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Doctor insights on: Abnormalities Of Neck Vertebrae

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Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Describe anatomy of the spine and spinal cord?

Hmmm: Can't be described in 400 characters. Probably can't be appropriately described in a 400 page text book. There are 7 cervical vertebrae, 12 rib bearing thoracic vertebrae, 5 non-rib bearing lumbar vertebrae (there are normal variants to these by the way) .There are 5 fused sacral vertebrae, and usually 3 vestigial coccygeal bones. The spinal cord extends from the brain down to about l1/l2, and.... ...Read more

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Can cervical disc disease,cervical stenosis and kyphosis of neck cause widespread muscle twitches,prickling sensations all over,numbness?

Can cervical disc disease,cervical stenosis and kyphosis of neck cause widespread muscle twitches,prickling sensations all over,numbness?

Usually not: neck disease will cause symptoms below tthe area of stenosis if face is involved then these symptoms are not due to this condition ...Read more

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What is paraspinal and soft tissue abnormality on MRI of the cervical spine?

What is paraspinal and soft tissue abnormality on MRI of the cervical spine?

Need more info: Para spinal meals something on or near the spine. It's hard to give you more information without knowing why you had the MRI in the first place and without my reviewing the MRI. Please make an appointment with the physician who ordered the MRI and I am sure he/she will be able to give you a more complete answer. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck? MRI's and CT's of head were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck?  MRI's and CT's of head were normal.  

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More info: The MRI and CT you speak of were of the head. Did you have a neck imaging test?
Any pinched nerves come from the neck.
Scalp tingling is another separate issue. Need labs and more information.
Neck cracking and popping is benign and self limiting. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

MRI of lumbar spine showed regions of focal fatty replacement and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine and chronic wedge deformities. Should I worry?

Not too much: The area of fatty replacements and/or hemangiomas within the lumbar spine are not significant, and pose no future problem for you. However, the chronic wedge deformities may be due to prior trauma with injury to the vertebral bodies, or possible osteopenic compression fractures. Discuss with you doctor about possibly osteoporosis or other bone abnormality, and how to limit further injury. ...Read more

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In WHIPLASH INJURY the nerves originating from spine inside vertebral column, CAN NERVES SNAP OUT? Due to rapid movement of neck.

In WHIPLASH INJURY the nerves originating from spine inside vertebral column, CAN NERVES SNAP OUT?  Due to rapid movement of neck.

No: Short of a traumatic displaced fracture or dislocation of the spine, the nerves do not "snap out" of their normal position. They are protected by strong ligaments and the bone architecture of the vertebral column that would have to be disrupted for them to move into an abnormal position. ...Read more

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Is this serious? Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Is this serious?
Hypertrophic degenerative findings of endplates and lower lumbar facet joints bilaterally

Osteoarthritis: These findings indicate the presence of osteoarthritis of the spine caused by wear and tear and this is a common disorder of the spine. This is not a life threatening condition although chronic back discomfort may be seen from the osteoarthritis. Morning back stiffness is a common complaint with degenerative arthritis of the spine. ...Read more

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cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

 cervical spondylosis have any connection to the node neck tension and narrowing neck bites in the trachea and breathlessness?

??????: Sorry, your question is not in understandable English. Please have someone with a better command of English help you. ...Read more

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Can lower back issues like compressed ,bulging disks, or Spondylosis of the lumbar spine cause numbness in the soles of your feet?

Can lower back issues like compressed ,bulging disks, or Spondylosis of the lumbar spine cause numbness in the soles of your feet?

Yes, but: Stop guessing and see your doctor, as you could be correct if you are compressing bilateral S-1 roots, but instead, you could have peripheral neuropathy or even tarsal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? 

MRI's and CT's of brain were normal.  Thanks.

Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more

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Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

Can a rearend car accident cause cervical spinal stenosis and hyperextention of the neck?

yes : If the force of your motor vehicle accident was sufficient to displace an intervertebral disc in your cervical spine, this may cause stenosis. ...Read more

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Can cervical spondyolis radiate to front of neck?

Can cervical spondyolis radiate to front of neck?

Spondylosis: Yes it can; neck pain and radiating symptoms to the chest or clavicle (collar)bone can happen, depending on the level in the neck that has degeneration.... Go see a doctor if you are worried about pain at night/sweats, or other general symptoms, and imaging studies, perhaps including an MRI can be helpful to find the cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Had neck MRI final result said DEGENERATION OF CERVICAL INTERVERTEBRAL DISC
OTHER MUSCULOSKELETAL SYMPTOMS REFERABLE TO LIMBS what does this mean?

Degeneration: basically mean arthritic changes at the disc space. As for the other part of the statement about musculoskeletal symptoms, I'm not sure what it means in the context of an MRI report. It is referencing symptoms, not MRI findings. ...Read more

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MRI of my Cervical Spine There is disc degenerative changes with associated impingement of the thecal sac , exit neuroforaminal encroachment.

MRI result?: So- what does this mean? It is common for MRI of the c-spine to show degenerative changes. Impingement of the thecal sac is not normally concerning. It is unclear what is meant by "exit neuroforaminal encroachment". Was there encroachment or not? If it is there, this normally means nerve root encroachment, which can cause symptoms that affect the arms. ...Read more

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Does loss of cervical lordosis affect the functionality of neck muscles (like swallowing)?

Does loss of cervical lordosis affect the functionality of neck muscles (like swallowing)?

Usually no: This usually relates to muscle spasms. It is not something patients have told me but not out of the question. If swallowing is a real issue then a visit to the doctor is in order ...Read more