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mri results

I was attacked by a Chow dog Nov. 24, 07.  Since then I have been told that I have whiplash, neck and shoulder sprain/strain.  They did an x-ray that showed advanced arthritis in my neck and arthritis in my lower back.  I am also getting shaking in my hands/fingers.  Further MRI findings were as follows, compared to x-rays earlier same month.  I don't really understand what all of this means.  Can anyone help me?  Has anyone had similar MRI reports?

Cervial Spine Findings: Slight reversal of the normal cervical lordotic curve centered at C5-C6. Moderate degenerative changes present at C5-C6-C7 wi th mild disc desiccation and degenerative endplate changes and marginal osteophyte formation.  Small Schmorl's node is present at the inferior endplate of C6.  There is no parawspinal mass or fluid collection.

C5-C6: There is mild disc disccation. A right posterolateral disc protrusion is present which measures 2mm w/o significant central spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal stenosis.

C6-C7: Small curcumferential disc bulge is present which measures less than 2mm posteriorly causing minimal impresion on the anterior thecal sac.  The AP diameter of the central spinal canal measures 10mm.  No neural foraminal stenosis.

Lumbar Spine Findings: Mild degenerative endplate changes at L5-S1 with mild reactive marrow edema and small anterior osteophyte formation.  Mild disc desiccation at L5-S1.  No paraspinal mass or fluid collection.  The conus medullaris terminates at level of L1.

L5-S1: Mild disc desiccation.  Minimal diffuse disc bulge. No spinal canal or neural foraminal stenosis.

I also have bursitis  in my Right Shoulder, all due to being attacked by a dog!

I have seen a Chiroprator, Physical Therapist, Pain Management Doctor, Primary Care Doctor and also an Ortho Dr for my shoulder.  I am on pain meds, anti inflammatory pills, and anxiety pills.  I have pretty constant pain in my neck, shoulders and lower back.  My neck hurts if I am looking down for a short time.


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i cant help you completely....but i can tell you what some of the terms mean....

dessiccation.....decrease of fluid in discs............drink lots of water to work on building the fluid back up.

degenerative changes...What is degenerative disc disease?

As we age, the water and protein content of the body's cartilage changes. This change results in weaker, more fragile and thin cartilage. Because both the discs and the joints that stack the vertebrae (facet joints) are partly composed of cartilage, these areas are subject to wear and tear over time (degenerative changes). The gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae is referred to as degenerative disc disease.

Degeneration of the disc is medically referred to as spondylosis. Spondylosis can be noted on x-ray tests or MRI scanning of the spine as a narrowing of the normal "disc space" between the adjacent vertebrae.

Degeneration of the disc tissue makes the disc more susceptible to herniation. Degeneration of the disc can cause local pain in the affected area. Any level of the spine can be affected by disc degeneration. When disc degeneration affects the spine of the neck, it is referred to as cervical disc disease. When the mid-back is affected, the condition is referred to as thoracic disc disease. Disc degeneration that affects the lumbar spine is referred to as lumbago. Lumbago causes pain localized to the low back and is common in older persons. Degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) of the facet joints is also a cause of localized lumbar pain that can be detected with plain x-ray testing. The pain from degenerative disc or joint disease of the spine is usually treated conservatively with intermittent heat, rest, rehabilitative exercises, and medications to relieve pain, muscle spasm, and inflammation.

protrusion.....discs bulging out...yours is mild


Schmorl's node: An upward and downward protrusion (pushing into) of a spinal disk's soft tissue into the bony tissue of the adjacent vertebrae (the bony building blocks of the spine). Schmorl's nodes are detectable with an x-ray test as a spine abnormality .

Schmorl's nodes are most common in the middle and lower spine.

Schmorl's nodes are common, especially with minor degeneration of the aging spine. Schmorl's nodes usually cause no symptoms, but reflect that "wear and tear" of the spine has occurred over time. Schmorl's nodes are a helpful x-ray finding as an indicator of degenerative process that may be affecting a patient's spine.

you do not have stenosis....which is a good thing. ......spinal stenosis is a narrowing of your spine. In a more detailed explanation, spinal stenosis is when the channels that your spinal cord and nerve roots travel through become narrower-so narrow that your spinal cord and nerve roots get squeezed. Doctors often call this squeezing "compression."

even though your report says "mild" bulging in several areas...that doesnt mean that you arent in pain.even the mild ones can cause alot of pain/problems.
even though things are reading "mild"...that does not mean that the pain you have isnt bad....even the smallest of bulges can cause pain/problems.

have you talked to/seen a neurosurgeon? they might can help. have you tried epidural steroid injections??

hope this helps you some...sorry that i cant be of more help to you
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Feldenkrais helped me a lot - there are classes and private sessions.

Avoid steroid injections as this will cause scar tissue that will cause more prolonged problems.

Also going to restorative yoga classes may help...

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HI, it does sound like ur muscels r twisted and tight....it is causing ur neck to reverse it's curve...this initself can cause pain.Plus u have bulging disks....more pain!

When was ur last MRI?...u may need another one.....injuries like this can cause other issues than the ones dx'd from ur last MRI report.

I had the reversal of my cervical lordotic curve  and it was reversed!...I also have DDD, cervical spinal stinosis and chiari.

U need to relax ur neck and shoulder muscles.....see ur dr and have the MRI's.....of the Brain, cervical and thoracic spine! w/wo contrast.

Good luck
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