If anyone out there had symptoms similar to mine I would appreciate your posts as to your diagnosis and treatment. Much of the time I have aching at the base of my skull which radiates to my forehead. It varies in intensity from 1 to 8 on a scale of 1-10. I also have chronic numbness and tingling along the outer portion of my left arm which extends to my little finger.
***** RADIOLOGIST REPORT FOLLOWS *****
INDICATION: Head and Neck Pain
TECHNIQUE: Axial CT Scan of Cervical Spine using contrast material.
FINDINGS: The vertebral alignment is normal. The vertebral body heights are preserved. Artificial discs are noted at C3-C4 and C5-C6 levels. There is no evidence of periprosthetic lucency to suggest loosening or infection. Mild loss of disc space height is noted at C4-C5 level. Otherwise, the intervertebral discs are maintained. The spinal cord is normal in course and caliber. Prevertebral soft tissues are within normal limits.
At C2-C3 no spinal canal stenosis. No foraminal narrowing.
At C3-C4 mild posterior disc osteophyte complex and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes. Mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild bilateral foraminal canal narrowing.
At C4-C5 posterior disc osteophyte complex and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes. Mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild to moderate bilateral foraminal canal narrowing.
At C5-C6 level posterior disc osteophyte complex. Bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes. Mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild left and moderate right foraminal narrowing.
At C6-C7 at C7-T1 no spinal canal stenosis. No foraminal narrowing.
1. C3-C4 and C5-C6 artificial intervertebral discs.
2. Multilevel degenerate disc disease with mild spinal canal stenoses at C3-C4, C4-C5
and C5-C6 levels.
3. Varying degrees of foraminal narrowing, most pronounced at C5-C6 level on the
right where it is moderate.
*** END OF RADIOLOGIST REPORT ***
I visited the Spine Dr 12/16/2013. My CT images indicated a lot of bone growth on the vertebrae. He suggested Physical Therapy and injections; I had those prior to my disc replacement with no pain relief.
For a surgical solution he suggested a 3 level fusion with no guarantee of pain relief. After reading posts on this site from fusion patients, fusion is something I want to avoid.
I had the disc replacement in 10/2009 and had immediate improvement and was pain free until 10/2013.
I frequently read about bone removal procedures, laminectomy, foraminotomy, etc. which I would think would apply to my case. I will be seeking additional opinions from other Spine Drs.
Grayslake, IL USA