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fractured cervical bulging, and herniated disc's

ts14fantts14fan Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm sorry for the long post, I felt more information I could give would be more helpful in getting me out of pain, and knowing what to ask for next as far as treatment. I hurt so bad, and I really can't take the pain and need to help controlling.

Hi, I was injured back in the end of March of this year when while working on a car, the hood support failed and the hood came down on the back of my skull giving me a moderate concussion, as well as a cut. I was told by my manager I didn't need immediate medial treatment, to go home and rest and then go to the company doctor the next day. I understand I should've persisted, but I was going in and out and hazy at the time.

The next day I went to the doctor (I'll leave them nameless). Told them what happened, and the doctor said I had a moderate concussion, and whiplash without ordering an xray or any further testing. They then sent me home and said come back in a week after tehy gave me prescription for pain killers(don't remember what). During this week, my neck and severe headaches/migraines got worse, went back and told them. I've been kept off work since then for severe headaches/migraines, vertigo, and other Post concussion symptoms while still complaining about sever neck pain and not receiving anything but muscle relaxants for the pain.

Finally, and I swear I'm telling the truth nearly 6-7 months later, he ordered xray's and found that my cervical spine curvature was backwards, and ordered another MRI for the skull and neck area. This then relieved that I had an Cervical Fracture that had "healed" as well as and I'll list whats on the report.

"Endplate osteophytes are present at C6-7. Multilevel loss of disc space height and disc desiccation are present"(Just curious if someone could put this in laymans terms please)

It goes on to read.
C2-3: No herniated disc. Posterior annular tear. Widely patent spinal canal or neural foramina.

C3-4: No posterior herniated disc. Posterior annular tear. Widely patent spinal canal or neural foramina

C4-5: Tiny posterior herniated disc. Posterior annular tear. A widely patent spinal canal or neural foramina

C5-6: Tiny Posterior herniated disc. Posterior annular tear. Widely patent spinal canal and neural foramina

C6-7: Minimal posterior bulging/herniated disc. Posterior annular tear. Widely patent spinal and neural foramina

C7-T1: No posterior herniated disc.

1. Small multilevel posterior herniated discs. Multilevel degenerative disc disease. Widely patent spinal canal and neural foramina.

Now, I've never once ever hurt my neck. In the past 6 months, I've had bulging and herniated disc's. I went through a vigorous physical therapy session for almost a month and a half with this, is there possible permanent damage done by not being in a brace, or missing this completely for that long?



  • Just because it says "tiny" does not really mean it is nothing. My MRI said "small" and when my neurosurgeon looked at the actual images he said it was "medium" and then when I actually had the surgery it was "extremely herniated". It also depends on where it is herniated. Some small herniated discs cause a lot of pain and some huge herniated discs cause no pain.

    I also have a reversal of the lordatic curve.

    Have you done any physical therapy? Have you seen a Physical medicine and rehabilitation or pain management doctor? Have you consulted with a surgeon?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • What kind of doctor have you been seen by? Have they referred you to an orthopedic doctor or neurosurgeon? Only my opinion and I am not a doctor, but I think you should be seen by someone else to clarify your problem. Take along your xrays and MRI report.

    Let us know what you find out.

    BTW: are you having any arm pain?

  • Retrolisthesis..when I first heard this term, reverse curvature of spine, and received my MRI, it was scary and confusing. As the previous posts state , first is to find a Specialist, a neuro or ortho , I saw both . The Doc. will explain results and recommendations for therapy and/or surgery. What I found in addition to internet research was visiting this site. Conditions of the neck can be ongoing for many of us, and living w/chronic pain an absolute life changer. Please visit and share there is helpful support in this blog.
  • Right now I've only seen a company doctor who is a normal regular doctor. I've also seen a ENT who's trying to help me with my vertigo. I haven't been referred to a Neurosurgeon, or orthopedic back doctor who specializes in the neck, but if anyone knows of a very good one that accepts wc in California that would be awesome I'm willing to travel to where ever to get the best care.

    I have had done physical therapy for a couple of weeks, just day's after this happened without knowing I had basically a broken neck(fractured cervical). But haven't since for almost 4-5 months now. My upper arm muscles have been sore, but not sure if that's related to my neck injury, and my shoulders have been killing me since day 1.

    The thing I'm truly concerned about(besides my health) is that I have lost all confidence in my doctor except for my ENT who truly does care and believe in what he is doing. I don't have personal insurance so I don't have a PCP, and have been in pain bad enough the last couple nights to where I've wanted to go to the ER. Also I'm nervous about starting all over if I had to switch to a new wc doc.

    Just really nervous, I'm soon to be turning 21..wanted to play football this year, but it looks like I'll more than likely never play again. Besides that, I'm also worried about jobs I won't be able to hold in the future, after this injury.
  • First it is important to find the specialist which can give you the diagnosis/treatment you need. General docs are not trained for the cervical disc problems those of us on this forum describe. All of us may have similar issues, however we have different injuries,and conditions and healing is an individualized process, with a zillion variables. You are a young person, therefore it is suggested to be proactive now so you can benefit from best care practices. It is also important to give your body healing time. An investment in taking some time off now from football and other sports activities, can make a difference later in life. As for your description of neck/shoulder pain, these are symptoms which are absolutely related to cervical issues, however w/o the MRI and/or other recommended tests, it cannot be definitive in your case. From my understanding the forum rules cannot allow us to recommend docs..nor give any medical advice..we are only patients on this frustrating journey, trying to understand and live with spine conditions. Keep coming back ..the support is here to validate you through your process..we care and understand.
  • Perhaps you could ask this Company doc if you might need to see a neuro or ortho doctor. He must know you are not doing better. Oftentimes they do not like being asked this but be polite and see what he says. You are young and could have a very good healing if seen by the right doctors and diagnosed correctly. Let us know how you continue to do.


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