I have been having severe neck pain for the past 30 days with a history of neck problems and headaches.
I am presently with Kaiser Permanente. They don’t seem to take my neck problem very seriously. I had an MRI, MRA and x-rays. It shows C4 – C7 very compressed and C1 is sliding off of C2. I do have something protruding from the cervical spine.
Kaiser can be somewhat difficult to negotiate to find the right physician to help. They do take your problem seriously as they authorized an MRI and MRA which are not inexpensive tests.
I am not sure what “very compressed” C4-7 vertebrae mean. Are the discs compressed or the spinal cord or the nerve roots? C1 cannot slide off of C2 unless the transverse ligament is disrupted. It is unlikely that you have that condition.
See the section regarding “how to describe symptoms” to fully explain your symptoms.
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.