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Images of my MRI scan

cindy2015ccindy2015 Posts: 26
edited 08/24/2015 - 11:14 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi there, please could anyone be able to look at these images and comment whether they look similar to scans you have had, or whether you think they look bad? I have disc bulges from C4-C7, and canal stenosis at C7 and left nerve root impingement.
I feel ready to opt for surgery now but my hospital in Salford UK keep making me wait, also tell me that I am not a good candidate for surgery. I don't actually know why I am not a good candidate, but it scares me to death.


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  • I wish I could believe the surgeons when they say my disc problem does not need operating on yet. With feeling off-balanced and having a feeling of blood rushing and being out of breath when I bend forward, it makes me think they are missing something? Scans lying down could miss what happens as you move and bend, I am going to ask for a weight bearing scan next month, but I bet they say no. Grrrrr can't diagnose myself, but somehow know this is gettibg worse. :-( frustrating.
  • TWynnBTTWynnB Posts: 265
    edited 08/27/2015 - 6:29 AM
    A flex/extended MRI might be revealing as well. It doesn't look like your cord is compressed on these views but close to it on the sagittals, but your axials are pretty boring - in my untrained opinion.
    Have you sought out a second opinion? Is your neuro exam normal?

    6.03 You agree not to respond to any request for analysis of diagnostic tests (ie MRI, CTScans, EMG, etc.)
    Nobody on the forum is medically qualified or permitted to give advice any responses will be based on members personal experiences only

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  • cindy2015ccindy2015 Posts: 26
    edited 08/27/2015 - 6:30 AM
    I saw a neurosurgeon and he did basic tests like watching me walk in a straight line, follow his pen with my eyes, reflexes etc... I had a brain scan MRI in 2012 which came back normal, except they said there was some bright spots whichcould be superficial. I will ask for a different scan, but on the NHS in the UK it is like getting blood out of a stone getting any help. I am feeling off-balanced when bending or looking down, it might be that a different scan will show more. Out of curiosity what do you mean my axials look boring? :-D
    Thank you for your input.

    6.02 You agree not to ask for any analysis or interpretation of diagnostic tests (ie MRI, CTScans, EMG, etc.),
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  • BManBBMan Posts: 113
    edited 08/27/2015 - 11:36 AM
    cindy2015 said:
    I feel ready to opt for surgery now but my hospital in Salford UK keep making me wait, also tell me that I am not a good candidate for surgery. I don't actually know why I am not a good candidate, but it scares me to death.
    You know, just last Monday, I went to see my own neurosurgeon. I always invite my wife along for the big appointments because there is ALWAYS information I miss or interpret incorrectly. (It's actually amazing what I hear versus what the doctor says. I expect a large part of it is because I am so emotionally invested.) Anyways, on this appointment, I came with a list of questions but didn't ask them all, which I regretted. So, on Tuesday, I called the clinic back. They really surprised me by forwarding me to the clinic manager, who reviews every case. I had already written my question down (I get nervous and flustered), and she was able to explain to me what constitutes a "spinal" emergency and how I could get help from them even if I needed to get checked out at an ER. I even wrote down the 3 conditions she told me are reason to visit an ER.

    I encourage you to call back the clinic you went to. Maybe you can speak with a PA or the manager. It's a shot in the dark, but you could be pleasantly surprised to talk with someone who will help you to understand why you're not a good candidate for surgery (if that is the case).
  • BMan, thank you so much for your post. I always take my husband, he actually asks more questions than I do. But you still only have minutes and we both don't get all our questions out. My appointment is next month and I will do what you have advised if they won't explain everything to me. It is truly awful being left in the dark, the neurologist asked me why they haven't offered me an operation? I said that I did not know, he thought it was wrong as he could see my quality of life has greatly suffered because of this. One good thing is that because I had complained to PALS about not being seen within the 18 weeks they promise, when the secretary told me the other day that the surgeon I am under has cancelled 50% of his appointments this year, she still fit me in. I guess if you push a little they can see you.
    I am too soft for my own good, so when they fob me off I just go home and cry. The frustration is building because I know I haven't been taken seriously, yet suffer greatly a lot of the time.
  • aimee roseaaimee rose Posts: 18
    edited 08/28/2015 - 8:57 PM
    You poor thing! I truly feel for you and your situation. Have you been checked by any other physicians? Either for a second opinion, is that an option in the UK? Perhaps it isn't spinal related, as in your dizziness upon bending down, etc.. If I was you, I'd also have a physical done, just to check all your bases..
  • cindy2015ccindy2015 Posts: 26
    edited 08/29/2015 - 3:37 AM
    Thank you amie rose, I have had numerous blood tests, brain scan, nerve conduction tests and that's it really . I don't know what other tests can be done, when I bend and get a blood rushing sensation and feel off-balanced, I think it is down to the stenosis at C7. I am keen to be scanned in different positions to see if this shows cord compression at that level. They are not very helpful in the UK, at least [edit] has come to a diagnosis of 'go take pills and go away' approach. But it took me a long time to get over taking pregabalin which caused loads of problems for me. They left me taking pregabalin, omeprazole, naproxen and tramadol for three years solid without even thinking about the side effects I was having. I stopped taking a lot of drugs because the bad outweighed the good. Pharmacists used to stop me and say I was taking a lot and that I should really have a review of my medication. Doctors here are keen to prescribe and do very little. I believe if I had medical insurance I would have been offered an operation or a more accurate diagnosis would be done a lot sooner.
    It isn't that I want to rush into an operation, its just difficult to be out of work and not feel up to much. Hubby looks after me well, I am a very lucky woman in that respect. I hate to moan about things because I actually do feel really lucky, love life and see the world in a good light. Pain has an awful effect on the brain sometimes, and I can feel quite cross at how little help you get in these situations at times.
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