SpineUniverse Community Advice
Get help and share your story with others who know what you're going through.
Please register or log in to join the discussions!

NEED HELP WITH MY RESULTS OF MY C-SPINE, AND LUMBAR

Started by achyten on 06/19/2010 2:10am

i GOT MY RESULTS FOR MY CERVICAL SPINE XRAYS,, AND i DON'T KNOW HOW BAD i REALLY AM,,, NO ONE HAS EXPLAINED ANYTHING TO ME... i WOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL IF SOMEONE COULD HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON WITH MY WHOLE SPINE,, BESIDES DDD.
i HAVE SO MUCH PAIN IN MY NECK AREA, DOWN TO MY LOWER BACK.
i"LL GIVE YOU MY RESULTS WITH HOPES SOMEONE CAN HELP ME...
HERE THEY ARE:
THIS IS FOR MY CERVICAL SPINE... Mild to moderate spondylotic changes are present, with lipping of the anterior vertebral body margins. There is mild accompanying disc space narrowing at C4-5 and mild narrowing at C5-6. The exit foramina are maintained.There is mild left C4-5 facet joint degeneration. Generous sized C7 transverse elements are noted. No true cervical ribs.
PELVIS VIEW....Mild bilateral sacroiliitis. Mild iliolumbar ligament ossification is noted at the lumbosacral junction.

NOW FOR MY CT LUMBAR SPINE.....Mild m ultilevel spondylotic changes are presnt, and there is moderatelt advanced degenerative disc disease at L4 through S1 levels. There is disc space narrowing along with vaccum phenomena. There is mild levoconvex scoliolsis. Grade 1 spondylolisthesis is present at L5-S1, with forward displacement of L5 estimated at 1 cm. There is accompanying bilateral L5 spondylolysis. Multi level facet joint degeneration is most advanced at L5-S1.

L5-S1...There is mild posterior bulging of the disc annulus producing minor impingement on the tapering thecal sac. Bony lateral recess stenosis on the right is below the level of the exiting L5 nerve root.

I don't why the doctor didn't explain all this to me,,, all he said was that I had a lot of osteo arthritis going on.
Never offered me any help,,although I am on oxycontin 20mgs,, and dilaudid for break through pain for fibromyalgia. These meds don't seem to help all that much for my spine pains..

I"ve had one back surgery a long time ago,,, where decompression was used at that time.. I"ve been having back pain again now for about 4 yrs..I"m 65 yrs old,,had fibromyalgia for most of my life.
I don't know if these results are not bad enough for the doctor to not send me to specialist of some kind..
So, I"m really hoping I can get some help with trying to explain all thats is going on with me..

I"ll apprecaite any help I can get.... God bless and comfort you all with your pain issues...

Hugs,,, achyten

Do you find this discussion helpful?
0

5 Responses

Like/Dislike
0

I"m sorry, I forgot to say that I"m a new member,,, very new...
I guess I was so anxious to get my message posted,, needing help.
All those big words only confuse me more.
I"m in soooo much pain,,and am thinking of going to the hospital ER.
But with how bad the pain is,, I won't be able to sit there for 6-8 hrs
before I do see a doc... and then,,, just what will they do for me?
I"m so tired of this horrible pain....and I wish someone would c ome and talk to me.

God Bless each and everyone of you who are suffering too.
achyten xoxo

Like/Dislike
0

I had one doctor put me on Cymbalta for back pain, and it worked wonderfully until I started hand tremors which are a no no in my job. A lot of anti depressanst are also used for fibromyalgia. Go to AAOS.ORG and research some of the terms. They walk you through it "simple talk." Also, if your doctor won't explain it, and you aren't comfortable, that is a real simple answer. FIND another doctor that will. That website also lists doctors that are board certified. Also ask friends. Spine injections also may help you. Narcotics are not a solution, and you will become addicted.

Good Luck.

Like/Dislike
0

You did not say what qualifications your doctor has other than to be able to read imaging studies. You need to visit a qualified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery. Most of them will sit you down and explain in detail what all that language means and what possible treatments (surgical or medical) are available. Today's spinal surgeon can do microscopic surgical procedures that are effective and do not require extensive hospitalization. I had been wheel-chair bound for severe spinal arthritic disease until i found a specializing surgeon who, with extensive surgery and rehab, got me out of my wheelchair and back on my feet! It was difficult to find him but i did and he gave me back my life. Good luck!

Like/Dislike
0

My doctor is an Orthopaedic Surgeon. His is the best practice in town and I had to fight workers comp to get them to switch to him. Of course the first doctor, who wasn't a specialist, disabling me a 5% made the City a little more.... Cooperative? My surgery should be in the next month or two, the pain is so bad that they have taken me out of work. I can't even do the core exercises anymore on the ball, but at least I got my weight back down beforehand.

Thanks for the wishes!

Like/Dislike
0

Other than the diagnosis of Fibro, your imaging results sound somewhat similar to mine at about the same age. Regretably, my spine degenerated very rapidly over the next couple of years leading to my complete loss of ambulation. The L5-S1 problems you described are especially similar and my surgeon used a procedure called "axialif" (look that up on Google if you wish) to repair and stabilize my lower spine and it worked! This was 4 years ago, just after the US FDA approved the procedure and the devices necessary (some titanium). Once again, find a qualified spinal surgeon before your problems get any worse; That proverbial ounce of prevention may apply.

SHOW MAIN MENU
SHOW SUB MENU
Cancel
Delete