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Q on C3-C7 bulging disks

SuziQ442SSuziQ442 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Recently had an MRI to rule out MS. Found I have "mildly bulging" c3-c7. Have long history of neck pain and problems for 30 years (since a car accident) and no one had done MRI previously. I have been dx over the years with RSDS (sensory nerve issue involving shoulders, hands and arms), carpal tunnel (which was found to not be during surgery), and fibromyalgia. Newer for me is the loss of balance, bladder and bowel problems and vertigo.

I was not able to move after the accident for 2 weeks due to pain. X-rays taken and dx with "whiplash". Was on gymnastics team before accident and had to quit as I lost all upper body strength.

Pain comes and goes over the years. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling in hands/fingers, unknown reason for swelling in forearms, tired achy limbs, achy pain/tight muscles on top of shoulders, sharp pain radiating into shoulder blade, sometimes "zingers" running down my arms, headaches at base of neck/lower skull and what feels behind eyeballs. Simple things like folding towels are sometimes simply not tolerated.

When the neuro found this he basically brushed it off as he felt it should not be causing any pain. My question is could all these problems over all these years be related to MRI findings? Could the findings individually maybe not cause this but with so many "bulges" could it be compounding the problem? Has anyone dealt with a neuro brushing off such findings?

Since I have lived with this issue for 30 years I tolerate it and take more meds than my father-in-law did with parkinson's -- however, wondering the best course of conservative treatment? What have others found to work best? Maybe I can get rid of some or all of these meds. Maybe I can even do some of the things I enjoy again.

I hate going to the doctor as over the years I have felt most of them think I am nuts. However, with this new finding I think it is worth considering the "bulges" and doing conservative treatment for them. Feedback please??




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Comments

  • You said neuro, but was it a neurologist or a neurosurgeon? I would suggest another opinion by a neurosurgeon (or another one) or an orthopedic surgeon. I had an MRI last fall that the radiologist said x, but my Orthopedic surgeon said he was wrong, and proceeded to point out the issues that were missed or ignored. If you can do research and see if any are surgical "fellows" or somehow to try to find the best in your area.'

    Maybe it's not spine related, but I'd like another opinion, or a recommendation regarding who may be able to address your issues.

    Take care,

    KarenD
    KarenD
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • I've recently had MRI and the findings were as on the report.

    DIAGNOSIS: NECK PAIN W/RADICULOPTHY

    MRI CERVICAL SPINE :POSTERIOR DISC BULGES ARE SEEN at C3 - C4 THROUGH C6_C7 . NO EXTRUSIONS WERE FOUND .SPINAL CORD NORMAL.. NO LESSIONS AND BRAIN STEM WERE ALL NORMAL.

    Opinion: C3-C4 THROUH C6-C7 POSTERIOR DISC BULGES.

    Treatment : PT 3X A WEEK TO STRENGTHEN neck and upper arms and shoulder muscles and traction ..

    COULD SOME ONE PLEASE HELP ME. THE PAIN IS AGGREVATING IM ONLY 43 AND LOVE TO BE ACTIVE IN THE HOUSE AND YARD AND I CANT DO THE THINGS I ENJOY BECAUSE OF THE PAIN..
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