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Neck looks like question mark on xray

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a 61 year old man who never experienced much spinal pain in the past until around Christmas when I simply pushed up in bed with my arms (like doing a push-up). Suddenly I felt a flash of pain proceed down my shoulders and upper arm. Since then I oscillate between having no pain and then suddenly pain proceeding down the shoulder and arms, usually with pins and needles. When my doctor saw my cervical x-ray it was obvious to him that I had a degenerative arthritis which can be seen as a reduction in spacing in the c5 and c6 area, with less than 1/4 of the space in the C4 and above. The shape of the cervical spine looks like a question mark with the upper region curved and then a "kink" where the spine suddenly heads in a straight direction. That kink is right at the c5-c6 area of course.

I am a newbie to this forum and there are two things I noticed that I would like to comment on. I was wondering why so few forum participants were my age or older. Certainly the majority of the spinal issues are occuring in that group. Naturally the younger participants have bona fide conditions but mostly from accidents and other trauma.
Also I notice that there are no links to photos of xrays or other documentation. Perhaps someone would care to comment so I start off on the right foot here..


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349

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    Spinal problems and chronic pain have never discrimnated in terms of age. You can never be too young or too old to have spinal problems. In fact, the life 'pace' since the 1980's has gotten faster and faster and the demands have been greater. Some of that has taken its toll on younger people. When I had my first surgery in 1978, it probably was truer that spinal patients were older in age. Thats no longer true. Today, you will find more patients in the 30 to 50 range then you do in the over 65.
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  • i believe that there are quite a few of the older crowd on the forum they just don't announce how old they are.LOL :))( we seem to have a very wide range of ages that i've talked to anyways from the very young teenagers to sixty and above.i don't have any x-rays to even post on here.i know if you go to the homepage that there are different photos and explainations depending on what your looking for.
    welcome to the forum and if you have any questions i'm sure someone on here will have an answer for you.
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