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  • plval99
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    Report: Loss cervical lordosis, degenerative osteophytes, foraminal narrowing and degenerative disc disease at C5-6.
    Small osteophyte anterior superior L3, no instability. No thoracic malalignment or acute bony abnormality.
    Question: Pain originated in the thoracic area after improperly lifting mattress, spasms subsided after 4 days but the pain stayed and over past 6 mos I have been experiencing additional pain in shoulders, right arm, lower back and hips to the point I can’t perform my daily responsibilities. X-ray report does not seem to reflect the severity of my pain and I do not understand why unless I have lost my mind somewhere along the way. Can my cervical issues cause the pain I am experiencing? I have X-rays available.

    JayleeNW
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    Did you have an X-Ray of your neck AND lower back? Why not the Thoracic region? Any other imaging? I have had so many scans… and each method CT, MRI, X-ray… can reveal different pathology. Xrays are just a start. I am not a Doctor, but I’ve read more than 10,000 articles on my own cervical condition…Google Scholar, Pubmed, NIH, etc. Sadly there is no imaging that is definitive for pain… meaning you can’t see pain on an image only degeneration and potential causes. Was reading just the other day about the possibility of fluid build up around the foraminal nerve roots causing pain while the foramin itself can be clear on images. So everything you list has the potential to cause problems… the Degenerative disc disease means little… the lordosis is just your spine losing it’s natural curve due to degeneration. Foraminial narrowing is what would be most concerning to me if I saw that on my reports. Your “problem” seems to go the entire length of you back. Does anything at all make you feel better? I’d make a list of things that make you feel worse and things that make you feel better by keeping a diary and ask your primary care Doc to refer you to Pain Management. Pain Management isn’t just about pills… it’s Physical Therapy, Nerve Testing, Injections (One thing that helped me was Trigger Point Injections… which could also help your spasms). There is just so much going on with what you posted.

    JayleeNW
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    Also this might help you feel a bit better. My C6/7 was completely collapsed (So flat the the Doctor couldn’t even pass a needle through it during a Discogram) and that level in my Cervical spine was causing ZERO pain… no symptoms at all. But if you saw the X-Ray of my C6/7 you would have thought that is was for sure causing the problems… it was so badly degenerated. So just because something looks scary bad on an X-Ray doesn’t mean its the pain generator.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    It seems like you are continuing an old thread on a new thread and have edited it. If so, this makes a real problem for me understanding your potential disorder. Is this a new thread with no prior comments from me or a new thread that continues some previous discussion from another thread? There are two different corresponding names on this thread.

    Dr. Corenman

    plval99
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    This is a new post, I have never posted on a thread before.

    plval99
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    This is my first post. I had a complete spine x-ray so cervical, thoracic and lumbar.

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