For about 3 weeks now I have had neck and back pain. It is difficult to sit or lay down. My doctor sent me to have an x-ray done and the results showed early signs of Cervical Spondylosis. I went further for an MRI of the cervical spine and the conclusion is as follows:
"Straightening of cervical spine with mild desiccation of all cervical discs. C3-4, C4-5,... (0 replies)
... I'm 65 years old, male.
In Nov 2014 I found by casualty (MRI Ė magnetic resonance imaging) that I have severe spondylotic cervical myelopathy (SCM) at C4-C5.
I donít feel or show any neurological symptoms, like gait or radiculopathy. Neither feel any pain.
One neurosurgeon strongly recommends surgery, because, he says, Iím in great danger and I will get symptoms soon. ... (10 replies)
... My MRI is similar to yours (mine is not as bad if the radiologist report above is accurate). I've had many of the same investigations as you, everything normal except the C5/C6 spinal problems (and C4/C5 as well in my case). I've had symptoms in my legs for about a year, feeling like walking through sand, twitches etc, so yes I've experienced similar things to your leg... (25 replies)
... I really appreciate you taking the time to explain :) I will keep a list of my symptoms and talk with the specialist at my next appt which is in a couple weeks. This eases my mind, I will get back to the post as soon as I get answers from him.
Thanks again! (4 replies)
... but that is something you'll need to discuss with your spine specialist. If compression occurs this may result in a disease process known as cervical spondylotic myelopathy. ... (4 replies)
... ossibly stabilize and strengthen the muscles around the spine as well as address any inflammation. There is often some inflammation component when there is nerve compression pain and if thats the case with you, addressing it will help. That is what happened to the pain in my case. ... (1 replies)
... moderate spinal cord compression at c4. ... (4 replies)
... c3/c4indents thecal sac
c4/5 indents thecal sac
mri impression--moderate multilevel DDD with small disc complexes.larger disc osteophyte complex at c5/c6 level causing severe central canal stenosis and cord compression. also bilateral neural foraminal stenosis compressing c6 nerve roots.. ap canal diameter is 6.2.-- 24 hour a day headaches, neck shoulder blades and both arm... (6 replies)
... Hi guys someone help me please. Had an MRI and the report notes that:
No Nerve root compression. Mild Left C4 root compression
Small central disc at c3/4, but no cord compression, however the disc does abuf the cord.
An X-ray earlier on noted C5 inferior body corticated teardrop fracture
The doctor went on to do a lumber puncher yesterday and said all was normal... (2 replies)
... Thank you for your reply to my questions. Something had to be causing my symptoms, and maybe this is the answer. " Myelopathy" I am not due to see my neurologist until March because I still have one more test brain MRI with contrast.
I wonder is it okay to wait until then? I'm sure if Myleopathy is the cause he should refer me to a spine specialist who deals with spinal... (6 replies)
... aused by the pathology seen in your MRI. They are some of the first symptoms typically seen in "myelopathy" which is damage to the spinal cord. In your case, the compression on the cord from the herniated discs could be causing myelopathy. ... (6 replies)
... Large left paracentral disc protrusion causing cord compression and narrowing of the left lateral recess and exit foramen. ... (6 replies)
... any symptoms of cord compression require surgery regardless whether there is pain or not. ... (10 replies)
... Has anyone ever heard of a time frame for increasing risk of permanent nerve damage for a spinal nerve root compression at C5-C6?
I began having a stiff neck & shoulder about 7 months ago. My symptoms increased, and I now experience neck and shoulder pain, tingling down my right arm (within past 2 weeks, even started in left arm), muscle weakness in right arm, muscle spasms... (1 replies)
... I don't know what "scapular winging" is. I don't remember hearing that before. I have had an MRI on my neck and thoracic. Not on my lumbar. I don't have my records in front of me so I can't quote what they said. I do not know on my neck that my C6 is degenerated and buldging and some narrowing of something due to possible muscle spams and C4-C5 has some space loss. The... (5 replies)
... it took me 2 months to be properly diagnosed because i didn't actually have any neck pain when this all started for me 8 months ago. it started with a sudden onset of a headache at the base of my skull and some lightheadedness, then the scalp tingling, lip and facial numbness, etc. i had blurred vision, abnormal pupil dilation, and then came the numbness and weakness in my... (5 replies)
... It's hard to know exactly what you are looking at , but here's a a couple inputs
1) The spinal cord is contained in a membrane (I've seen it called both the secal sac or the dural sac) that is filled with fluid and surrounds the actual spinal cord nerves. A bulging disc can compress this fluid-filled sac without actually compressing the nerves - it's a matter of 'how... (5 replies)
... C5 I have a small central disc protrusion with indentation of the Thecal Sac. A left paracentral posterior spur with compression of the left exiting nerve root. ... (9 replies)
... C4-5 can can also cause pain on the arm pathway. Especially on the forearm. Look up dermatome chart. When I had nerve root compression, I had the most intense burning I ever felt in my forearm. After my first surgery at 4-6 this completely resolved.
When you say last January, do you mean 2007 or 2006? It would be a little soon for Jan 2007 to have it go bad, but I... (14 replies)
When I first learned I needed an ACDF, it was horrified at the thought, so I know how you feel. I ended up having two operations 1 year apart, to fuse C4/5/6/7.
My experience - the first 2 or 3 days I needed to not do much of anything but rest. You will have pain meds, and that helps a lot. My post-op pain was between the shoulder blades and had to do with the... (6 replies)