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Started by mrsroberson21 on 10/08/2017 2:29pm

I'm new to this forum and looking for some peace of mind. It all started back when I was in my 20s. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my neck. It bothered me some. I dealt with it. Now let's fast forward to 2015. On Halloween I had a bit too much fun and fainted and recieved a pretty good concussion. I was out for about 15 minutes. 48 hours later in the hospital with the diagnosis of a concussion. I had post concussion syndrome for a good while. Had 2 rounds of occipital nerve blocks. Major migraines. Now let's fast forward 6 months later. I started getting tremors really bad all over my body. After a number of tests, I was diagnosed with Essential Tremors. Finally got that situated. Fast forward another 6 months or so, this is 2017 now. In March I started to fall. Legs just gave out .It happened once and then is started to get really bad in may. I kept falling a lot. There were days I would fall 6 or more times. I ended up in a wheelchair. I couldn't walk, legs were heavy. I went to my neurologist, she was no help. I was referred to [edit] and was referred to a rheumatologist. I finally got an appointment and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, ddd. I had an mri on my back and found arthritis and a herniated disc on my l4/5. No one has figured out the falls at this time. Rheumatologist suggested that I go to pain management. I made an appointment and got an mri on my neck. Also did epidural shots for diagnosis to see if that the spot to burn the nerves. I did two rounds of that and am waiting to do the RFA on 10/19. Looking forward to that. Now my biggest worry is my neck. I would like to post my mri and see if anyone has anything similar. I saw that I have spinal stenosis in my neck and doctor is thinking my neck is what is causing my falls. I am worried that if I fall, one will cause some major damage. I hope I am just overrating. Pain management doc wants to do a epidural shot in the neck, once we get done with the back. I am hoping all conservative treatment helps. I really don't want to do surgery. But I am open to it, if need be. I also hope that if there is any questions I should be asking me doctor about my neck that I am not thinking of, from personal experiences. Thank you for letting me rant.

Mri report

Exam: MRI Cervical spine without contrast

INDICATIONS: Cervicalgia, cervical pain with radiculopathy

COMPARISON: None

TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar T1-T2 and STIR sequences obtained of the cervical spine without contrast

FINDINGS: Nonspecific straightening with slight reversal of the mid to upper cervical curve. Slight grade 1 retrolisthesis C5 over C6. Congenital segmentation anomaly with a congenital “block” vertebrae between C6-C7 with partial interbody fusion and bilateral facet joint fusion. Hemangioma within the T2 vertebral body. Otherwise normal marrow signal intensity pattern. No compression fracture deformity.

Craniovertebral junction is unremarkable with normal position of the cerebellar tonsils. Predental space is not widened.

C2/C3: No disc herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.

C3/C4: Slight generalized disc bulging. No focal herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.

C4/C5: Generalized disc bulging. Mild vertebral endplate/uncovertebral spurring. Broad posterior disc profusion eccentric to the right with moderate canal stenosis in the right parasagittal plane with mild underlying ventral cord flattening with the effective AP diameter of the canal measuring approximately 7.7mm in the right parasagittal plane. Foramen patent.

C5/C6: Generalized disc bulging. Mild vertebral endplate/uncovertebral spurring. Broad posterior osteophyte complex eccentric to the left with mild to moderate canal stenosis and slight underlying ventral cord flattening towards the left. Effective AP diameter of the canal measures approximately 8.4mm in the left parasagittal plane. Foramen patent.

C6/C7: Congential segmentation anomaly at this level. No disc herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.

C7/T1: No disc herniation. No canal or foraminal stenosis.

Cervical and visualized upper thoracic spinal cord demonstrate normal signal intensity.

IMPRESSION:

1. Congenital segmentation anomaly with congenital “block vertebrae” between C6 and C7

2. Nonspecific straightening and mild reversal of the mid to upper cervical curve. Slight grade 1 retrolisthesis C5 over C6.

3. At C4/5 posterior disc protrusion eccentric to the right with moderate canal stenosis in the right parasagittal plane with mild underlying ventral cord flattening. Foramen patent.

4. At C5/6 mild broad posterior disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left with mild to moderate canal stenosis and slight underlying left ventral cord flattening. Foramen patent.

5. Cervical and visualized upper thoracic spinal cord demonstrate normal signal intensity.

Please see comments above for detailed description of the imaging findings at each specific level.

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Hello, mrsroberson21--welcome to our Community! We hope you find helpful information and stories here.

We have a few resources we'd like to share with you. First, you mentioned questions to ask your doctor. This resource includes some great questions that may help: ( Questions You Should Ask About Pain and Pain Treatment )

Secondly, we'd like to share this article about spinal stenosis: ( Spinal Stenosis: Non-operative Treatment ). Fortunately, you will most likely be able to manage spinal stenosis with the conservative treatment measures noted in this article. But, if you eventually consider surgery, there's a link to learn more about that, too.

Lastly, a lot of the conditions you described are mentioned in this article and may be of interest: ( Degenerative Cervical Spine Disorders ).

We hope this information helps in your conversations with your doctor. We wish you the very best!

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