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Diagnosis, or Brush off?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm new and I'm here because I recently had an MRI to rule out any ligament tears or slipped discs from an auto accident 2 months ago. What I got instead is this...
"There are protruded osteophyte disc complexes at the
C4-5, C5-6 and C6-C7. There are small uncovertebral spurring at the
C5-6 and the C6-C7"
Doc says this is something they see frequently in older people with Degenerative Disc Disease and not really a big deal if I am not symptomatic (they say this is pre-existing to the accident and the symptoms I have now were caused by the accident so one doesn't have anything to do with another) They can't explain why an otherwise healthy 27 year old would have degenerative discs to the point of forming bone spurs. I guess I'll start searching the forums to see if there's anybody out there with a similar story. Thing is... I have had loss of feeling, strength, and recurring pain in my right hand that my doc had previously ruled out as tendonitis or possible carpel tunnel (I am an office worker) From some of the things I'm reading, these symptoms can also be explained by a pinched nerve (that could be caused by a bone spur in that region) I know this is just supposed to be an introduction, but any comments are welcome. :)


  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. perhaps you need to seek a second opinion in the matter. it is always a good idea to have a second or even third opinion when a diagnosis is being made. :? you are describing possible nerve damage but your doctor would know best about this. listen, get your questions together and then have all your answers before you make any drastic move. good luck! =)) Jenny :)
  • One thing to be real careful about, is not to use the Internet to "self diagnose". It can drive you nuts and cause undo stress which can complicate any condition.

    If you talk to a radiologist or surgeon, they will tell you that you can pull 100 people in off the street and do an MRI of their spine. The vast majority if not all will have something remarkable show. However, they won't be symptomatic and may never be their entire life. The problem happens when some people find out and worry about it and in a short time they become symptomatic. Sometimes what we don't know about, doesn't hurt us.

    It isn't that uncommon to find a young person with bone spurs and the beginning of DDD. If that person is otherwise healthy and strong, it may be many years before they experience any problems, if ever.

    Welcome to Spine Health. Sorry that you had the accident and aren't feeling too swell. If you continue to have problems, then be your own advocate and stay on your doc's case until you get a chance to see the right specialist.

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  • #:S So you are right. I tend to be a bit dramatic when it comes to health problems. I don't usually use the internet to "self diagnose" but go to the doctor. I'm just finding it a little coincidental /:) that something my doc had said was "possible carpel tunnel" without doing ANY tests is now coming up as a symptom of cervical bone spurs- which the MRI shows. Yet she says I am "not symptomatic" But I guess I will stop jumping to conclusions and take my concerns to the Doc, and get a second opinion if I'm not satisfied.
  • I really don't have any input for you either except to say, don't give up until you get a definite diagnosis. It takes years and sometimes several docs for some of us to get a diagnosis. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • I think you might be on to something. I would definitely see if the doctor(s) thinks the dots connect as they appear they might. Good luck!!

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