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Need advice please. cervical spine problems.

A: Hi, I am sorry you are here. Your diagnosis is similar to mine - see my post MRI results. I have severe stenosis c4-7 with osteophyte, cord compression, herniated disc, etc. I just posted about wanting surgery. What are your symptoms at this point? What are your next steps? Take care, lisa As of right now I have an appointment with a Neuro surgeon in NY to see what he thinks. My main symptom is neck pain, headaches and I have a contant lump in throat feeling which I believe associated to this althoough my Dr. doubts it. What about you? Hi Alex....I''m sorry that you are going through...If it makes you feel any better, I completely relate to what you are talking about! I''ve had a herniated C5 C6 for many years, but due to an injury...


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Chronic Pain, Moderate Spinal Stenosis, No strength in hands, herniated disc c3 -c7, cervical spine Reversed?

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A lump distant to the initial lumpectomy (and 2nd biopsy) was found, and will be biopsied in a couple weeks. Hotspots showed up on left and right rib, both laterally and posteriorally, and on spine. Now, I''ve had several spinal fractures, but in my memory were that they were in the cervical spine - told I was very lucky not to have been paralyzed - a hiking accident in 1970. Isn''t the dorsal spine the ''middle'' (cervical near neck, dorsal middle and lumbar bottom, if my A&P still serves me ) I must mention to doc that this dorsal vertebrae is not in area of prev. injury. I also fell and injured a couple ribs in the back in January, so the hotspots there can be explained...but...How long can we say the hotspots on the bone scan are due to previous injuries, and at what point should we question? Will there ever be a way to tell a potential mets from hotspots caused by previous injuries? My initial tumor was 1.3 cm, and I had lumpectomy, clean nodes, AC plus rads and currently take 20 mg Tamoxifen/day. I am currently on 50 mics of duragesic and take 3-4 vicoden/day for severe back pain that has increased over the last say 5 years, more so in the last year (my first bout with cancer was in 2001, it''s now May 2003). I have lost weight - 5-6 pounds in the last 3-4 weeks. My surgeon says she''ll hobnob with the radiologist to see if there are explanations for the hotspots in the bonescan, and if there''s none, there will be a bone biopsy (OUCH!)

A: Hot spots are tough to evaluate. you can have a hot spot that is from a bone fracture from 10 years ago.comparing bone scans from today to previous and future films is our best method today for evaluating things.The bottom line though for definitive answer is a biopsy. ugh....


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neck and back injuries

A: Dear Andrea, Yes a car crash can definitely cause flattening of the cervical curve.  It has been shown in the clinical literature that when rear-ended, the whiplash mechanism causes abnormal biomechanical motions in the spine which can alter the resultant structure.  The major damage is usually manifested in the ligaments of the cervical curve and this area needs to be rehabilitated efficiently with active an passive protocols.   Your therapist is correct that traction can be helpful to alleviate the pressure in the neck from gravity, but it must be applied in a precise and measured way to affect the actual curve of the neck.  The measurements are taken from the neck x-rays and are specific...


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c1 neck fracture, thorasic pain, head injury

A: Dear Mia, First...you should probably print this out!  Most thoracic pain post car crash is actually referred pain from the cervical spine.  When the soft tissue structures of the neck are damaged, the pain referral is the entire neck, shoulders and upper back to the shoulder blades.  This type of pain is called sclerotogenous pain and has been clinically documented and well known for over 70 years.  Therefore, I do not think you absolutely need the thoracic CT.  If any occult fractures are suspected in the thoracic spine, a SPECT scan would be preferable to regular CT. An additional MRI of your neck may be a viable source of new information, but I would ask that a FLAR with proton...


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What Is a cervical Sprain?

A: A cervical sprain is an injury to ligaments in the neck. This neck injury affects an upper part of the spine, and may be caused by a variety of factors, including motor vehicle accidents and injuries acquired during contact sports. The type of sprain may have different levels of severity. Minor sprains may cause pain and swelling, but may be treatable at home depending on the condition.. A sprain of this type occurs when muscles or joints in the spinal cord stretch beyond their normal limitations due to overextended motion in the neck. This form of stretching causes tension and small tears in the neck muscles or ligaments. Sudden movements such as whiplash, a common occurrence during car...


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T-spine

A: Hello, Tiffany. Here"s the pivotal sentence in all of that: "There is straightening of teh cervical spine which may represent muscular spasm versus strain" Disc protrusions, radiating pain, and "degenerative disc disease" all stem from muscular contractions along the spine, which pull upon vertebrae, change spinal alignment, compress discs, and often trap nerve roots, leading to radiating pain at a distance from the entrapment (such as your ribs). Such muscular spasms can be made worse by activity until you recover control of the involved muscles and movements. What you"ve left out is the nature of your work-injury.  That would be informative. Generally, injuries cause...


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fall/head/neck/spine

A: Susan, You most certainly suffered from an Upper cervical spine injury from this fall.  You may have had a previous injury as well, but there is no question that this one set you farther into destruction.  If you truly want to get well and assure a better future for you then you will have to have the cause located and also corrected. What part of the country are you in? I can see if there is possibly a specialist near you that could help you, but there is no question you need help. I would gladly help you as I do many people from different parts of the country although it didn"t sound like you would be in a position to travel to St Louis for a month of intensive care. Do you...


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If You Have A Spinal Cord injury, Is It Difficult To Move Your Rib Cage Or Diaphragm?

A: What can and cannot be moved with a spinal cord injury depends on both the level of the injury and the severity (damage or severing). Someone with a lumbar spine injury is less impaired than one with a thoracic spine or cervical spine injury. cervical injuries are the most severe. The diaphragm is innervated by the phrenic nerve, which actually travels outside the spinal cord right after the brainstem (hence quadriplegics can still breathe). Moving ribs theoretically could be affected. The answer depends upon the location of the spinal cord

 
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