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Spinal spurs

Jus085JJus085 Posts: 5
edited 12/20/2014 - 2:33 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone.

18months or so ago I was involved in an accident at work, I was hit from behind with a forklift. After going a few days with only mild pain things went back to normal.Until 6 months ago when I was lifting something at work I experienced a sharp pain which radiated from neck to shoulder. Since then I have had physio, meds a ct, X-ray and an MRI. The X-Ray showed that I have a chipped c7 (3or so months ago) and I had an MRI this week which showed I have mild spurs on my c1 and c2. I am currently on nerve medication because both my physio and gp think I may have nerve damage or pinching somewhere due to some of my symptoms (head aches, slight right arm pains and loss of strength, constant pressure at the base of my neck and radiating pain through my neck and right shoulder)

I dot really know what I am asking here. But would anyone be able to shed some light on what I should do about the bone spurs at least? I am in a constant state of discomfort and mild to, I guess 7/10 pain.. Will the spurs grow if proper action isn't taken? My gp has put me on lyrica which is a nerve medication and has said give it a try for a few weeks to see how it goes but I may need to visit a neurosurgeon or a pain management specialist... I Have been off and on light duties at work for 5 or so months. I work in a coolstore (1-5deg) and my job mostly consists of manual work such as, lifting, pushing etc.

Thanks in advance for any info.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    edited 12/20/2014 - 3:17 AM
    cause moderate pain and are not taken care of unless there is a surgery performed in the general area.

    For example, I had many bone spurs on my shoulders. Painful, yes, but lived like that for years. When I had to have my shoulders totally replaced with implants, the surgeon while doing that surgery, removed the bone spurs.

    I cant say that I have heard of a surgery just to remove bone spurs. For athletes, yes, especially pitchers or anyone depending on their amr (assuming the spur is in the elbow)

    But anytime nerves are involved, that can become a serious matter. Besides the bone spurs, did any of the diagnostic tests show any disc related problem that could be impinging a nerve root? Nerve problems almost always need to be addressed. The longer left untreated, the longer the recovery period can be..

    But this is really up to your doctor to determine the severity of your situation. What is their recommendation?
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • then your next step should be to see a board certified spine surgeon for evaluation and a treatment plan if the physical therapy fails to address the problems.
    As Ron explained, if there is nerve involvement, then there may be something more that can be done to address the issues and fix them, but the best option is to see a surgeon for a consult.

  • Jus085JJus085 Posts: 5
    edited 12/20/2014 - 4:56 AM
    Thankyou for the advice. There has been no definite nerve involvement yet. However both the physio and doctor believe there is something somewhere... In regards to the bone spurs, that something which is likely to have occurred over time after being knocked with the forklift? I did read somewhere inflation can cause spurs?.. I am only 29 and definitely don't want to be hindered by current pain for the rest of my life.
  • The doctor has recommended I take lyrica for 2 weeks to see what effect it has. If it doesn't give the desired result he will refer me to see a neurosurgeon or a pain management specialist. He is happy to refer me now. It I'd like to see how the meds go - there is a 3or so month wait to see a surgeon
  • of the medication and the dosages need to be adjusted slowly, so if it does not provide you much relief in the beginning, talk to your doctor about possibly increasing the dosage, however make sure to only do that under the guidance of your doctor.
  • Thanks sandi. It is actually helping already. However the pain come back in the morning and then again in the afternoons. I have been taking one tablet before bed. Is this a good indication that there is some sort of nerve problem?
  • then yes, it could very well be a nerve involved........
  • Jus085JJus085 Posts: 5
    edited 12/20/2014 - 7:22 AM
    That's a shame.. So I guess best step would definitely be a visit to see a neurosurgeon?
  • Seeing a surgeon doesn't always mean that surgery is necessary but they are in the best position to make the determination based on the images, your symptoms to determine whether staying on the Lyrica is a good option or if further treatment may be necessary..
    It will put your mind at ease, knowing the answer, one way or another.
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