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[QUOTE=greenacres;3448622]Well, what a journey so far. First, they thought it was MS - nope. Now, my neuro has suggested instead of referring me to a Neuro Surgeon he'll refer me to ANOTHER neurologist to get an opinion on my peripheral neuropathy (which I question as well). I do not have diabetes. I had Cervical Injection scheduled for the 29th, my neuro canceled that, because he felt they would not help me.

My last MRI of c-spine is below. I called a different radiologist to review it and he said that the nerve that is being pinched is actually the C7 not C8 and I do have a significant herniation and does correlate with all of my symptoms except the burning feet "possibly". It is also touching my spinal cord with compression. So, I THINK I will probably have surgery on this because it sounds pretty bad in there. What do you guys think? My symptoms are severe left side neck pain, shoulder in between shoulders pain, pain down left arm and headaches quite often. Sleeping is hard because I also have lumbar herniations which I'll ask him about as well. I am a mess to say the least. Anyhoo, wish me luck ;)

**MRI Cervical Spine without Contrast. The vertebrae are normally aligned. Stature of the vertebral bodies is maintained. Spinal cord is of normal morphology with exception of ventral impression on the cord in the left paramedian location at C6-7 secondary to moderate protrusion of the nucleus pulposus. There is no evidence of tonsillar herniation, and the foramen magnum is normal in appearance. There is mild/moderate broad-based bulging in the disk/endplate complex at C5-6, but this finding does not cause impression on the spinal cord, there is no spinal or foraminal stenosis at this level.

Impression: Significant protrusion of the nucleus pulposus at C6-7, finding is positioned in the left paramedian location and causes mild ventral impression on the spinal cord. It is also possible that this finding may impinge the traversing left C8 root. Otherwise unremarkable MRI of the cervical spine.

Lumbar MRI – December 31, 2007

Results: Normal through L3/4 level. L4/L5 level: There are some mild deg facet changes w/out other significant deg osseous changes. The disk is narrowed and dessicated and does show a broad base disc bulge with a small central disc protrusion. There is also some increased signal in the posterior annulus which could be due to a small tear. These findings do cause mild canal stenosis and foraminal recess narrowing. The neural foramina themselves show minimal narrowing without affecting the exiting nerves. The spinal nerve roots are normal.

L5/S1 level. Minimal facet arthropathy is present without other bony degenerative changes. The disc is narrowed and dessicated with a mild broad base disc bulge with a small to moderate central protrusion which appears to abut up against the proximal left S1 exiting nerve and possibly the right S1 exiting nerve. No significant canal stenosis is identified. The foramina bilaterally show no significant narrowing. The exiting L5 nerves are unaffected. The spinal nerve roots are normal.[/QUOTE]
This is basically the same subject you all are talking about, I have lower lumbar disc bulging, and degenerative disc disease, nerve root compression in the lower lumbar area which pinches on the nerves that apparently go down into my legs n feet. I was told I also have spinal stenosis. and a tear at T11, I also have a herniated disc at C6-c7, I believe., I think Ive had the neck thing alot longer then the back from a car accident back in the 80's., oh and my facet joints are basically rubbing bone to bone. So, anyway I have constant chronic pain in my lower back which makes it hard to sit, hard to stand and very hard to walk, along with my FEET. The pain in my feet, mainly the left one is so severe its dibilitating....I cant stand long, sitting makes em numb.., walking is usually a really big challenge, and usually I try to use the scooters at the grocery store, because I cant stand the pain it causes in my feet. Its a constant radiating pain in the bottom of my feet and toes, pins n needles, cold when the rest of me is warm, a cold sweat on my feet happens frequently and is very painful and uncomfortable., I get the cramping and muscle spasms in my calfs, and jumping from the calfs all the way up my thighs, and sometimes alot of swelling occurs in feet and in calfs, it looks like I have no ankles some days. But this injury has changed my life so bad it's not even funny. I have had 2 nerve blocks, with very little relief, and they want me to do a third. I have had 2 MRI's done, went to a vascular doctor, who said it wasn't my circulation, it was apparently from the nerves. My big toenails both changed color as well....they go from dark to light and dark. like the bottom of the nail is dark, then center is light, and top is dark again....Now tell me what that means???....the foot doctor said it wasnt a fungus...anyway any advise would be wonderful. I feel so alone in all this misery, My life really sucks from all this pain day in day out......

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