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  • helpme123
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    What kind of symptoms can be caused from bone spurs ? I posted my MRI report , and was wondering if my hands that dont feel texture and feel broken has anything to do with my MRI report , the bottom of my feet also feel like I am walking on crushed bone at times , just wondering if bone spurs as mentioned on my MRI REPORT has anything to do with these symptoms , I have burning all over, when I turn my neck to the right side it feels like its stinging , my arms feel really heavy as well as my legs , I get shooting pains in my legs that feels crippling off and on , I never had the severity of these symptoms other then the burning , until I fell recently a very small fall, and after lying in a hot tub where I was putting my neck and back directly on the jets that was forcably pushing water out , can that be any cause of the mild disks and bone spurs , I am 48 years old female , I was told its common at my age. Can you please help me to know if any of these symptoms are related to my MRI report I posted under the topic MRI report, please . Thnak yoy very much

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Bone spurs are ubiquitous. They form from degenerative changes of the discs and joints. Bone spurs may or may not cause symptoms. It depends upon their location.

    Many times, patients will form spurs and have no idea. This is because these spurs are on the front of the spine and there are no significant structures that can be compressed even by an inch long spur.

    If the spur is located in the neural foramen as the uncovertebral spurs are in the cervical spine, compression of a nerve root can occur and the typical pain will radiate down the arm. If the spur is in the spinal canal, spinal cord compression can occur and the resultant myelopathy (see website).

    If the spur forms off the facet in the lumbar spine, lateral recess stenosis and foraminal stenosis can occur (see website).

    You will have to attach your MRI report to see if I can determine if there is any relationship between your symptoms and the MRI findings.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    helpme123
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    THIS IS THE RECENT MRI DONE FEBRUARY 12 2012

    There is a mild scoliosis of the cervicothoracic junction convex to the left ..

    At C2/3,there is mild disc bulging.

    At C2/4 and C4/5,there is mildmild central disc bulging and minor osteophyte indenting the thecal sac.

    At C5/6,there is diffuse disc bulging and osteophyte,more prominent centrally .

    At C6/7,the disc is unremarkable.

    At C7/T1,there is very mild disc bulging and minor osteophyte,

    There has been some interval loss of height with depression of the superior endplates of T1 and T2.There is also mild depression of the superior endplate of T3.These findings appear non-acute.

    No cervical disc herniation or spinal stenosis is demonstrated.

    There has been some interval loss of height with depression of the central canal of the spinal cord which measures up to 2 to 3 mm in diameter over a length of approx. 3 cm at the C5 and C6 levels. The appeaance is consistant with a prominent central canal or possibly a tiny syrinx . This appears stable taking into account differeence in technique.
    The Cervical spinal cord is otherwise within normal limits in signal intensity . No evidence of cervical cord demyelination is seen. The cerebellar tonsils are normally located.

    Impression….Mild degenerative chnge as described. Mild Scollosis of the cervicothoracic junction convex to the left. Focal prominence of the central canal verses tiny syrinx at the C5 and C6 levels. This apperas stable back 2005 taking into account difference in technique.
    Interval development of some loss of height involving upper thoracic vertebrae , mainly involving the superior endplates. This may be related to insufficiency fractures . I s there a history of significant trama or osteoporosis ? correlation with bone moneral densitometry may be helpful.

    RECENT BRAIN MRI DONE IN JUNE 2012

    BRAIN MRI JUNE 2012…..Findings;

    There is NO Interacranial mass lession,edma or midline shift. NO abnormal T2 or FLAIR signal is present within the white matter.There is NO restricted diffusion or abnormal susceptibility.

    The Craniocervical junction, posterior fossa and internal auditory canals are NORMAL. Normal intracranial flow voids are evident.

    The visualized oortions of the orbits,paranasal sinuses,and mastoid air cells are NORMAL.

    CONCLUSION:

    NO acute intracranial abnormality with NO abnormal white matter signal.

    I was wondering if at all possible a small fall could of caused these disk bulging or any of these disk problems, I had a stummble in November last year , I landed on my knees and caught my fall by my hands , I had no injury other then the palm of my hand was swollen and brusied for a week , and just felt tender for a little while, but no other injury, I had a MRI done in 2005 and I had no disk bulges, the syrinx was d/x in 2005, I had 2 MRI 6mths apart and there was a small change , it said it was smaller. Never ever had symptoms . But I was given a medication that gave me a toxic reaction and I started to have burning all over my body, and recently alot of bone pain that comes and goes , and muscle pain that comes and goes , just want to rule everything out. I was looking at my axial image of my MRI that area in the center where it looks like a white ring around it seems to be intact with no breakage do that mean theres no disk inside the spinal cord. , I also was wondering if there is a way that you could look at my MRI images and give me your expert opinion. Thank you very much

    Sincerly
    Laura

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Your MRI notes mild to mild/moderate degenerative disc disease according to the radiologist. The depressions of the endplates in the upper thoracic spine could be from compression fractures associated with osteoporosis if your fall was not too forceful.

    You have a very small syrinx in the spinal cord. There is a very small central canal in the middle of the spinal cord that can occasionally dilate in some patients. This is the definition of a syrinx. Yours sounds benign. The radiologist comments on the location of the cerebellar tonsils as if these crowd the foramen magnum (Arnold Chiari Syndrome), this can cause this syrinx. He reports the location of these tonsils as normal so you do not have this syndrome.

    You had a previous MRI and the syrinx has not changed in size so most likely it is stable and probably been there for some years.

    The main pathological finding is the multilevel degenerative disc disease. This can cause neck pain radiating into the shoulders and pain radiating down between the shoulder blades. The fall most likely did not cause any of this degenerative change but if the symptoms increased after the fall, you might have aggravated this preexisting degenerative change.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
    helpme123
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    Thank you Dr Corneman I appreciate you reviewing my MRI, I was wondering if I never ever in my life had any symptoms from any of these disk changes and you mentioned that they probably werent caused from a small fall ,I stummbled more then anything nothing else injured on the left palm of my hand , is it possible that the symptoms I am dealing with could not be related to the disks and caused by something else I am dealing with, the symptoms I am dealing with are alot of stiffness , bone pain , muscle tightness as it on my neck, even my face muscles and jaw muscles are tight, my leg muscles are also tight, I dont have any shooting pains , more stiffness and tension muscles and bone pain , even my hands are effected by my fingers feeling broken,weak bones feeling, cant feel texture anywhere on my body , I was given a perscribtion was on it very short term and only after coming off this medication abrubly I started to have all tehse symptoms , I never experienced any of these symptoms ever in my life prior to coming off that medication, so I am trying to be sure 100% that theres nothing else causing these symptoms other then coming off a medication, and wanted to rule any other possibilites .

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I cannot tell you what is specifically causing these symptoms, only what symptoms your MRI could cause. You need a consult with a spine surgeon to give you an idea what is causing your distress.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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