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MRI from 3 yrs ago is much worse.

macgigmmacgig Posts: 2
edited 12/12/2015 - 4:52 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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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  • I had C-spine surgery in 2009. I find that heat and muscle relaxants help since I have had 3 injuries since surgery. I would be very careful with anyone manipulating your neck. And, yes your job is a huge issue for you. Hoping you are going to a neurosurgeon who can explain your MRI to you. Unremarkable means normal.
  • chiropractor has helped. i've been 2 times. it seems to help so as long as it's helping I may keep trying that. i've had facet joint injections and a Rhizotomy. the injections work a month or so then the pain comes back. surgery would be a last resort, unless their is some sort of minimally invasive laser surgery that could help.
  • Have you seen a Neurosurgeon to go over your neck injuries with you and actually show you(on the computer) what's going on cause you need to be very careful. Good luck.
  • If I were in your position, I would DEFINITELY avoid the chiropractor until you've had someone interpret your MRI. I agree with the others, see a neurosurgeon. Just because they are surgeons does not mean they will automatically recommend surgery before anything else. But they are the most qualified to diagnose your specific condition and help you make a plan from there.
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