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C4-C7 Disc herniations

Started by vm1068 on 07/16/2018 10:29pm

Hi all. I am a 49yo female and have been having balance issues and headaches and of course PAIN! My neck has been problematic for the past 20 years....it would flare up for a while, then get back to manageable pain. the past few months, I have now started with the chronic headaches and pain in the deltoid and shoulder. Over the past few weeks I have started having noticeable balance issues. (i'm sure some of you can totally relate). So because of another issue I was having, an MRI of my c spine was done. The mri noted perineural cysts, but more noteable is what is below:

C4-C5: Disc protrusion indenting the ventral thecal sac and deforming the
ventral spinal cord causing mild spinal canal stenosis. No significant
foraminal stenosis.

C5-C6: Disc protrusion indenting the ventral thecal sac and deforming the
ventral cord, causing mild spinal canal stenosis. No significant foraminal
stenosis.

C6-C7: Disc protrusion and endplate osteophyte formation causing mild spinal
canal stenosis. Uncovertebral joint arthropathy causing mild left foraminal
stenosis.

I am starting PT tomorrow, but I am wondering how many of you have had these disc herniations together and if you had PT, how much did it help? Did you end up having to have surgery? If so, how did that go for you and what type of surgery did you have?

Thanks for any information you can give and good wishes for good health to all.

VM

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Hi, VM--thanks for your post! How is PT going? Are you seeing any reduction in neck pain?

PT is among the most common non-surgical treatments for bulging/herniated discs in your neck, but if your neck pain isn't responding to it, then you should tell your doctor. Your doctor may discuss surgery or perhaps there's other non-surgical treatments to try first.

Based on what you've described in your post, we thought you might be interested in reading these resources:
( Cervical Herniated Disc or Ruptured Disc ): This article includes surgical procedures for cervical disc pain
( Cervicogenic Headaches Start in the Neck )
( Neck Pain and Headaches )

We hope this information helps, and we wish you the very best with your PT!

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