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Can you help interpret my X-Ray?

Hi there, I'm Ruth and I'm new to the site.
I'm 42 and have had ongoing neck and upper back issues for a while. Pain, uncomfortableness, MAJOR trouble finding a 'comfy spot' at night. I think I have 10 different pillows on the go which I rotate through, sometimes even in one night! I also have upper back/thoracic issues which I've been seeing a physio for over a year on and off. I go into 'spasms' now and then which hurt like just to breathe through. Can't turn my neck. I also get 'throat spasms' which are totally freaky. Lately I've had some 'odd feelings' in my hands and arms where I have reduced sensation which scares the crap out of me, and some pins and needles in my arms. Anyway, I'm sure those of you here also experience the same and probably a lot worse than me.

I finally had an X-Ray on my cervical and thoracic area after the last spasm left me off work for a few days and just exasperated with it all and I finally told the doc I wanted answers instead of painkillers! (yay, go me!)

So, I have the X-Ray results - the doc didn't seem too knowledgeable on what it all means and told me I have general 'arthiritis'. However I'm sure there's some of you out there who can give a far better interpretation than her ;)

Here it is, word for word:


Cervical Spine:

Five film series including OM, obliques, AP and lateral.
C1/2 alignment is satisfactory. C1 and odontoid peg are partially obscured due to overlap.
No cervical tilt.
Cervical lordosis is reversed at the level of C5. Slight spondylotic change noted anteriorly at C4/5 to C6/7.
Body heights, disc spaces, spinolaminar alignment and prevertebral soft tissue thickness are within normal.
Uncovertebral and facet osteoarthropathy associated with minor encroachment on the exit foramina and no significant impingement.

Thoracic Spine:

Kyphosis within normal. Mild to moderate dextroscoliosis shown at mid to lower spine. Normal appearance of the pedicles. Preserved body heights and disc spaces. Minor spondylotic change noted superiorly.

Mild spondylotic changes of the cervical and thoracic spine, scoliosis of the thoracic spine.

Can anyone please help me understand what this means and whether it translates into why I have so much pain, with intermittent spasms?

I have a full time job where I sit in front of a monitor for about 95% of my day and done lots of posture work with the physio, but it hasn't helped much :(


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,270
    hello ruthiej75 !
    reminder...there are no medical professionals on discussion forums.
    we members are not qualified or allowed to comment on mri or other test results.

    i may have missed it, but what kind of doctor are you working with for pain management?

    please click on link for helpful information!

    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Adding to Sue's response, have you seen a spine specialist yet?  I suspect not because you don't mention having an MRI.

    I will give you my interpretation of what the doctor said - you should see a specialist.  I just can't believe that she didn't actually say that.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

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