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Disc injuries from c2-c7 AND L2-L5/s1. Questions about treatment.

kadebraylenkkadebraylen Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Just got my MRI results back today .. This is the basis of it;
c2-c3: central disk protrusion. mild central spinal.
c3-c4: broad-based disc bulge. mild central spinal & left greater than right neural foranimal stenosis.
c4-c5: broad-based disc bulge. mild central spinal
c5-c6: broad-based disc bulge. mild central spinal & left neural foraminal stenosis.
c6-c7: broad-based disc bulge
Degenerative changes most significant at c2-c3 & c3-c4. disk desiccation at c2-c3 & c3-c4

l2-l3: broad based disc bulge, mild central spinal stenosis. mild bilateral neural fornimal stenosis
l3-l4: broad based disc bulge, mild to moderate central spinal stenosis. mild bilateral neural fornimal stenosis.
l4-l5: broad based disc bulge. mild central spinal stenosis, mild bilateral.
l5-s1: broad based disc bulge. mild central spinal stenosis
mild degenerative changes most significant at l3-l4 & l4-l5.

I'm only 25. There have been no "major" injuries/accidents. I was in a car accident 3 1/2 years ago which resulted in no injuries. I'm unsure of how or why there are so many issues occuring. Does anyone have any experience with this many "disc injuries?" I'm being referred to a pain management and spine specialist next week. I've been in PT for 3 weeks, on a muscle relaxer as well as Tramadol. No relief. numbness/burning/tingling in right arm. pain in neck/head/upper back. muscle spasms in right upper back/shoulder/neck and now right leg. general leg weakness. nausea, dizziness, extreme pressure at back of head/skull base.

The MRI seems intimidating.. The amount of issues & all. I'm worried that even if they get some of the symptoms under control with the injections, that it will cause me more issues down the line?


  • After the car accident, were you brought to the hospital for examination? I'm not saying your problems are from the accident, but it's possible. Are you or were you involved in a lot of sports with high impact? This could be a factor. Do you sit in front of a computer for hours on end without a break? All of these factors can possibly cause too much stress/injury on the spine. You have a lot of the same symptoms I had before surgery. Definitely see a spine specialist and get your pain under control. Good luck and I hope you find relief soon! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I hope you are able to get your symptoms under control with the injections, I previously never experienced relief from them in my lumbar region. I had a bulging disc and stenosis at the L4/L5 level that resulted in cauda equina syndrome, leaking spinal fluid after a microdiscectomy, followed by another back surgery to repair the the leak, all during 2011. I still have sciatica, muscle spasms and cramps, pain, and other personal issues resulting from the cauda equina syndrome. In January, after over 6 months of fighting my insurance to get an MRI of my cervical region, I was diagnosed with the following:

    Overall Impression: Multilevel degenrative changes, most significant at C6/7 where an extrusion abuts spinal cord. Abutment of exiting nerve roots and severe stenosis of spinal canal and neural formaina. Large osteophyte complex.

    C2/3: Disc dessication, loss of height.
    C3/4: Disc dessication, loss of height. Central/posterior lateral disc bulge. Moderate narrowing of right neural foramen. Mild uncinate hypertrophy.
    C4/5: Disc dessication, loss of height. central/posterolateral disc bulges. Narrowing of lateral recesses. Right neuroforamina is narrowed due to bony spurring and facet arthropathy.
    C5/6: Disc dessication, loss of height. Broad disc bulge plus small posterolateral bulges and bony spurs. Right greater than left neural lateral recesses narrowed. Moderate narrowing of right neural foramina. Facet arthropathy contributes to narrowing.
    C6/7: Disc dessication, loss of height, and endplate changes present. Large diffuse 9 mm osteophyte complex formation with a large inferior disc extrusion extending 22 mm inferiorly. Severe narrowing of the spinal canal is observed. Abutment of the likely left C7 nerve roots and abutment and deformity of the spinal cord. Mild to Moderate narrowing of the left neural foramina and severely narrowed right neural foramina. Facet arthropathy contributes to narrowing.
    C7/T1: Narrowing of the left lateral recess and neural foramina due to above disc extrusion.

    Due to my insurance, I haven't been able to get any kind of pain relief, just referral after referral. The neurologist said surgery until my insurance stepped in. The neurosurgeon said surgery also until the insurance stepped in, then they said they could only do injections. Now my insurance dropped me, which I look at as a good thing in the long run despite now having to carry the policy myself. Once I have new insurance, I have two options, surgery or injections. I've never had cervical injections, only lumbar injections that did not work. I am young as well, 32 years old, with 5 young kids that keep me running around, no matter the pain I am in so I look forward to relief in some way, shape, or form. Please let me know whether your injections work since our problems our so similar.
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