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Is this normal at my age or arthritis?

AlletsAAllets Posts: 3
edited 06/03/2015 - 5:13 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
this is from my mri scan:

all of the cervical discs are dehydrated. minor disc bulges seen at c3/4, c4/5, c5/6 and c6/7. the c5/6 and c6/7 discs also narrowed and there are associated marginal osteophytes. at c5/6, in addition to the generelized bulge, there is a small central disc prolapse. this is not causing any neural compression, however, at c6/7 there is a central and right paracentral disc prolapse, in contact with the anterior aspect of the spinal cord. there is no cord compression, however, there is slight narrowing of the left c7 nerve root exit foramen.

so what does it mean?

as for details:

when did this first start?
- was it the result of an accident or trauma? i had whiplash around 6 years ago. then was hit again 4 months later. pain has got worse in current months.
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc) - just a gp. waiting to see neuro
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones? - painkillers only
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc) mri - diagnosed lumbar problems too
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc) - codeine only, naproxen landed me in hospital with stomach ulcers
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind) not as yet!
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated? - numbness and tingling hands, small finger and ring finger numbness. weak hands. headache. neck pain, shoulder pain, creaking in neck
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you? - not sure yet.

welcome to spine-health

it would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start?- was it the result of an accident or trauma?- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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  • - analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie mri, ctscan, xray, etc)- medical advice of any kind- recommendations in terms of medications, treatments, exercises, etc

what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
you should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are
i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways its like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 06/03/15 09:37 est


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    edited 06/06/2015 - 10:30 AM
    From reading your symptoms, it is good to you're seeing neuro doctor soon.

    They are able to do testing and pain relief that usually primary doctors not comfortable with, or with all the required monitoring. My primary did her very best and worked with me about two years before referring me to pain management/ neurologist.

    Best thing for me. My primary now readily refers me out to specialists for other issues that have occurred to me, also.
    New eyes on you is never bad idea, in my experience.

    I would have a little list of questions for seeing new doctor visit.
    He will be able to explain your situation and if you don't understand, please ask questions as the two of you need to be on the same page.

    Keep us posted on how you are doing!
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