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Retrolisthesis at C5-6

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I recently had an x-ray of my cervical spine and the test results reported:
There is reversal of normal cervical lordosis with disc space narrowing and equivocal retrolisthesis at C5-6 with some lateral spurring more on the right. Minimal levoscoliosis.
Could someone explain this to me. I will not be able to see the physical med doc for another 2 weeks. I do have UCTD but my appt with the rheumatologist isn't until February.
This is all too new to me and there is alot of info on the web but some direction really would be so very appreciated.
Thank you. Michele


  • Hi Michele

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. You will find many members who have or are going through the same things as yourself. Retrolisthesis means that your vertebra or not aligned. More than likely whom ever ordered the mri will want some flexion/extension x-rays as that is the easiest place to see that issue. What brought you to seek medical attention for your neck? As far as the degree of the retrolisthesis it sounds as though the the radiologist is saying it needs to be investigated further. Now as far as the spurring on the spine that is commonly seen after the age of say 25 from just normal wear and tear. It will depend on how bad the spurs are and if they are causing you any issues.

    Anyway just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Please keep us posted on how you get along and what the out come is. Take care.
  • Hi Tamtam ~
    Thank you so much for the information. This is all just so new to me. I actually saw the doc for pain in my shoulder and waking up at night with my fingers tingling and sometimes numb. There are also some nights I am woken up from a stabbing headache on the left side of my head. The rheumatologist tested me for carpel tunnel in which I tested negative. He had me try wrist braces but they didn't work so he referred me to PM. The PM doc said that I am hyperlaxity and as for my neck, my range of motion is limited and ordered a cervical x-ray and referred me to physical therapy. I often have kinks in my neck and it gets real stiff but I thought maybe it was from the shoulder pain not the other way around. I aslo experience pain in my hips more on the right again but the left is affected. For some time now I have been taking ibuprofen 600mg 3-4/day and vicoden about 15-20/month. It all seems to be related to my activity level. In June I was diagnosed with UCTD so I don't know if this is linked to that or something completely different. I am sure all the pieces will fall into place in time. I am 41yrs and I have four beautiful children so I really hope whatever this amounts to that it is caught early and can be managed.
    Thank you again, Tamtam, for your reply.
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