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neck pain

TonyalgTTonyalg Posts: 3
edited 07/30/2015 - 11:31 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello All,
I am new to the site but have been reading several post on this site. I have visited other sites trying to find people that have or is still experiencing the things I am currently experiencing with my neck and back. As I was currently reading several post I notice how several people are willing to give their support to other people that are in pain as myself. Also I know any advice/comments/suggestions are only that and not of a professional, medical diagnosis.
I am a 43 year old female that is currently dealing with neck and lower back pain. I am also experiencing numbness, tingling, sharp pain and burning in my lower and upper extremities. I was seen three months ago by a neuro doctor and he tested my nerves and his findings was bilateral ankle clonus, hyperreflexia, and positive Hoffman sign. I recently just took my third MRI on my cervical and lower back exactly on july 18th.

Cervical MRI :
There is marked compression of the cord C3-5 and less prominently at C5-7
Severe forminal stenosis bilaterally at C3-5
Subtle intrasubstance cord signal change at C3-4 but relate to the compression of the cord at this level and minimal myelomalacia.
Canal is diffusely small in a congrnital basis C3-7
Lumbar MRI:
There is a central and right paracentral posterior disc protrusion with annular fissure or tear and what appears to be inferiorly extruded inferior disc material and disc fragment. These findings cause a slight encroachment on the anterior thecal sac and right S1 nerve root origins . Correlate with symptoms.

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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 552
    Have you been seen by a spine doctor after your mri? If not, you need to schedule an appointment with one.
    We are not permitted to comment on test results. After you meet with your doctor, let us know what his plan of action for you is.
    Good luck to you.
  • I went to see neurosurgeon on Monday he is going to do a two level disc replacement on two levels in my neck using Mobi-C he said this is more better for me because of my age.
  • grammaof9ggrammaof9 Posts: 263
    edited 08/05/2015 - 8:03 PM
    Please get a second opinion or maybe a 3rd. I am a big believer in 2nd opinions. I myself had 4 and went to orth and neuro. Surgery looks like a possibility but docs might differ on what kind. I had great University Hospitals within reasonable distance and 1 being 2nd and 5th in the country.
  • I would try to get a second opinion but it's hard to find a doctor that accepts my insurance. I have been dealing with this issue for three years. I have seen orthro surgeon and he told me my problems was coming from my lower back and I asked him could it be coming from my neck he said no. I have seen another neuro surgeon and he also said it was not my neck. I have seen several doctors in 2014 they was most focus on my lower back than neck. I had two MRI on my neck a,nd two MRI on my lower back but my neck was not as bad as it is now so I know my condition is changing pretty fast and I seen a neurologist who tested my nerves and I have ankle clonus, bilateral hoffman, hyperrefexia and these changes started all of sudden because I seen the same neurologist in 2014 and I did not have these nerve problems . I believe the neuro surgeon knew it had to be done immediately because he also tested my nerves and they are getting bad where my hands tremor on their own and my legs are trembling . My walk is starting to get affected also where I had to drag my leg in the morning just to go to the kitchen. my surgery is schedule for August 13th I just hope I regain my strength in my legs and arms and the tremors stop and I can eventually get a good night sleep
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