C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: protrusion with cord flattened, cord abutment, annular tear

C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: protrusion with cord flattened, cord abutment, annular tear

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C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: protrusion with cord flattened, cord abutment, annular tear

Just got MRI results today:

* Broad asymmetric bilobed disc protrusion involving C5-C6 resulting in right hemicord effacement with associated cord flattened contour alteration. Concomitant effacement of the right C6 nerve root.

* Broad central/left paracentral noncompressive disc protrusion involving C6-C7.

*Left paracentral posterior disc protrusions involving T3-T4 and T4-T5, indenting the ventral aspect of the thecal sac at both levels, resulting in left hemicord abutment at the T3-T4 level. Concomitant left paracentral posterior annular tear at the T3-T4 level.

Long story short, I've been seeing a chiropractor for 4 months. I just woke up one day in may with a stiff neck that rapidly progressed to pain in right shoulder, weakness in right arm, and varying degrees of pain/numbness/tingling in arm/hand/fingers. Family doctor prescribed a week of Prednisone. No relief, so started seeing chiropractor after 1st week. After about 4 weeks of 3-4 times weekly adjustment and/or manual therapy & e-stim, my pain was greatly reduced. Still constant but at a tolerable level compared to where we started.

Gradually weaned down to 3x week, then 2x week, then 1x week at the 3 month mark. It was when dropped to 1 visit per week with no manual massage therapy that I started getting worse again. Peaks & valleys were normal, but as soon as this became apparent it was not just a valley, the MRI was scheduled.

Here am I today. My chiropractor tried to explain the results to me in ways I could understand, but she didn't fully understand it either! No more adjustments. e-stim for the pain/inflammation is ok if needed. I'm trying not to worry about the upcoming consultation with a neuro surgeon, because what good does it due to worry until I truly know what we're dealing with?

At the same time, I'm worried about my job. I'm concerned about how much time I'll miss from work for the surgery, the recovery. I will have my year anniversary with this employer mid-October, so I believe that's when I'll be eligible for FMLA. I also purchased short-term disability insurance earlier this year, prior to these problems starting. I still need to educate myself on exactly how that works, as well.

The pain is such that it's all I can do to get through the work day (I'm the Business Office Manager at a nursing home), and I literally can't do anything at home. I spend all night/weekend alternating heating pad & ice packs. If I spend 15 minutes doing housework or other such routine activities, I'm in miserable pain for days afterward. At least now I know there's a reason for it, I'm NOT crazy or lazy.

Not even sure what my questions are yet, but hoping to find some kindred spirits here.

Lori

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Hi Lori, I am new here as

Hi Lori, I am new here as well with very similar neck issues( C5-7). I tried chiropractic treatments for several weeks then finally gave up without hardly any relief. My GP Dr. sent me for phy. therapy but the relief was only temporary as well. I also have an appt. coming up with a neurosurgeon soon. Let me know how you are progressing and what they plan on doing. I am very nervous and worried....trying not to be, take care and best wishes, Debbie

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Hi, Debbie. Thank you for your comment. When is your appointment? Right now mine is 10/10, but my chiropractor is going to call the neurosurgeon & see if he can get me in sooner. He'd be more comfortable with 2-week window here.

I'm also concerned about the amount of ibuprofen I've taken over these last 4 months. I had to stop for a while because I was having stomach problems. I tried rotating between ibuprofen & acetaminophen, and that seemed to work ok. Last night as I was lying in bed, my T3-T5 area was throbbing, and I'm pretty sure I cried myself to sleep once again.

My nerves are shot this morning, I was trying so hard to keep calm yesterday but that seems to be out the window this morning. Take care, hope you have a good day. Lori

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C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction

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Hi again Lori, Our situation

Hi again Lori, Our situation sounds eerily and regrettably similar, though from reading thru a lot of posts and information here at this website, we are not alone. I have not slept well in what seems like months now...even if I do get some decent rest I am usually in a lot of pain by the middle of the day. I am really not sure what has been worse...the pain or the lack of sleep and rundown feeling that has been really bad the last couple of weeks. I just had my follow visit to my GP Dr. late on Tuesday and got some new medication which really didnt seem to help much yesterday, but the pain has been so bad that I am hoping I will get some relief by the weekend. He also gave me a prescription for a cervical collar to see if it helps that I may look into getting this morning....I am willing to do anything even for one day of pain relief! My neurosurgeon appt. is scheduled for Fri. Sept. 28. I hope today is a better day for you, take care, Debbie

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neurosurgeon wait?

Lori, did you have to wait very long for your neurosurgeon appointment? My PMP recommended that I see my old NS that did my first L5/S1 fusion to evaluate my cervical problems. Unfortunately, I have to wait for over 2 months to see him! He is a good doc and surgeon so I want him to treat me but over 60 days of waiting in more pain before my initial appointment and then probably another month or so before he will do any surgery. Similar to the two of you I have I have discogenic disease spondylosis and diffuse posterior bulges at C2-3, C3-4, C4-5, C5-6, C6-7, and C7-T1 so it is very hard to get comfortable especially when I go to bed at night. It sometimes takes me a long time to find a position where I can manage the pain in my left shoulder, upper arm, elbow and the tingling and numbness down my arm and in my hand and fingers. My PMP prescribed Baclofen as my muscle relaxer and I can take it 3 times a day and I try to save one for bed time as I have found it makes me drowzy and helps me fall asleep. While it does not keep me asleep all night, at least I can get a couple of hours of sleep before the pain wakes me up. Good luck with your NS appointment. Jerome

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wait for appointment

I called yesterday, 9/12 and the earliest appointment for consult was 10/10. I guess in the big picture of things it's not THAT long to wait a month...but my doctor was going to try to get it moved up a couple of weeks.

I've not had ANY meds prescribed after the initial week of prednisone. No pain meds, no muscle relaxers, nothing. My chiropractor told me muscle relaxers would have helped the pain in my arm initially, but would have worsened the problems in my spine, so I powered through it. Now, however, the pain is getting bad again & I want some pain meds!

Lori
C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction

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Hey Lori, Do you think if you

Hey Lori, Do you think if you contacted your family Dr. (maybe with assistance from your Chiropractor) they could get you some pain meds? Just a thought...its horrible to think they havent given you anything.

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pain meds

I'm working on that. I'm actually looking for a new family doctor. I'm less than pleased with my old one from this experience. The way I see it, if you don't have time for me when things are rough, then you certainly don't deserve my money now or ever. LOL I sent my info to the medical director at work yesterday, so hopefully will have a new doc today.

Lori
C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction

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where do you live

If you provide your location, a member can send you a private message with his or her PMP info or recommendation, presuming someone lives in your area.

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Thanks for your help,

Thanks for your help, everyone. I'm in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. I was turned down by 2 places yesterday. Seems like apparently my MRI is a hot-mess and people are hesitant to get involved mid-way. UGH

Lori
C5-C6-C7, T3-T4-T5: disc protrusions, spinal cord & C6 nerve root involvement, tear at T3-T4
C6 nerve root injection 10/12/12 and at-home traction

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c7-T3

my husband is a combat vet who is suffering terrible spasms and losing the mobility in his limbs. We are looking for answers as well. His injury is behind the spine and inoperable. Something is crushing his nerve. Any advice? We live in Utah and he is being seen at the VA where they won't even do an MRI