... Hi and welcome to the boards! Straightening of the cervical spine usually occurs from muscle spasm in the neck muscles. ... (1 replies)
... schlatter's disease as a teenager. After being diagnosed with having a straight cervical spine my dr. ... (1 replies)
... The foramen won't magically open up, but often that is not the only thing leading to compression of the nerves. There is usually some sort of inflammatory process that is causing the nerves to swell as well. That can sometimes be addressed with things like steroids or other anti-inflammatories. PT can strengthen the supporting muscles to slow down or occasionally stop the... (4 replies)
... You are correct that the foramen will not magically open up. Usually the situation gradually worsens through the years. It depends on the issues, but sometimes the vertebrae fuse together naturally, which is what happened to me. I was not aware of it happening and only found out when I had a MRI for another purpose.
Each pair of spinal nerves innervate a specific area of... (4 replies)
... Hi Chuckstr
Thanks for the quick and comprehensive reply!
It's early onset osteoarthritis which is quite aggressive causing the narrowing and pinching the nerves, I had a herniated disc at C6-C7 last year which physio sorted out (well stopped the numbness in my hands (both hands the prolapse was dead centre), so the brackets may simply Be re-reporting an old problem as... (4 replies)
... cord and possibly touching it. This sounds bad, but may or may not be causing you problems. The bone spurs are unlikely to get better but you can stabilize your spine through exercise and potentially keep that from getting worse. ... (4 replies)
I've had another MRI in September (had one last year following a C6-c7 disc herniation) and I wondered what the long term outlook might be if I don't have surgery to widen the foramina holes (I wish I could just dremmel them!) as I'm receiving a course of physiotherapy which isn't really doing much to relieve the constant burning pain in my neck, nor the stabbing pains... (4 replies)
... trained orthopedic SPINE surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. ... (3 replies)
... ompensate for it. This often results in changes in gait, posture and structural alignment. This can put addition stress and wear and tear on other parts of the spine and SI joints. It can cause hip and knee pain as well and sometimes, even foot problems like plantar fasciitis. ... (10 replies)
... es going into a spinal surgery, I don't think most people understand what the word "success" means to the medical community. I think most of us would consider a spine surgery to be one that takes away all or most of our pain. Some people think they will end up "good as new. ... (10 replies)
... Thanks, teter & ChuckStr.....
teter, yes I can walk and I have to with all the appts I have. I do try to walk down the long block by my house but it's very difficult because my balance is so off. I wobble & glad I use a cane, I fear I may fall & that's the last thing I want to happen to me.
ChuckStr,......1st, here is my brain MRI report. I finally have a doctor appt... (23 replies)
... I would want a second opinion regarding having the surgery at all, at least at this time. So, I guess, either way, I would probably want a second opinion from a spine specialist surgeon. ... (5 replies)
... trained orthopedic spine surgeon from a different practice or clinic. You want to be sure that a fusion is the appropriate surgery for your issues. ... (10 replies)
... The problem with cysts around the spine is that they so often grow back. ... (23 replies)
... eluctant to have a fusion, I am always tempted to say it is because sufficient surgery was not done the first time. With lumbar issues, because the lower lumbar spine supports the weight of the body and carries the brunt of all movement, it is very important that it be stable. ... (2 replies)
... Unfortunately while I feel comfortable commenting on the spine, my knowledge of the brain is very limited and I wouldn't want to say something that turned out to be wrong.
It appears to me that the scan of your head may reveal more information that may be relevant to the headache symptoms than did the MRI.
Do you have an appointment with a neurologist? If I had your... (8 replies)
... May I ask why you had the MRI performed?
So you have a small bulge - that isn't causing any stenosis or impingement and two small bone spurs (osteophyte's) that are not doing much either. Essentially it looks good.
I would however want to ask about the small hemangioma (benign mass). They are quite common and I would imagine only need to be addressed if causing some... (8 replies)
... The craniocervical junction and cervical spinal cord have normal signal. Straightening of the cervical spine. Mild disc desiccation throughout the cervical spine present. Normal cervical vertebral body height and alignment. Probable small hemangioma versus focal fat at C5. ... (8 replies)
... The spinal nerve is affected when "something" presses into it or compresses or otherwise irritates it. The pain can be felt at the level of the nerve in the spine or anywhere along the dermatome path, depending on the extent of the compression. ... (3 replies)
I'm new to the forum and I had just recently had an MRI of the Cervical Spine.
I am curious as to what it is actually saying. I am not really understanding the interpretation and I really would like to have a better understanding as to what all of this means.
I have had really bad neck, shoulder and arm pain which keeps getting worse in the last few months. The... (3 replies)