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Extra Cervical Vertebrae?

My doctor called to give me the results of an Xray i had done for neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, dizziness, etc etc...
Well she told me i have an extra cervical vertebrae. I'm assuming she did NOT mean cervical rib. She wanted me to look into ToS but that deals with an extra cervical rib. Has anyone heard of an extra vertebrae in the neck? If so what symptoms...
I'm a little scared
Thanks for any help!


  • ElyseMSEElyseMS Posts: 1
    edited 02/20/2013 - 10:32 AM
    I have a back injury from a bicycle accident. Bad neck, shoulder, upper back pain & some lower back pain. It often spreads to my arms, hips and legs. Just yesterday, my pinky went entirely numb. So I finally got a couple XRays and saw a pain specialist. According to his assessment of my XRays and spine during the exam, he was able to tell that on top of having myofascial pain syndrome, which is a muscular condition, I have slight scoliosis, and I have an extra cervical vertebrae. It is somewhat common and often causes no trouble, but in my case causes perpetual discomfort and pain. Now I am looking forward to two MRIs and physical therapy and take Ultram, a miłd pain killer/anti-inflammatory and a time released version of Flexerol, a muscle relaxer.
  • funkeffunke Posts: 1
    edited 07/11/2013 - 10:06 AM
    Hey Rini666 and ElyseMS!
    I wonder how are You by now? Was there anything that helped you to ease the pain?

    I have a situation here with a girl friend who has an extra cervical vertebrae and we are looking for solutions, even temporary. If someones sees this message, while researching on the same topic, please write to me at superxtra(at)poczta.fm , we will definitely work something out together, even if it may be a year from now :)
  • I had my 3rd MRI a few weeks back since 2012 and I saw the neurosurgeon & he said that there wasn't anything that surgery would help, guess that's good. I also saw neurologist yesterday and he asked me if anyone has shown me the pics of my MRI and I told him no, so he was nice enough to show me the scan plus explain what was going on. He said that I have an extra vertebra in my neck that he said was C8. I never knew that anyone could have an extra one so I was confused. He also said that explains why I have the numbness in my pinky and half of my ring finger on left side. But also the curvature of my spine isn't right, it looks like a sideways V but not as pointed. Only thing I was told was the numbness was permanently there & they wrote a prescription for Neurontin for the pins and needles feeling I get in my arm. I'm just confused on how come it took 3 MRIs to find out there is an extra vertebra in there.
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