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am i nuts?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello everyone! i am a newbie and my name is bonnie (from PA).
i have a problem, i had an mri done and got the results. i was told to go to the PAIN CLINIC. i was diagnosed with a few things. 4 bulging dics (mild), facet joint hypertrophy, straightening cervical curvature, several spurs, left foraminal narrowing due to uncinate, bilateral foraminal narrowing, a small right central disc protrusion at t2-t3. disc degeneration at multiple levels,multilevel degenerative changes without stenosis. multilevel foraminal narrowing is seen.
this dr (md) told me i am depressed and ordered a bone scan. cymbalta, percocet were prescribed to me. he also said that, he didnt know why i have so much pain, the results are not bad.
i was diagnosed with degenerative joint disease several yrs ago.
will anything from the mri results cause this pain i have? i am very worried that it is all in my head!
i need answers, i need someone who will explain things to me.
thank you so much,


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Hi Bon,Get a second opinion from a specialist. A neuro or orthopedic surgeon. Pain is real and can't always be easily diagnosed.
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • hello jim,
    thank you for taking the time to read and reply to this. do you happen to know, would any of the findings cause this pain?
    i am new at this, i dont know how to find out if you have any problems like this.
    again...thanx a bunch!
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  • I see you are up as well. I'll send you Private message.
  • None of us are doctors here and are not qualified to interpret your MRI results. I do agree with a second opinion, however. This is your body and you are the one feeling the pain.

    There are many posts in the Chronic Pain section that talk about pain and it's effects on different people. What one person can easily handle can put another in bed. Don't fall in the trap of comparing yourself to others. YOU have to live in your skin and bones and that's what you need to be concerned with. If you think that this doctor isn't taking you seriously enough then get another opinion, or two more.

    When we go through this spine care circus it's important to be the ringleader and not the sideshow. Ask questions and make sure you get the answers that you need. Take control of your care from the beginning. You'll find that you're never put on the back burner that way.

    Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you. Just PM me anytime and I'll help in any way I can.


  • It doesn't sound like its all in your heads. I agree about seeing a spine specialist. I am depressed from pain, the pain did not just materialize because I thought I did. Because yes, in the happiest moments of life its not my first focus but its still there.
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  • The MRI cannot predict how the degeneration and other changes will affect your body. Some individuals with mild degeneration have severe pain while others with severe degeneration have no symptoms at all. So, if you are having pain, regardless of what the MRI shows, it should be adddressed. Remember, about 85% of all neck problems resolve reasonably well with conservative treatment.

    By the way, I'm new here. How do you save your footnoe info so you don't have to retype it each time?

    1993 ACDF c6-c7
    8/2008 posterior cervical foraminotomy and ectomy at 3 levels with arthrodesis
    DDD and severe spondylosis at all cervical levels (except c6-c7).
  • where is your pain comming from is it arms or is in the lower back area?

  • my lower back and middle back pain, has nothing to do with my cervical pain. i had surgery on lower back, back in 2000, from a fall i took down a flight of stairs. they needed to remove bone fragments and i had herniated discs and some nerves were pressed on.
    the pain i have now, is in my neck and arms, it hurts a lot to write at times. i get awful headaches and pain in my shoulders. it is VERY hard to get any sleep. cortizone shots do not help my neck, they do help other problems i have in other areas.
    take care,
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