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Another newbie with questions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:36 AM in New Member Introductions
I am new to this forum and am finding a wealth of information, so thanks to all that make this forum possible. I have some questions as a newbie :)))
I suffer from a myriad of health problems and recently had a spinal MRI that came back with the following: Upper Thoracic/Lower Cervical Scoliosis. Degenerative Disc Disease with neuro-forminal stenosis at C6-7 on Right and C3-4 on Left.
I had the MRI done through the Veterans Administration. The neurologist was looking for signs of Traumatic Brain Injury and wasn’t really looking for spinal issues. When we went over the results he was asking me about my birth and whether I had any issues as a child. I am 38 years old, and the answer to those questions was no.
I have had two tours in Iraq and was active duty Army and now National Guard (Soon to be medically retired). I was infantry and carried heavy things on my back for long distances.

I have been diagnosed with severe PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Sleep Apnea, and Traumatic Brain Injury with severe cognitive dysfunction and short term memory loss.

I have had issues the last year or so of falling down, dropping things, bowel/bladder incontinence, and blinding headaches. I walk with a cane because of my balance issues and have had some moderate back and knee pain as well as numbness through my hands and sometimes radiating to my feet.
I am on 300mg of gabapentin for the numbness and tingling and it seems to help. I am also taking 40mg propranolol for my headaches and it’s been OK. I tried topomax for a while, but it didn’t work out. I am on a bunch of other drugs as well for the ptsd and depression with mixed results.

On to my questions #o With what was found on the MRI, is it something to be concerned about? The neurologist seemed concerned, but I haven’t heard anything else about it. I still have back and leg pain and have to work from home a lot. My primary care physician is through the VA, at the TBI clinic. They have never brought up the spinal issues. I am wondering where to turn to and what it means exactly. Reading up on these forums it seems like the spinal stuff would explain a lot of the balance, gait, and pain issues I have had.


  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am very glad you stopped by. thank you so much for your service to our country. :D i am sorry you are suffering such a range of pain issues. i do think it is time to see a spine specialist. move forward aggressively and don't take no for an answer. good luck and keep us posted! :D Jenny :)
  • Welcome to Spine Health. Sorry we are not qualified to interpret MRI reports. Have you asked the neurologist to consult with a neurosurgeon on your MRI? How long ago was the MRI? When do you go back to see the neurologist? Maybe you can talk to him before you go back for another appointment (Telephone Consult)and see if he will consult with neurosurgery if he is that concerned with your results.

    If you are concerned about your spine, make certain you have someone examine you in regards to that, prior to the med board. Get it in your records!

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  • Hello, Monkey Wash!

    You seem to have a TBI. Have you been to a crash or something? Sometimes whiplash injury goes hand in hand with a brain injury and that's why I brought that up. Maybe you'd like to ask your doctor about the possibility?
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