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jayneramajjaynerama Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi there, I am 47 and have recently been told by a chiropractor that I have some disc degeneration between c3-c6. Apparently it is 2mm thick on one side and I have bone spurs on the other. To add to the mix apparently my neck has a reverse C curve. This all sounds very scary to me. Is 2mm thickness as fragile as it sounds or is it another few years of degeneration? should I be babying myself or going on as usual.

I know I should have asked these questions when I was told what was wrong but I was so shocked at the diagnosis that my mind went blank. Now I don't see him again until april 3rd. Meanwhile I am in pain in my left shoulder with pins and needles travelling down my left arm. The pain is 24/7 and varies between a mild ache and then by evening is almost unbearable. I just cannot get comfortable and no pain meds seem to be helping. I have tried heat and ice and really get no relief.

Does anyone have any experience with my issues, advice to give, miracle cures to offer lol?


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I'm not really able to answer your questions, but I wanted to acknowledge your struggle.

    Have you considered seeing an MD for another opinion? Not against chiropractors, but sometimes with out full knowledge of what is going on..more harm can occur from adjustments.

    My doc did EMG and that was most productive test..most telling of what was going on with my spine and where. I had so much pain I couldn't even articulate where it was, how it felt..I was just full of pain. So the EMG was able to "speak" for me.

    There's other tests also doc would want to check.

    If you forgot to ask your questions when in the office..there is nothing wrong with you making a follow up phone call for further explanation. And to let doc know how you're feeling. You may need earlier appointment.

    But I think I would see my primary for starters and that doc would probably refer you to more of a specialist. That's what happened with me.

    Best of luck in understanding it all and in feeling better.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
    Take care!
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  • It's good to have a GP who knows you and can follow your issues and help provide some direction. What did the chiro. use to give you the info - X-Ray or MRI? Whichever it was, take a copy of the report and the film/cd to your GP. I've been told that once someone reaches 25 they start to have degenerating discs, so DDD is a part of an answer. I think I would get the ok from an MD before letting a chiro. manipulate your neck.

    Take care.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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  • Hi Karen, thanks for your reply.
    My chiroprator did a number of tests and also took some xrays. He believes the degeneration in my neck is because of some childhood trauma not general ageing. As the discs around the affected site are fine.

    Because of the pins and needles and reduced reflex reaction in my left arm and apparently my shoulder and hip on my left side sit higher than the other he deduced that there was some nerve damage too.

    I have tried googling for information but am soon overwhelmed with huge numbers of differant websites. There is an abundance of info that my small brain can't comprehend lol. Which is why I ended up here. Hoping to find ppl in the same boat.. so to speak....

    Thanks again for your time and advice.
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I am in the search for a GP right now. I have always used walk in clinics and feel I need a family dr now. Everythings seems to be happening all at once round here. lol
    I appreciate your advice and will of course post updates as I know them. Once again thank you.
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