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X-Ray - neck - pain in shoulder & right arm - numb fingers

WildewomanWWildewoman Posts: 30
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I saw my docotor last week & seh ordered x-ray.

I am a 52 yo female who has a desk job. What do the results mean? Please don't say "old" - I am on Naprosyn & muscle relaxsers.


Degenerative disk disease fairly severe at C5-C6 with narrowing, marginal spurring, and equivocal retrolisthesis. There is also some narrowing and anterior spurring at C6-C7. There is some lateral spurring bilaterally at these levels.



  • I should have added - that the pain started a week ago in my upper right back then went down my arm & my fingers went numb. I never really had pain in the neck.

    It is across my right upper back - the place you rub when you are stressed. :-)

  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Is your doctor sending you out to a spine specialist? Sometimes they will try conservative type treatments first such as physical therapy, injections and massages. As far as what we think they will do it is hard for anyone of us to say, as it will depend on the clinical findings along with the imaging studies. I would also suspect that a MRI is in your future? If a spine specialist is ordered look in the FAQ section and the link preparing to meet with a spine specialist. The consultations are often short so you want to make the best use of your time and be prepared to discus your issues. I would keep a journal of the pain and how it feels, such as burning, stabbing, aching, numb tingling and where it is. Also what makes it better and what makes it worse. Those will be important questions a spine specialist will ask.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. If there is anything I can do don't hesitate to pm me. Take care and keep us posted.
  • No - she hasn't referred me to anyone.

    Maybe I should ask to be referred out? I will look up the FAQ page.

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