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New to forum, neck problems

theresettherese Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone! I recently posted but decided I should establish my newness to the forum. I've been having neck pain for a year and a half which came on pretty much out of no where. MRI and X-Rays of last year showed c4-c5 as well as c5-c6 central disc protrusion, and spondylolisthesis of c4-c5.

Did physical therapy for a few months, didn't seem to help during, but pain lessened significantly for a good 6 months. A month ago, neck pain came back really strong. And worse than before. I'm only 17 with no history of neck trauma. No doctors have any explanation of what could have caused this. New batch of tests show a 3mm spondylolisthesis at c2-c3 on the MRI, but the X-Rays says no evidence of spondylolisthesis.

Anyone have any idea why they would conflict eachother like that? Also, the c4-c5 spondylolisthesis revealed on last years X-Rays is nowhere to be found on any tests from this year. I am wondering why all these tests are showing different and conflicting results. Has that happened to any of you? I also have a reversal of cervical lordosis. The spinal surgeon I saw said this is normal Disc degeneration. I can't seem to agree that this is normal for someone my age. Confused and scared. Anyone with any input, or similar conditions, replys are greatly appreciated.


  • Sorry to hear all this is happening while you're so young. Has your Dr. sent you to a Neurologist yet? I hope more testing will be able to show things more clearly for you and hope an Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon will be able to give you more answers and some treatment options.

    I've had reversal of cervical lordosis and disc impinging on a nerve and have gotten by for more than 20 years of Physical therapy and some medications in my case. Maybe seeing a sports medicine Dr. (Physiatrist) can help as well as more Physiotherapy will help but your Doctors will be able to let you know more.

    I have symptoms in my lower back that don't line up to the tests I have also and can be hard to understand. I hope your Drs will help you through this. Keep looking for a Dr. that will help if your symptoms cause you pain or numbness. Take care. 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
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. not all tests show up anything at all sometimes, so don't be confused by this.. find one good doctor and let him read your tests and give you your diagnosis.. then get a second opinion... i was injured when i was 16 and so i know how scary it is and what it is like to not feel well with high school going on around you!! it is a hard, difficult time therese! please stop by the forum anytime you have any questions.. i am sure someone will stop by with more knowledge about your neck issues than i have.. good luck to you! Jenny :)
  • hello to both of you and thanks for responding. Also sorry i've taken so long to respond. I have not been on this site in a few months. Thanks for the support and suggestions.I have seen an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon but he was very dismissive and barely even looked at my reports. I was pretty in shock. I am currently seeing a neurologist who also does not think the disc bulgues/ spondy are causing my pain. just had an EMG which was said to be normal. So, I am very at a loss here...
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