Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

Freaking out! Screws look like they're in my spinal cord!

QuiltinouslyQQuiltinously Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Someone is ignorant! Help me figure it out who it is please:

This week I saw a new personal trainer who is supposed to be wonderful with my doctor's blessing since I'm one year post op (ACDF C5-6). The PT and I looked at my MRI and much to our surprise, the screws in my neck that hold the fusion are shown actually going into my spinal cord! He pointed it out and I started crying.

I have had no pain relief from surgery, and I still have symptoms down my right arm that my surgeon just can't explain.
Could the MRI be misleading? Would the screws in my spinal cord just be a reflection or something, and my PT is not smart enough to know that? It seems to me that either he is ignorant or my surgeon is.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?


  • were you, I'd be contacting the surgeons office ASAP to let him know what your trainer thinks has happened with the screws. I'm hoping that he just made a mistake looking at the MRI and that you can resolve this promptly. Good luck!
  • I can see how that would certainly frighten you. How long ago was this mri taken? If the screws actually penetrated your cord, you would likely have very serious complications. Call your doctor and ask that he review the films again, or take them to another doctor for his/her opinion. Can you post a pic of your MRI?
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • advertisement
  • Something of that magnitude, would send a red flag to any radiologist, no matter how inexperienced or tired they may be and your NS would have gotten a call as soon as the images came up on the technician's screen.

    I'm sure that the personal trainer meant well, but unless he's a qualified radiologist or doc ........

Sign In or Register to comment.