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effacing of anterior subarachnoid space

baffledbbaffled Posts: 375
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Is this something to be worried about. The report reads mildly...which i do understand is not severe....but isn't there a difference between the laying down and upright pressure...anyways...does this lead to eventually touching the spinal cord. I am presently in my fifth round of pt...

just wondering about the seriousness of this. I don't know if this is typical for a 43 year old woman or if this is something to keep in check. It just seems to not be a good thing that something is pressing into the canal that holds my spinal cord. I am very thin...and there is only so much room in there...have a long thin neck.

Since I had the mri - i have also (unfortuately) had 2 whiplashes. One in a car and one on a children's ride at an amuzement park.

anyways - thanks for you input


  • How are you pain levels? Are you worse since the whiplashes?
  • And a 6 being that I cannot get distracted from the pain...and the medication only gives a small window of just "uncomfortable".

    I am still getting the pains down the arm, and lots of tingling thru my left and right shoulder blades.

    I feel pain between the shoulder blades when I move my head in all directions.

    This is all pretty typical from before...But I think the intestity is more.

    My reflexes a week after the accidents were off, and i see the same doctor this coming tues....so we shall see if i have an improvement with my reflexes then.

    It appears that the only thing wrong in my neck is the loss of curve....and the bone spurs and bulge/herniation that presses into the fluid around the spinal cord.

    Just wondering if this is something that just happens with age, or it is something that can lead into something more serious.

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  • Well I have had an appt with another doctor (Ortho surgeon - Adult spine specialist) at a clinic I had both my carpel tunnels done in 05 and 06.

    He read the mri films himself and did say that all the nerve roots look clear. There is pushing into the canal...not sure why I would be having pain down the arms...and he wants to do a emg to see further why the arms are getting pain. I have arthitic damage, but that doesn't explain the electic pains down the arms. I hope I am making the right decision getting another opinion.

    I have emg appt on fri and then return to him on the 25th. Is it possible to ask to be in a sitting position during the emg test? My theory is that there is a difference what is going on with me from a laying down to sitting - a change of pressure.

    Has anyone else asked to be sitting rather then the laying down position during the testz/

  • i think i was laying down for most of mine. i was not having a flare when i went in, but i had a major one after he was done.

    i think this is good that you are getting a second opinion.

    patti check out this link. the views are done on positioned mri verses the old laydown style that most of us have.


  • The electrical pains down the arms, don't happen while lying down. And it has always helped to lie down for me - sitting, standing are the bad spots, so i guess I can try and ask.

    It is very interesting, I hear people all the time ask, why is it always lying down....no normal body wieght pressure and so on.

    The closest place I found near me to do a positional mri was columbus - but have to get a doctor to sign off on that.

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