Cervical MRI and Do you think C5-6 should have been Done in Surgery with C6-7?
The Alignment is Slightly Abnormal Now with a grade 1 Retrolisthesis at C4-5. This is a new finding. Dorsal annular fissure and hypertense on this clearly demonstrated within the C3-4 disc which is a new finding as well and potentially could be a source of discogenic pain. Minimal dorsal hypertense zones are seen within C4-5 through C6-7 levels as well. Disc space narrowing is found at C6-7 definitely and also to some degree C5-6. There are no discrete vertebral or cord lesions otherwise though there are some degenerative endplate changes which are now new at C5-6 and C6-7 all indicative of progressive degenerative disc disease.
At C3-4, there is a posterior central Protruding disc herniation which again abuts the cord. The cord is not significantly deformed but slightly flattened as seen before as well. The mid canal sagittal diameter is about 9 mm with very mild spinal stenosis change.
At C4-5, posterior central disc herniation again indents the cord slightly. Spinal stenosis changes with the mid canal sagittal diameter of 7-8 mm again is demonstrated and this is a stable finding.
C5-6 again shows bilateral uncovertebral joint spurring with some degenerative bulging causing cord flattening. The mid canal sagittal diameter at this level is about 10 mm with borderline to mild stenosis present.
C6-7 there are new findings. Prominent left sided spurring from the uncovertebral joint now causes compression of the left C7 root which is a new finding. There is probably some mild cord compression as well and the mid canal sagittal diameter is about 11 mm though without overt mid canal sagittal stenosis.
Overall, Progressive disc disease changes are found with persistent stenosis, a fairly mild degree at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6. however, there is markedly progressive left bony foraminal stenosis at C6-7.
I had a Artificial Steel Disk put in at C6/7, and I have had severe pain even right after surgery, the surgeon, got mad at me as if I was or did something wrong? and that has been what since 2008, my Arms both go Dead, and stay that way for weeks at a time, my fingers go dead, and I do not even want to talk about the pain going down my from my shoulders,the back of the arms down the outside of the forearms and into the hands, my index fingers feel like they are broken glass in them at times or they are dead feeling, or the pins and needles, leggs week all the times or the nerves down the outside of the calves. knees very week. headaches from hell, muscle spasms up and down my neck so bad all the way up to my skull. My shoulder color blades painful, nerves burning or very painful going down between the shoulder blades.
Can hardly turn neck for one side to the other, and forget sleeping with my face turning to the left that can not happen!
Oh, and my Elbows, please! the left one feels like it is being ripped off of me at times, and throbs so bad.
I have had MRI's done 3 or 4 times the the metal from the Artificial Disk Blocks the 3 mail levels so they can not report on them. so why do they keep ordering them??? So this neurologist just keeps upping my meds, and does nothing, he just says I have severe Arthritis in my Neck! and I do not even want to get Started on my Lumbar area! it is just as bad if not worse! but I need to get my neck fixed before I do anything! but.... I Do not want Surgery until it is the Last result! Am I there yet? This last may, when both m,y Arms went dead for those 2 weeks it really scared the Crap out of me!!! it had a weird stump like feeling?
they got better, but I do not want to push it and whined up with it like that for ever? and yet I am so scared to trust another doctor again! and we have lost to many in our family from BLood clots after surgery! so I am just plain scared to have anything done, I am 53, not over weight! but I do still smoke.. I need to quit I know that! and want to! but with all the stress and sitting my life away on this couch because of the pain it is so dang hard...the stress of it all.
Thank you so much in advance.
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