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mommy3boysmmommy3boys Posts: 1
edited 11/12/2013 - 9:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I am glad i found this forum, and am hoping to get some insight/advice from members.

Brief history: I am now 36 years old. I had a cervical discectomy done when I was 29. PT, injections, traction, etc. all failed. the pain was better for about a year after surgery, and a lot of my arm (left side) issues got a little better. Since then, it has all returned. Constant pain in neck/shoulder/arm - thumb, pointer and middle finger tingly. New symptom of left side facial pins and needles feeling. Saw a new Dr. , we recently moved. He said he would help me. Put me on Percocet for the pain and baclofen for the spasms. he knew we didn't have insurance and promised to help me until we got it. Well, after 3 months of seeing me and treating me, he stopped - cold turkey. Even though I had an MRI done like he requested. he is refusing to help me, and is expecting me to get right in to a pain clinic. I told him i filled out the paperwork and it's a 2-3 month wait for new patients... so here i sit, with my heating pad... that's it. i have 3 young children to take care of, I'm a stay at home mom. My youngest recently turned one. I was hoping for any input you may have on my MRI results:

Study Result

Neck pain left arm pain.

Sagittal T1-T2 and STIR imaging. Axial T2 imaging.

C2-3: Normal.
C3-4: No significant disc disease. Mild facet arthropathy. Spinal canal and foramina are patent.
C4-5: Mild annular bulging. Mild facet arthropathy. Spinal canal and foramina are patent.
C5-C6: Left paracentral disc osteophyte protrusion impinges the left ventral cervical cord with mild spinal canal narrowing. Mild to moderate facet arthropathy. Mild left and no significant right foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7: Left paracentral protrusion with indentation on the left ventral cervical cord with mild spinal canal narrowing. Mild left and no significant right foraminal narrowing. Prior laminotomy.
C7-T1: Normal. Visualized upper thoracic cord is normal. Normal brainstem structures.

1. Straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. Cord signal is normal.
2. Left paracentral disc protrusion C5-C6 and C6-C7 with indentation on the left ventral cervical cord worse at C6-7. This results in mild spinal canal narrowing. Cord signal remains normal.
3. Mild left foraminal narrowing C5-C6 and C6-C7.

thanks all for taking the time to read this and any input you may have. I am at my wits end. i am in so much pain. Tylenol. aleeve, ibuprofen not touching it.




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  • ten years plustten years plus Posts: 4
    edited 11/13/2013 - 9:30 PM
    know what your going through, have similar MRI results, have constant physical discomfort to unholy pain, regular super headaches lasting up to 36hrs, vomiting of up 9hrs, know you are not alone, what helps me are ( in Canada) oxycodone, ibuprofen but raises blood pressure, doctors/surgeons don't like to operate, nothing they offer can really fix pain symptoms so do a lot of your own research, cousin's wife a physical therapist she says light therapy devices will be future , father bought one for me and helps, lady who showed him the one she had cured her of pain for near broken back, mine is a scalar wave laser problem is really expensive, careful with physical therapists as they can make things worse, no easy solutions just take control of your own care don't rely on medical professionals, support groups help, any local community programs like Living Well with Chronic Conditions. I avoid anti-depressants as two made life way worse, hope you the best
  • D HendricksDD Hendricks Posts: 5
    edited 11/15/2013 - 11:40 AM
    If you are having as much pain as you described, it doesn't sound like your MRI was done very well, or at least, not read well.
    Get a CD copy of your MRI. You didn't say where you live. Having three young children is not helping you. You definitely need rest. Do you have any family member who can help watch the children? Where is your husband? Surely he can care for them when he is home.
    You are in luck, since Obamacare has begun...sign up for it. If you have no money and can't afford ins, you might be eligible for Medicaid. So, if you are below poverty level, don't bother to check the health website, go straight to Medicaid. Evidently, everyone can sign up for it; so, get yourself down there. If you must take your children, so be it. Perhaps there will be someone to take pity on you and help you watch them.
    Good luck.
  • My MRI didn't show up anything except for the obvious. If it was me I would get a weight bearing MRI. I know people disagree with me but if you are in pain and have a prone MRI - your body probably looks normal as it must go back into the normal position, especially if you get comfort from lying flat. I have researched a lot. If you are interested I will PM you the links for the studies. I know a lot of people here disagree with me but am sure that was why only the obvious was picked up on the prone MRI, which was not the correct vertebrae causing all the pain. I know there are many weight bearing MRI's in the US. You can see the difference on You Tube and there are some good studies by FONAR who make both MRI's so they should not be biased.
  • I too am new to this forum. Being an Australian resident of Asian descent, please pardon my English. I am surprised to see so many people with cervical disc issues and sorry to hear that you are in pain mommy3boys. I was the front seat passenger in car accident in 2005 which broke my nose. But at that time I didn't have issue with my neck. 7 years down the track one day I just started feeling numb in my pinky fingers. Got a MRI and it turned out I had a massive disc herniation at C3/4 and the surgeon said it is more likely the result of a whiplash. So I underwent an ACDF at that level. I am now 10 months after the surgery and feel normal. The doctor was shocked by the size of the herniation and my symptom was just numb fingers. He attributed it to the nerve system's ability to compensate being a younger person (30 yo).

    Although I am pain free now I still pay a lot of attention in protecting my neck as I am also aware of adjacent segment degeneration after ACDF. I know strong neck muscle and swimming can help. Any thoughts?

    I hope you find success and relief mommy3boys.
    December 2005 MVA
    February 2013 C3/4 ACDF
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