My name is Ryan, aged 27. In 2009, I had a major car accident. It left me with thoracic spinal trauma.
I have 4 vertebral compression fractures T3, 4, 5, and 6, bone spurs (at T3/T4,T5,T6), hyper-kyphosis, intervertebral disc degeneration (at T3/T4), a curving calcifcation along the fibrous tissues of the facet joints (at T10/T11) and degenerative osteoarthritis of the thoracic spine.
I also have intermittent paresthesia of the thoracic spine- numbing, tingling, prickling, pins and needles.
Apart from the burning, throbbing, pounding, aching pain of the bones, I also have severe neurological pain- stinging, stabbing, shooting, sharp pains.
I'm due to have an MRI scan on Tuesday.
I actually have 2 questions. I hope that is okay. By the way, I just signed up. This is my first post.
Question1: Are these problems considered serious/severe? If all these problems keep deteriorating, what will become of my thoracic spine, and will there be further complications with the paresthesia?
Question2: What will an MRI show that an X-ray and CT scan won't?
Thanks for your time.
Yours Sincerely, Mr. R.G. Hayes,