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Neck Bulge c5/c6 but affecting lower body legs. PLEASE HELP!

merilu3mmerilu3 Posts: 1
edited 10/24/2015 - 9:07 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I went on a "family" amusement park ride on 8/4/15 with my 3 year old. It was the biggest mistake in my like. He started to cry and I twisted my head to look at him a couple of times as the ride was spinning around. I didn't realize it until a month later that I got whiplash. That same night I started getting numbness, tingling shock in both my hands AND feet. I went to my primary care a week later with no help and to the ER a week later and they just took an X-ray of my neck and the ER doctor told me I had peripheral neuropathy symptoms and to go see a neurologist. By this time my neck pain started to get stronger and I had an MRI on 9/1 as follows:

Study Result
INDICATION: Chronic pain cervicalgia
TECHNIQUE: Sagittal and axial MR images of the cervical spine
without intravenous contrast.
FINDINGS: Sagittal view vertebral body shows mild kyphosis. Bone
marrow with no evidence of edema. No subluxation.
C2-C3: Unremarkable.
C3-C4: Central protrusion with small central spinal canal
stenosis. Neuroforamina patent.
C4-C5: Broad annular bulge with mild central spinal canal
stenosis. Neuroforamina mildly narrowed bilaterally.
C5-C6: There is right and left paracentral annular protrusion.
Small tissue of slight higher signal adjacent to left-sided
protrusion is between the disc and the longitudinal ligament.
This suggests some possible hemorrhage or fluid and edema.
Overall moderate central spinal canal stenosis with effacement of
ventral and dorsal CSF space. Neuroforamina mildly narrowed on
the right side with slight compression of exiting right C6 nerve.
Left neuroforamina proximally narrowed with compression exiting
left C6 nerve.
C6-C7: Mild annular bulge with mild central spinal canal
stenosis. Neuroforamina patent.
C7-T1: Unremarkable.
1. No compression fracture, bone edema or subluxation.
2. C5-C6 with moderate central spinal canal stenosis from
combination of annular protrusion and small adjacent edema, fluid
or perhaps blood. Bilateral exiting C6 nerve compression.

I had started with physical therapy and have seen two neurologists and a neurosurgeon and they have been dismissing my leg symptoms as being serious because I pass the motor tests for spinal cord compression. But it is affecting my sensory nerves. Both neurologists wanted to put me on anti anxiety medicines because I am anxious. I am anxious because it is not normal for the legs to be affected. I have buzzing in my legs, burning shooting. I also have nerve pain in my pelvic area. I also have all over body twitching. The physical therapy with neck traction provided some relief but then the one neurologist wanted my to stop. So I stopped for 2 weeks and my neck pain became worse. I saw the neurosurgeon this past Tuesday and he said to continue with pt a few more weeks and if it didn't help then do surgery. He also wasn't concerned with my legs when I told him the pain is unbearable. I live in the Boston area so supposedly we have the top doctors. I also had a normal lumber MRI and a brain MRI to rule out MS. Next week, I am seeing a woman nurse practitioner who works with a neurosurgeon.

Has anyone ever had symptoms like this and what was the outcome. Please help. I am in a lot of pain and going out of my mind. I am afraid of even doing surgery if it is not the cause of my leg symptoms. Can any one recommend a doctor in the Boston area that would help with this? Thanks!

I am trying

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had similar symptoms. Aching twitching legs and pins/needles and numbness that came and went. My legs just felt like the calves had a veil over them.. They just didn't work right, I had had a laminectomy/disectomy last year over a year ago and thought at first the symptoms were from that. I went back to my surgeon and he did a full spine MRi, just last week. They found a herniated disc in my neck. I now next week will have a ACDF C6-C7 as its compressing my spinal cord. I glad I kris sing them.
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