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Hi, I'm new to this (fantastic) board, but I've read some of your posts, and am impressed with your knowledge. Maybe you can shed some light on my situation that has baffled 4 NS's here in NY. Here goes: I am 46 years old, and a few months ago noticed muscle twitching(found out these are called fasciculations) in my left arm. A few days later I tried to run, and was shocked to find that my left leg wouldn't move as fast as my right..I was limping like I had hurt my leg...only I didn't, and had no pain, just a clumsy/awkward gait. I saw a Neurologist that diagnosed "Cervical Myelopathy", and I had MRI's of my C-Spine and Brain. The brain was normal but the MRI showed bulging/herniated disc(s)...the official "Impression" is;
MODERATE RIGHT SIDED EXTRUDED DISC,C5-6. MODERATE RIGHT LATERAL CORD COMPRESSION AND SEVERE RIGHT C6 ROOT IMPINGEMENT IS SEEN

MILD POSTERIOR BULGINGDISC ANNULI AND BONY PRODUCTIVE CHANGE,C3-4 AND C4-5. MILD BILATERAL FORAMINAL ENCROACHMENT IS SEEN AT BOTH LEVELS

MILD POSTERIOR RIDGE,C6-7, SLIGHTLY MORE RIGHT SIDED, CAUSING MILD RIGHT C7 ROOT IMPINGEMENT.

I was told to consult NS's about possible surgeries...so far I've seen 4..while they all think surgery is necessary, they are all confused as to why I am experiencing LEFT SIDED weakness, when the bulging/herniation is on the right. Also, I have NO pain, just a slight tighness when I turn my head all the way to the right. I also saw a 2nd Neuro, who was "puzzled", and said the symptoms don't match the MRI (this was at Columbia-Presbyterian Hosp, and he is the director of the ALS dept.--he so far ruled out ALS) the last NS I saw..has done over 3500 spine surgeries, and he to wasn't sure of the exact cause of my symptoms...he ordered a CT Scan to see if more bone spurs were present than the MRI showed.....The CT SCAN impression;

RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISC OSTEOPHYTE COMPLEX WITH MILD EFFACEMENT OF THE VENTRAL SUBARACHNOID SPACE AND MILD RIGHT NEURAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS AT C5-6

LARGE RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISC OSTEOPHYTE COMPLEX WITH MILD EFFACEMENT OF THE SPINAL CORD AND MILD RIGHT NEURAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS AT C6-7

RIGHT UNCOVERTEBRAL OSTEOARTHRITIC SPURRING WITH MILD RIGHT NEURAL STENOSIS AT C4-5

SMALL RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISC OSTEOPHYTE COMPLEX WITH EFFACEMENT OF THE VENTRAL SUBARACHNOID SPACE AND MILD RIGHT NEURAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS AT C3-4.

Give it to me straight NECK.....what is going on ???

Thank-you for your time----you've already been a great help with your previos posts. Hope you are feeling well...............Doug





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