Walking = Severe Neck Pain

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  • rebecca2z
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    Thank you for taking questions. I am 63 years old and I have Ehlers Danlos which has been managed fairly well throughout my life. Recently I am experiencing some very severe neck pain. After walking for about 10 min, my neck gets very stiff and I have to squeeze it while I walk, my hands go somewhat numb, one ear plugs up and then my throat gets tight. But the worst symptom is in my feet, they become like blocks of cement and are extremely painful. I can’t walk and this will continue unless I go lay down. I am having problems sitting up also, my head is too heavy to hold up and I find I have to lay down every about 30 min. This is getting so disabling, is there anything I can do to help myself ? Here are some incidental findings that were found while being scanned for other things. Thank you and Kindest Regards, Rebecca
    PROCEDURE: CT C-SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST. FINDINGS:
    Fracture: None.
    Alignment: No traumatic malalignment. Straightening of the cervical spine
    due to positioning and/or muscle spasm.
    Vertebral Bodies: Normal mineralization. No lytic or sclerotic lesions.
    Heights maintained.
    Paraspinal Soft Tissues: Normal.
    Disc Spaces: Multilevel degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine
    with disc height loss and osteophytosis at C2-C3, C3-C4, C4 C5-6, and
    C6-C7. Uncovertebral joint hypertrophy is also present at these locations.

    LOWER BACK: CT of abdomen & pelvis with contrast 9/29/17

    Mild Degenerative changes of the lumbar spine. This worse at L2-L3 and L4 -L5. There is mild leftward

    listhesis of L2 on L3 and minimal rightward listhesis of L4 on L5

    Dr. Corenman
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    Your symptoms might be caused by both cervical and lumbar spine disorders. The complaints of “the worst symptom is in my feet, they become like blocks of cement and are extremely painful. I can’t walk and this will continue unless I go lay down” sound more like neurogenic claudication from spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/lumbar-spinal-stenosis-central-stenosis/. An abdominal CT scan is not a very good imaging study for your lumbar spine. You probably need an MRI.

    Your neck symptoms “After walking for about 10 min, my neck gets very stiff and I have to squeeze it while I walk” and “I am having problems sitting up also, my head is too heavy to hold up and I find I have to lay down every about 30 min” are probably from “CNS” (crappy neck syndrome). You have multiple degenerative discs in your neck (“Multilevel degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine with disc height loss and osteophytosis at C2-C3, C3-C4, C4 C5-6, and C6-C7. Uncovertebral joint hypertrophy is also present at these locations”). The CT scan of the neck is not a great imaging study without an MRI.

    Dr. Corenman

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    rebecca2z
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    Thank you for your thoughtful post. I think I better get some MRI’s !
    Kindest Regards,
    Rebecca

    Dr. Corenman
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    Let us know how you progress.

    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.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

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