carynmwestParticipantApril 22, 2019 at 5:23 pmPost count: 1
I have been to the doctor a dozen times in the past 4 months for severe pain in my neck, non-stop headaches, numbness and stiffness. They did dozens of injections in my neck and scalp as well as shots of Torodol for VERY temporary and minimal relief. I finally got an MRI on Friday and do not understand the results. I’ve had 3 major traumas to my neck over the years: a car accident where I broke my larynx, a snow moiling accident where a racing bar hit me in the throat so hard it knocked me out and a similar accident on a jet ski. For the past 3+ months I wake up feeling like I’ve been clubbed in the back of my neck.There is not one hour of the day that I’m not in pain.
Here are my MRI results. I would appreciate very much understanding and advice as I’m a single mom and losing my mind from the constant pain.
C5-C6: Uncinate and facet hypertrophy result in moderate right and mild left foraminal stenosis. Tiny broad-based disc noted without significant canal stenosis.
C6-C7: Tiny disc/osteophyte noted without significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
C7-T1: No spinal stenosis or foraminal impingement.
Low-lying tonsils,, extending 4-5 mm below the level of the foramen magnum. Mild Crowding at the foramen magnum noted without significant effect upon the brainstem. This potentially could be a source of headaches.
Straightening of the cervical spine.
Minimal to mild degenerative change as described above. There is mild to moderate right greater than left foraminal stenosis at C4-5, and moderate right foraminal stenosis at C5-6.
No significant canal stenosis.
Thank you so much,
CWestDonald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorApril 23, 2019 at 6:26 pmPost count: 6845
ou have a mild case of Chiari Malformation which can cause headaches.The lower degenerative disc changes (C5-7) are probably not related to your headaches. See this:
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE 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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