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I am a 35 year old female who has suffered from chronic neck pain since 2003. I had a CT scan in 2008 which stated I have loss of the normal cervical lordosis. I have pain throughout the day and it is even worse at night when I try to lay down. I toss and turn all night long. I have started having constant muscle twitching all over my body but especially in my leg muscles. I am clueless as to what this is. Any suggestions? I get cervical epidural steroid injections now which has helped me regain some range of motion in my neck. I was unable to turn my head very far to either side, especially the left side. I was also given muscle relaxers. The epidural injections used to work wonderfully in getting rid of the pain, but the last two have not helped much with the pain but continue to help me have range of motion in my neck.


I had a MRI done just last week and these are the findings:

Seven typical cervical vertebrae are identified demonstrating normal alignment. Intervertebral disk spaces and vertebral body heights are maintained and osseous marrow signal is normal. The signal within the cervical cord is normal. There are no epidural or paravertebral masses or collections.

At the C4-5, there is posterior disk osteophyte complex which effaces the anterior thecal sac but does not deform the cord. There is no neural foraminal stenosis.

At the C5-6, there is a posterior disk osteophyte complex with a slight left paracentral component which effaces the anterior thecal sac. Some mild left neural foraminal narrowing is noted. The right foramen is widely patent. The remainder of the intervertebral disk spaces are normal without discongenic disease, central canal or neural foraminal narrowing.

Impression:
C4-5 and C5-6 disk osteophyte complexes with slight left C5-6 neural foraminal narrowing as outlined above.:confused:





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