... 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. ... (5 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. ... (5 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)
... 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)
... Pain in the neck and numbness and tingling in the arm and fingers especially on the right side matches the problems at C5/6 mentioned in the MRI.
If the MD is not a spine specialist (ie. fellowship trained neuro or ortho surgeon that does only spines), I would consider seeing one. They are the experts in evaluating all the diagnostics and suggesting appropriate treatment.... (3 replies)
... m permanent problems. That said, mild symptoms of myelopathy like you describe are often treated with conservative measures. I assume you are under the care of a spine specialist who is recommending the "watch and wait" treatment. ... (1 replies)
... To understand the MRI you need to know a little bit about spinal anatomy. In the cervical spine there are 7 vertebrae, C1 at the top of the spine around the base of your skull, through C7 roughly at the juncture between your neck and shoulders. ... (3 replies)
... Mild straightening of the spine with degenerative disc disease worst. Between C5 and C7. No subluxation. No fractures or marrow edema. ... (0 replies)
... Mild straightening of the spine with degenerative disc disease worst. Between C5 and C7. No subluxation. No fractures or marrow edema. ... (3 replies)
... Yes I do...in a week. Thank you for your opinion :) (8 replies)
... In 2006 I had a CT Scan of my lumbar spine and my thoracic spine. ... (1 replies)
... Before I start writing about my CT, let me move back a couple of steps. My car accident was May 27,2014. An SUV was in front of me, we were all moving through the green light when all of a sudden, the SUV in front of me completely stops (dead stop) while the light was still green. Every car was going 50 or more miles an hour. I was going 50/hr myself. I tried really hard to... (8 replies)
... My only suggestion would be to find a spine surgeon that has extensive experience with thoracic surgery. Most spinal surgeons, regardless of reputation, do not. ... (3 replies)
... Welcome to the board. It would be helpful to have a bit more information.
How long ago was the car accident and were you hit from behind.
Could you describe your symptoms in more detail?
The MRI is just one piece of the diagnostic puzzle. To be meaningful it must be correlated with the findings from a physical exam, basic neurological exam and a description of 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)