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CT Scan - Need some help understanding

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi there,

I am new to the forum. I am 33 years old and live in Sydney. I thought I would try and get some answers as at the moment I am slightly freaking out about some CT results.

In the year 2000 I had a car accident and hurt my neck and back. I have been up and down since. I have to say I was doing quite well up until the last year.

Today I had a CT scan in preparation to go and see a back specialist.

Findings are as follows:

There is loss of intervertebral disc height at C5/C6 with mild bony spurring of the endplates.
At the C5/C6 level, there is a broad-based posterior disc/osteophyte complex indenting on the ventral thecal sac. This is not causing central canal stenosis, however there is moderate to severe bilateral foraminal stenosis.

There are other buldges at other levels but they don't really bother me. It's the C5/C6 findings that sound quite daunting. Can someone please tell me in plain english what this means. Is the dangerous??

Please help, I won't be able to sleep tonight!!!!!

Thanks all!!!!


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can..i am sorry i cannot help you with your report but your doctor is the best person to read that to you!! :-C i know how anxious you are but an incorrect reading will not make you feel any better!! :D please have a look around and make yourself at home!! good luck as you search for pain relief! be patient and relax!! (|: Jenny :)
  • Thanks...
    Being patient is difficult. Especially when you have the internet. You come home from a scan and research your results and the more you find the worse it gets!!!!!

    How do you cope with everything that goes on?
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  • hi! :H all of us have different coping mechanisms and it will take time to find yours..when it comes to our daily lives as pain patients i tend to look for small satisfactions and accomplishments to help me cope.. i don't stand by and 'Let" things happen to me.. that is a feeling of having no control over my pain. so i move slowly forward and am thankful when i am able to go for a walk or take a hot bath or spend some time with friends on SH. =D> i cope by working on my pain program, doing my exercise and stretching and taking my meds. alot of us find that our animal friends can bring us much comfort and solace. i spend many nights in the company of my dog, Sirius, and she helps keep loneliness at bay. :D i have learned to accept not sleeping and look forward to naps and times when i just doze. so coping is a very personal thing but you have found one mechanism by reaching out to me here at SH. i hope you find many friends here and the path toward a perfected pain program is within your reach! <:P Jenny :)
  • Thanks for your words of encouragement. It's nice to be able to relate to people who know what I am going through. I have a husband and 3 kids. The kids are too young to understand. My husband sees me walking around and functioning and he thinks everything its ok. Not a very good support system at the moment. I think with time he will realise what is actually going on!!!
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