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Hi,

I was in a car accident in May 07 this year hit from behind at a traffic light. My car was totaled. The same thing happened to me in 02. In 02, I was told that I had cervical DDD and some herniated discs. I had wrist problems from the 02 accident which were resolved surgically but there was no correlation to my neck issues. I had two neurosurgical consults in 02: First said that I needed fusion surgery and the second opinion was to treat the problem conservatively since there wasnt any radicular pain or myelopathy/stenosis issues. 4 months of chiropractic treatment, hand and wrist surgery as well as physical therapy put me in working condition again. I am not so lucky this time.

For the last 4 months since the 05 accident, I have true radicular pain in my arms, more left than right. Muscle weakness, burning tingling etc. I also have occipital neuralgia and sometimes I can barely pick my head off the couch. Tried physical therapy, traction, medications and I am considering epiderals, but the neurosurgeon I went to see said that she felt they wouldnt help me due to stenosis issues.

Here is my MRI report and I am open to opinions. I am worried about neurological damage if I wait too long. The problem is all day and does not ever go away. Here goes:

There is loss of cervical lordosis with slight straigtening of the cervical spine. Vertebral body heights are normal. There are degenerative end plate marrow signal changes at c-5-6. There is also multilevel disc space narrowing that is most prominent at c-4-5 and c 5-6.

c-2-3 No significant abnormality

c3-4 There is a small central disc protrusion that effaces ventral thecal sac but does not result in cord compression or central canal stenosis. There is also an osteophyte arising off the right uncovertebral joint that results in slight narrowing of the right neural foramen with questionable impingement upon the exiting C4 nerve root. If symptomatic this can result in C4 radiculopathy.

C-4-5 THere is a posterior disc/osteophyte complex that effaces the ventral thecal sac but does not result in cord compression or central canal stenosis. There are also osteophytes arising off the uncovertebral joints bilaterally right greater than left. This results in slight narrowing of the right neural foramen without definite impingement upon the exiting right C5 root.

c5-6 There is a moderately sized posterior disc/osteophyte complex that compresses the ventral thecal sac and results in borderline central canal stenosis. There are also osteophytes arising off the uncovertebral joints bilaterally, right, greater than left. This results in narrowing of the right neural foramen and possible impingement upoin the exiting c6 nerve root. If symptomatic, this can result in right C6 radiculopathy.

c6-7 There is a small central disc protrusion that effaces the ventral thecal sac but does not result in cord compression or central canal stenosis. The neural foramina are patent.

Impression: Moderate multilevel degenerative spondylosis as described. The most significantly affected appears to be C5-6.

The report doesnt seem so significant, but I am not getting better. Anyone with a similar situation that can share their experience? I'm feeling a little lonely....:confused:





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