I've done manual labor for 34 years. blue collar jobs. always had aches and pains but nothing too serious or long lasting. just sometimes. But, I woke up on thanksgiving day and things had changed for the worse (I could just feel it by the pain and near inability to get out of bed).. horrible pain on my right neck, right arm shoulder elbow and hand. now the pain is something I deal with daily now.
Here are my MRI results.... some of it makes no sense to me. but it looks like bad news for sure. bad news for someone that is still working and does manual labor 40 hours a week to earn a living.
going to a chiropractor. they said the fusion on my neck is probably something I've had since birth. but it's waited over 50 yrs before becoming painful or giving me problems? crazy.
anyone have any luck using a chiropractor to relieve pain? what does Unremarkable mean in this report?
there is partial fusion of the C5 and C6 vertebral bodies, which may be
developmental or postoperative. their is straightening of the cervical lordosis.
vertebral body heights and alignment are maintained. there is no evidence
of cord signal abnormality. the cerebellar tonsils are normal in position.
C2-3: Mild right facet arthropathy.
C3-4: slight disc bulging with no significant canal or foraminal narrowing.
C4-5: mild right and left paracentral disk bulge with mild narrowing of the spinal
canal and slight flattening of the cord. Mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
C5-6: Partial fusion. No cancal or foraminal narrowing.
C6-7: Mild broad disk bulge with mild narrowing of the canal. mild to moderate
narrowing of the right foramen due to lateral disk or disk osteophyte.
C7-T1: Unremarkable ____________________________________________________________________
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MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
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