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Hello, new here, not new to DDD? I had bone graft and fusion in 1995 at 33. I am now 50 with several years of chronic pain. I've been in PT and Chiro care non stop for over 2 years. My latest MRI shows the following
I am getting scheduled for a steroid injection. My arms feel like logs, my ears ring, itch, constant headache, anxiety, cannot sleep well for more than 3 hours.

How do you effectively communicate how debilitating this becomes to daily functions?
I need relief any and all advise accepted.


COMPARISON: November 14, 2008.

INDICATION: Cervicalgia and right upper extremity radiculopathy. Patient
has a history of C5-C7 cervical fusion in 1995.

TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar multisequence MR images were acquired through the
cervical spine without intravenous contrast, including sagittal T1,
sagittal T2, sagittal STIR, triplanar localizer, axial T2 and axial T2

Redemonstration postsurgical changes status post C5 through C7 anterior
cervical discectomy and anterior cervical plate instrumentation/fusion. No
intramedullary T2 signal abnormality within the cervical spine. Alignment
of the cervical spine is grossly within normal limits. No cervical spinal
STIR signal abnormality. Visualized portions of the oral cavity and tongue
base are grossly within normal limits. No evidence of cerebellar tonsillar
ectopia. Bilateral parotid glands and parapharyngeal spaces are grossly
within normal limits.

Glottic airway: Normal.

Thyroid: Normal.

There are left dominant intradural vertebral artery. Grossly, cervical
vertebral artery flow voids within normal limits.

Segmental analysis:

C2-C3: Mild intervertebral disc height loss, disc osteophyte complex,
moderate bilateral facet arthropathy, no significant spinal or neural
foraminal stenosis.

C3-C4: Mild intervertebral disc height loss, annular tear central disc
protrusion with uplifting of the posterior longitudinal ligament and
effacement of the ventral thecal sac resulting in progressive moderate to
severe sagittal spinal stenosis at the C3-C4 level. Moderate right greater
than left facet arthropathy, no left neural foraminal stenosis and mild to
moderate right neural foraminal stenosis. Degree of neural foraminal
narrowing has slightly progressed since the previous examination.

C4-C5: Moderate intervertebral disc height loss, disc osteophyte complex
with superimposed broad-based disc bulge, effacement of the ventral thecal
sac and progressive severe sagittal spinal stenosis at the C4-C5 level.
There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy, severe left neural foraminal
stenosis and moderate to severe right neural foraminal stenosis. Degree of
neural foraminal narrowing not significantly changed since the previous

C5-C6: There is redemonstration of left central osteophytosis which effaces
the ventral thecal sac at this level. This is superimposed upon a left
uncovertebral overgrowth at this level and moderate left greater than right
facet arthropathy which results in severe left neural foraminal narrowing
and mild right neural foraminal narrowing, not significantly changed as
compared to previous examination.

C6-C7: Postsurgical changes status post anterior cervical plate
instrumentation/fusion, with no radiographic evidence of spinal or neural
foraminal stenosis.



  • DaveFusionDDaveFusion Posts: 476
    edited 01/26/2013 - 8:39 PM
    Hi Pepper218: welcome here.

    There are lots of folks with your history and prognosis here. You are not alone. Just search cervical stenosis using the search function.

    On the subject of communicating to others about your life as a chronic pain sufferer, well there's a link to that topic in the FAQ near the top of page, look at "A day in the life...." Link. Also search for "how wife understand" will get you some great posts.

    The site has masses of articles and info for you to delve into.

    Good luck.
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