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Can a break in the dura (the skin of the cord) be seen on an MRI?

Kat123KKat123 Posts: 3
I have a photo in my MRI that looks like the Dura or skin of the cord was pinched between two vertebrae and possibly torn.

I had constant vomiting for 4 years along with a non stop migraine (Jesus got off easy in the pain dept) and believe that I was leaking CSF through my nose. I could not stand for more than a few minutes at a time.

I had very severe pressure on the main cord at c6 c7 disc level and also bone spurs growing in both foramina canals at the c6 c7 disc level, creating a block in all three holes (one on top of the nerve and one under the nerve at the c6 c7 disc level.

The vomiting went away after the surgery, but now I have constant severe neck pain at the surgery site.
I had a fushion with a cadaver bone and a titanium plat and two screws, but I think that since this is the pivot point of my neck that I either have a spinal cord injury of the dura or I have a hairline crack at the disc level forming because I did not get a rod.

It has been 1 yr 4 mo since my surgery and I am not able to work or live a normal life. I have a great diet, but the pain never leaves me and I can't exercise my arms or do much activity without increasing my pain level in my neck.

Since the MRI pics are not 3D and are sliced, how can these doctors even see if there is a break or dura abnormality???

Also how can they see a hairline crack in the MRI's. I talked to the doctor that read my MRI and wrote the MRI report and he told me that there was a special MRI that would reveal such a hairline crack, but it was not the MRI that I got. I can't remember what MRI type he was referring to.

I have increased pain when dropping my chin and feel like it is pulling on the screws.

I have a slight stinoses in all the vertebras c1-c6 that was not corrected and I think that creates a drag on my cord when dropping my chin and since the pivot point of my neck was almost all at c6 c7 I am beginning to thing that is creating a problem with my fusing especially because I did not get a rod. Why didn't he put in a rod.

Did any of you get a rod when one level was done???

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