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Constant pain fron c5-6. Mri done, seen neuro, scheduled physical therapy. Would like to hear from others with similar.

Started by 102082844572056... on 04/01/2016 12:28pm

I am 52 yr old female, was in car accident at 16 an my head went through window an hit a pole. At the time i was just stitched up no xrays or anything, never had any trouble til got in my 30s an started having shoulder pain, in my 40s it got worse an in 2012 had mri an seen ortho surgeon. He said that its best to leave it be if gets worse he would try injections. This year i requested another mri because my thumb was having pain an my neck pain is unbearable at times, weakness in the right arm, headaches at times my mind seems cloudy an forgetful not sure if any of this relates to my neck. Seen new ortho who said i had few options pt, injections an surgery. He didnt address all the symptoms i have been having. My mri report c4-5 asymmetric right sided facet arthropathy. There is no disc herniation. Minimal right foraminal narrowing. No left foraminal narrowingor central spinal stenosis.
C5-6 there is broad base disc osteophyte complex measuring approx 3 mm in dia, not appreciably changed. There is ligamentum flavum thickening. There is flattening of the ventral margin of the cervical spinal cord with resultant moderate central spinal canal stenosis, not appreciably changed. There is bilateral uncovertebral spurring, assymmetric along the right side with moderate -severe right an moderate left foraminal narrowing.
C6-7 is ok
C7-t1 also ok
T3-T4 indenting arthropathy an ligamentum flavum thickening again noted at T3-4, indenting the posterior margin of the thecal sac. This examination is degraded bt motion artifact, particularly on the axial sequence.
I am not sure what all that means but have seen the mri pictures of the narrowing. Start pt next week, in hopes of relief an prevent from getting worse. Really wanting to avoid surgery.

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I am so sorry you are going through this. My stenosis is throughput my c-spine but mainly problems on right side with the main problem according to the MRI at c3-4. I have had two steroid injections, one late February and the other early March with no results, so my doctor ordered physical therapy last week. Things went well last Wednesday and Friday, but Monday they took a turn for the worse. I woke up and felt ok but by the time I got to physical therapy my neck and upper back were spasming and I didn't do well. Now it's Wednesday and around 3:00 am and after flexeril and neurotin I am in a lot of pain. I truly believe therapy has exacerbated my stenosis and caused more pain for me. It's so frustrating because I went in very excited about this. So be careful with physical therapy and if it is hurting worse make sure to tell them, don't power through thinking your just going to "grin and bare it".


Has your doctor ever suggest traction?

I have moderate spinal stenosis and disc herniation at C5-6-7.
The rest of my neck is herniated, bungled, or the flavum is thick.

My neurosurgeon is sending me to PT for therapy and for traction.
He also ordered me home traction . It's a device made out of neoprene and rubber with a hand held ball like they use when taking your blood pressure.

I have to use it for fifteen minutes a day.
It's helping somewhat. My muscles are sore but that's to be expected.

He is also sending me to a larynxtologist for my throat. Food gets stuck in my throat but he said it's not from my neck.

I have severe headaches, stuffiness, pain, and my C5 nerve is affecting my ears with ringing.

Give therapy a try. I found with my lumbar issues I need to practice the PT exercises at home on a regular bases.
Sounds like my cervical issues need the same attention.