.

    So, if you haven't taken your images to a spine specialist or had multiple opinions, that's what I would suggest. Finding someone who specializes in the spine and can talk with you about what you're experiencing and what the imaging shows. They might even order more testing, and/or in most cases, try conservative measures to see if something can help.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • I was wondering if anyone has the same problem I do. With all my neck problems I was wondering if my difficulty swallowing and choking on my food is because of it.. I also have a goiter. My neck is severe and I wonder if the spurs are possibly obstructing my food and air tubes. Thanks. It is very scary. Sometimes when I eat the food won't go up or down when I try to swallow..They have done so many tests, the thyroid specialist doesn't think that my goiter is causing this, but ,maybe with the degenerative disk disease in my neck it causes some kind of blockage?? I'm in terrible pain and I know that a lot of nerves are pinched in my neck. I walk around like I'm drunk sometimes. Lack of balance and I slur my words sometimes, my S's. It almost feels like a stroke or seizure. I think it's my neck. It is very scary.. Any advice or help would be appreciated. Thanks Snoopy
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