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What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

Depends on symptoms: You are describing a radiographic finding. Many times, people have disc bulges and no symptoms, in which case nothing needs to be done. If you are having neck pain or arm pain or numbness/weakness of the arms, then treatment with therapy to reduce the disc bulge and relieve pressure on the nerve roots or medication for the symptoms may be indicated. ...Read more

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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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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What is cervical spondylosis? What does it mean if C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

What is cervical spondylosis? What does it mean if C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

Just means there are: Degenerative changes noted. Just as you would expect to have wear at the bottom of your shoes, and on your car tires, just as you expect to develop progressive skin wrinkles with age, spondylosis is just degenerative changes of the spine, and at age 40, having diffuse disc bulge can be age appropriate. The hydration in the disc decreases with age, leading to disc bulging circumferentially. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cervical spondylosis and C5 - C6 and C6 -c7 disc shows diffuse circumferential bulge?

This means that you: Have arthritis setting in at a couple levels in your neck (spondylosis) at specific joints in your spine with possible inflammation from this irritation as well. The diffuse circumferential bulges suggest degenerative disc disease and flattening of your discs, from either past trauma or disc issues that are causing them to bulge beyond the vertebral bodies. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? I'm hurting bad. Help!

Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? I'm hurting bad. Help!

It could: You need to see your physician. You may benefit from Cervical traction or epidural injections but you need evaluation to correlate with the imaging and then best course forward. Depending on the intensity of the nerve compression I if there is nerve compression will direct your therapy. Your symptoms may not be related to the discs but that is where the evaluaiton will decide. ...Read more

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Would C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge and C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? It's constant. Thanks.

Would C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge and C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? It's constant. Thanks.

Arm pain: C5 regularly irradiates in the 5th finger (little finger). Check with a neurologist and with a pain doctor. If cervical epidural injection with local anesthetics and corticoids do not solve the problem, then the intervention of a neurosurgeon is warranted. ...Read more

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C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge is present C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge is present. Would this cause pain in the arms and wrist? Thanks-

C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge is present C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge is present. Would this cause pain in the arms and wrist? Thanks-

Radiculopathy?: Looking at what you presented in isolation, it could be that he disc bulges are compressing the nerves as they exist the spine en route to the arms and hands. This is called "cervical radiculopathy". There could be other possibilities, though. ...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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What to do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

What to do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

Stretch and Exercise: At your age, I would suggest stretching out and working in strengthening your cores muscles. Take some anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. If you do not improve after a few days, I would consider evaluation by your doctor for further testing and treatment options like epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

What should I do if I have c5-c6-c7 disc prolapse and neck is so stiff, also a disc bulge in l4-l5 l5-s1 levels, I am from india?

Bulging discs: Bulging, or herniated discs, typically resorb over time. Treatment varies based on the severity of pain and whether you have any neurologic deficit. Treatment can consist of physical therapy and medications or possibly epidural steroid injections or discectomy for very severe pain. ...Read more

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Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? Tingling scalp? Help & thanks.

Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? Tingling scalp? Help & thanks.

Possibly arm pain: A disc bulge at these levels can cause nerve irritation. C6 nerve pain can run down the arm on the thumb side and to the thumb. C7 nerve pain often involves the middle of the top of the forearm, wrist and the 2nd/3rd fingers. The scalp tingling is less likely to be from these disc issues. This could be occipital neuralgia. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...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?

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 right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

I have right shoulder blade pain with these via neck MRI. C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. C6-C7 broad-based disc bulge causing no stenosis. Related? Thanks-

Your pain: Is in the "pattern" or distribution of the C6-C7 nerves exiting at that level HOWEVER disc "BULGES" are NORMAL findings!!!!! Look to another reason for your should blade pain. Eg: SUBSCAPULARIS strain/sprain (the muscle UNDER the shoulder blade which helps your shoulder move.
Hope this is helpful!
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Can C5-C6, mild left-paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm & wrist pain? Tingling scalp & forehead? Help!

Can C5-C6, mild left-paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm & wrist pain? Tingling scalp & forehead? Help!

Yes to arm issues: You do describe abnormalities in the neck that could cause pain and numbness of the arm/hand. However, if you are having specific joint pain that that is most likely not caused by the neck problems. Your scalp and forehead symptoms are most not likely caused by the neck problems and you need to discuss this with a medical provider. You may require a CT or MRI of the head to be complete. Good luck ...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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23 year old female -bilateral hand numbness mri:cervical strain/torticoilis posterior disk bulges. C5-c6 (2 mm) and c6-c7 (1-2 mm) levels docs say di?

23 year old female -bilateral hand numbness mri:cervical strain/torticoilis posterior disk bulges. C5-c6 (2 mm) and c6-c7 (1-2 mm) levels docs say di?

Numbness: Numbness in the hands may be caused from compression at several areas including the neck and carpal tunnel. A detailed exam with nerve study will help decide where the problem is located. Patients with compression of the nerve at both the carpal tunnel and the neck may benefit from carpal tunnel surgery first as it is most likely the primary cause as a recent article this month demonstrates. ...Read more

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If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

SEE A PAIN DOC: A disc is bulging because it loses elasticity - like a waistband in your underwear. When it loses elasticity it no longer stays nice and tight and snug like it used to be. If it bulges enough it can get close to the nerve and irritate it. The inflammation and irritation can cause pain in the neck or shoulder blade as well as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm. ...Read more

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Bilateral disc osteophyte complexes are present in the neural foramina. Most significant at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels. What does this mean? Thanks

Bone spurs: bone spurs crowding neck nerve degenerative changes may cause a certain pattern of arm pain or may be asymptomatic needs to be correlated to symptoms may mean nothing if asymptomatic ...Read more

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Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

Disc bulge at c5 c6 did every thing still in pain why?

See below: Bulging discs are seen in normal individuals. As we age we lose the fluid in our discs which makes them more susceptible wearing out. As pressure is applied to these discs they start to bulge a little. While you may have pain from the disc there are other potential causes including pain from the neck muscles, joints, or ligaments. ...Read more

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How common is the "domino effect" after a c5-c6 c6-c7 fusion to address radiating pain/weakness due to disc/spur compression?

Disc loading: I do not use terms, "domino effect." The fact is having two levels fused in your neck definitely means adjacent levels are being overworked and have a significant chance of being injured resulting in bulges/herniations. If you gave récent l'y hard fusion as above, try to minimize neck flexion. If you have recurrent neck/arm pain since above fusion--problems. I might be able to help you. ...Read more

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Does c5-c6, c6-c7 disc herniation n nerve compression cause headaches/ dizziness?

Does c5-c6, c6-c7 disc herniation n nerve compression cause headaches/ dizziness?

Probably not: Although cervical spine problems can be associated with headaches and dizziness, usually these problems originate from the upper cervical segments (c2-5). If you are having arm and/or upper back pain, it is probably the result of these disc herniations. You should know that many patients without symptoms will have c5-7 disc herniations on their MRI which may be a serendipitous finding. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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