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Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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MY MRI: C2-C3-C4 -C5 mild bilateral facet arthropathy, .Disc bulge C5-C6, L2-L3 mild uncovertebral hypertrophy, spinal meningeal cyst S2-S3. lots pain?

MY MRI: C2-C3-C4 -C5 mild bilateral facet arthropathy, .Disc bulge C5-C6, L2-L3 mild uncovertebral hypertrophy, spinal meningeal cyst S2-S3. lots pain?

Not enough info: Your MRI finding in the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine sound like typical MRI findings in middle age individuals. Neck and back pain are very common in your age group and can be seen with and without these findings. What you described does not mean you should or should not have pain. Moreover, not knowing where your pain is, it makes it harder to help you. ...Read more

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C4, c5, C6 are bulging. I have shooting pains, burning, general weakness in left arm. Both thumbs hurt to grip. 2 rt toes are numb. Is it all related?

C4, c5, C6 are bulging. I have shooting pains, burning, general weakness in left arm. Both thumbs hurt to grip. 2 rt toes are numb. Is it all related?

Disc symptoms: The left arm symptoms may be related to the bulging discs, but the thumb symptoms are not. These may be caused by arthritis of the base of the thumbs. The numb toes may be related to nerve impingement in the foot. A neurologist would shed more light on your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

I have a disc buldge in my neck c4, c5, c6. I am in intence discomfort for the last 3 years. I tried out all treatments nothing worked out. Please help?

See below.: If you are having arm symptoms including pain, weakness, and numbness you may be a candidate for an injection. Physical therapy can also be beneficial especially for neck pain. As a last resort, surgery can be beneficial for some patients especially if nerves are being compressed. I would consult with a spine specialist to discuss your specific case. ...Read more

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Does c4-c5, c5-c6 disc herniation n nerve impinchment cause headache / dizziness?

Does c4-c5, c5-c6 disc herniation n nerve impinchment cause headache / dizziness?

Not directly: C5 nerve causes referred pain to the arm, C6 nerve causes referred pain to the thumb.

People with pinched nerves in the cervical spine will often also complain of neck pain and some headaches. ...Read more

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C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

C4-c5, c5-c6 disc replacement surgery. Interbody cage fusion cause adjacent discs to degenerate but using mobi-c will not. True?

Maybe: A theoretical advantage of artificial disk replacement is reduction in risk of other disks degenerating. Fusion is associated with this problem, but it is only one factor. Disk replacements in the neck do well, but may not always prevent disk problems at other levels. Ongoing research looking at long term outcomes are needed to answer this question. Early results are promising. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of doing a interbody cage fusion after discectomy for my c4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement? Any better methods?

What are the long term effects of doing a interbody cage fusion after discectomy for my c4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement? Any better methods?

Adjacent segment de: While motion preservation is at least theoretically superior to fusion you have discovered that it does not always work. When that happens the decision has to be the choice of doing nothing or doing a fusion. Only your surgeon along with you can provide the answer to this question. ...Read more

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C4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement using 2 mobic-c. Will mobile device get dislodged or crack? Will it cause paralysis/ nerve damage if this happens?

C4-c5, c5-c6 total disc replacement using 2 mobic-c. Will mobile device get dislodged or crack? Will it cause paralysis/ nerve damage if this happens?

Mobi-C: This is a relatively brand new device, and it is the first and only artificial disc on the market approved for two-level surgery. The data from the company shows good results. Realize, however, that the mechanism of stabilization for this device is very different from others that have been on the market a lot longer. ...Read more

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The pain in the shoulder and upper back might be a refer pain.
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine surgeon...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Cervical disk herniation c4-c5 c5-c6 c6-c7?

Pinched nerve: Causes neck pain and pain down your arm or into the shoulder area. Usually responds to meds, pt but if it doesn't then surgery is necessary ...Read more

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Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Bulging disc at C6 C7 - disc dessication @c5 C6 diagnosed by MRI still in constant pain and spasm, how long to heal?

Variable: Bulging discs are almost always normal at your age - they are a normal part of aging. Conservative treatment usually does well for treatment of neck pain (especially if you've had trauma, such as a car accident) - including physical therapy, progressive activity, and anti-inflammatory medications. Further treatment, if necessary, can include spinal injections. Talk to your physician. ...Read more

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Recent xray shows early degenerative disk disease c4-c5, c5-c6 and not the t5-t6? At 23 should I be concerned and should I be seeking neuro consult?

Recent xray shows early degenerative disk disease c4-c5, c5-c6 and not the t5-t6? At 23 should I be concerned and should I be seeking neuro consult?

NECK PAIN: What are your symptoms? If you are not having weakness or changes in reflexes you do not need a neurosurgical consult. Neck exercises would likely help. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain, you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

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Very painful muscle pain in my whole left side of my back caused by lordosis/kyplosis, l5-s1 bulging disc, and c5-c6 bulging disc. Is it fixable?

Yes it might be! See: A spinal surgeon to be properly evaluated, investigated and plan of care started.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Should I have a breast reduction due to c5/c6 bulging disc pain and back pain, even though my BMI is 35.5?

Depends on size: Of your breasts, but breast reduction surgery will have little direct effect on your disc bulge at that level. It might help indirectly, in that your bra strap might be impinging on nerves that exit the spinal canal at that level. Ask a neurologist for a definitive opinion on the likelihood the operation would help your neck/back pain. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc at c5/c6 with radiating pain left upper arm/forearm could this also cause referred pain to thoracic facet joint area? .

Dermatome: The c5, C6 and t1 share same motor and sensory dermatome that is responsible for upper extremities hence can have pain in upper extremities and uppermostchest and back. ...Read more

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Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Got a MRI of head and cspine due to imbalanced issues. Came back with bulging disk c5-c6 can this be causing the neck pain and imbalanced issues?

Yes and No: A bulging disk is an anatomical term. If the disk is compressing the spinal cord or nerve roots it can cause pain, neurologic symptoms including balance impairments. If the disk is bulging and not compressing any neural elements it can cause pain but usually no neuro symptoms. An expert neuro exam and carefull review of the images will need to be conducted by your dr. To determine the relevance. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disk at C5 C6 I also have numbness in my hand what fingers are involved for that location for a disk compression? Can it happen?

C5 and C6: Can affect the forearm (c5) and then the thumb, index and middle fingers (c6) might be involved. If the compression is really bad it can affect all the fingers as well. ...Read more

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Doc suggest 2 tier mobi-c to replace c4-c5, c5-c6. I think device too new, too risky. Any safer method with higher success rate n around for longer?

Too New: As the mobi-c prosthesis just got fda approval not even one month ago, I would caution to wait to see some long term data regarding its success. Obviously that may not help you at this time for your condition. Regardless, if you are considering this or other options for surgery, you should seek out the opinion of at least 1-2 more spine surgeons before making a decision. ...Read more

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Husband wore kevlar helmet for 22 years being infantry could this cause issues with C4 C5 c6? Along with his many back issues?

Unlikely: Back and neck pain degenerative issues are quite common. Kevlar, body armor, and weight bearing loads do not help, but are unlikely the direct cause of these problems. ...Read more

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Could a c4-c5, c5-c6, c6 -c7 laminectomy destabilize the spine? Flex X-rays were normal

Cervical amine tony: Typically cervical laminectomies do not create an unstable spine. Sometimes flex ion and extension xrays can be helpful in assessing instability. Based on your? . I would assume your are still having symptoms, if so you may need additional testing as well as opinions from other spine surgeons. Consider a virtual consult for better direct\tion ...Read more

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In Short, is is possible that slurred speech could be related to Severe Cervical Stenosis with Myelopathy @ C4-C5, C5-C6 and C6-C7 level (symptomatic)?

Less likely related: C 3 C4 C5 keeps the diaphragm alive so it could contribute to beathing difficulties. Slurred speech may have a different cause. Please follow up with your doctor or to the Emergency Room if this is a new complaint of slurred speech. ...Read more

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Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

No.: Bun/cr are affected by a variety of factors - volume status, medications, etc but effects are not generally long lasting or even cumulative. If surgery/ anesthesia affected your kidney, your numbers would generally bounce back right away. ...Read more

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Does any doctor know if any patients have complications 10-20 years after a 2 level implant of mobi c on c4-c5, c5-c6? Dangerous surgery?

Risk/benefit balance: The mobi-c device has not been available long enough at this point to have 10-20 year data to have directly applicable information to know. But all spinal surgery carries a risk over time that the repair may fail, or that the underlying back problem will progress, involving more areas, necessitating more surgery. Ultimately, the decision has to be about the risk to benefit balance of doing it now. ...Read more

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I have had two ACDF's. C3/C4 & C5/C6. I got up this morning & turned and heard cracking. Now pain down arm, elbow, & into ring finger & thumb.?

Get an x-ray: The first thing you worry about is movement of the implants. You need to see a spine surgeon and get x-ray done. However, it is unlikely the implants have moved or broken. It is likely that you simply have short-term recurrence of previous symptoms. This tends to go away. If not then you need further workup like CT scan. Get seen by your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more