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Doctor insights on: Bulging Disc C6 C7 Symptoms

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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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Will bulging disc in c6&c7 cause horrible headaches 24 7. I have mgraines but this 1000 times worse?

Will bulging disc in c6&c7 cause horrible headaches 24 7. I have mgraines but this 1000 times worse?

Possible: Neck issues can cause headaches of different severity however, if these headaches are worse then migraines, I would make sure your physician is aware of the pain. Other medical conditions need to be ruled out and you need to inquire about receiving a CT or/and MRI of the head. I would not blame these headaches on the neck disc unless you already have had an adequate headache work up. Good luck ...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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Disc bulge, c6-c7, protrusion measures 11 x 3 mm. Thoughts?

Disc bulge, c6-c7, protrusion measures 11 x 3 mm. Thoughts?

Many options: Don't be confused by the size of the herniation. What are your symptoms? We don't treat MRI findings we treat people and their symptoms. If you are having pain and neurological problems that are interfering with your life and work then there are many options to help you. If you are relatively well and pain free, then we can design a home exercise protocol, medication regimen and precautions. ...Read more

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I've had a bulging disc at C6 and 7 for 7 months been to chiropractor and everything imaginable no relief what do I do?

Bulging Disc: If the bulging disc is pressing on the nerve causing radiating pain and weakness or pressing on the spinal cord causing weakness and imbalance then surgery to take the pressure off of the nerve is an option. If you have neck pain but the nerves or spinal cord are not under pressure then non-surgical treatments should be continued. Ask to be referred to a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Is that pinching my nerve in my neck?

I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Is that pinching my nerve in my neck?

Possibly: Consider PT, mild anti- inflammatory medication and passive range of motion exercises. Consult your orthopedic expert. ...Read more

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Is 2 mm of subluxation in the C7-T1 with a mild bulging disc a big amount of movement?

Is 2 mm of subluxation in the C7-T1 with a mild bulging disc a big amount of movement?

Hmmm: The biggest key here to answer two questions. One...what are your symptoms and two.....do you have dynamic instability. Dynamic instability is abnormal motion of the bones that could pinch the nerves. People with subluxation are prone to this problem. The best way to detect this is to do flexion/extension films of the neck. That may help in determining if the finding is significant or not. ...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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How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

The CT/MRI CAN TELL: A compression of a nerve root in the neck can be caused by different problems; generally the imaging studies can determine the specific reason. The CT is better at defining bony contours and can generally tell if a spur is compressing a nerve (or not). The MRI is better at defining soft tissue contours and would be able to determine if a disc (soft tissue) is compressing a nerve. ...Read more

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I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Do I have hyperflexion or hyperextension in my neck?

I have 2 mm of subluxation & bulging disc in C7-T1. Do I have hyperflexion or hyperextension in my neck?

Bulged cervical disc: Apparently you've had an MRI or ct to evaluate the C7-T1 disc. Need more info as to why you may have hyperflexion or hyper extension in your neck. Will need upright X-rays with flex - ext and a chance to review the prior studies. Please see the ordering physician to review the findings from your study, and obtain second opinion if you want. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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I have 2 mm subluxation in my C7-T1 with mild bulging disc. I've had a couple bad stingers. I also play football. What's the cause of this?

I have 2 mm subluxation in my C7-T1 with mild bulging disc. I've had a couple bad stingers. I also play football. What's the cause of this?

Arm stretch zingers: The brachial, plexus, carrying nerves down the arm can be irritated by a rapid stretch of the arm on the base of the shoulder, causing the zing you describe. Doubt the neck stats you list caused, this problem, BUT a warning that you are causing trauma there that will get worse. You will remember this note in 10-15 years after it becomes symptomatic. Keep your pain docs number handy. ...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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I had an MRI of my upper spine. Could anyone tell me what this means: c6-c7 minimal posterior disc bulge minimally indents the anterior therapy sac.

I had an MRI of my upper spine. Could anyone tell me what this means: c6-c7 minimal posterior disc bulge minimally indents the anterior therapy sac.

Disc pressing nerve: If a disc herniation is large enough, it may compress the thecal sac, which surrounds the spinal cord. ...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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Should I get surgery? I was in a car accident 2 months ago and had an MRI 1 week ago. These is the impression: 1. At the c6-c7 level, posterior broad-based annular disc bulge noted with moderate posterior central disc protrusion component. Moderate cent

Should I get surgery? I was in a car accident 2 months ago and had an MRI 1 week ago. These is the impression: 1. At the c6-c7 level, posterior broad-based annular disc bulge noted with moderate posterior central disc protrusion component. Moderate cent

There: There is no way I can give you an opinion on this matter solely based on the MRI results. There are many factors to consider here, namely the level/intensity of your pain, response to treatment, past medical history, etc. This is something that should be discussed with your doctor. All the factors should be taken into consideration and the doctor will give you his/her opinion, give you all the pros and cons, and answer any questions you have. The rest is up to you.
Good luck. ...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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Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Just diag congenital spinal stenosis. Bulging disc at c2-3, c3-4, c4-5, c65-6. Hern disc at c6-7, t10-11, l4-5. How serious is it short and long term?

Depends on symptoms: Congenital stenosis is narrowing of the space for the spinal cord in your neck that you were born with. If you have no nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, hand clumsiness, unsteady walking) just be careful; avoid situations that could lead to injuring your neck (and spinal cord): climbing ladders, running yellow lights, having obstacles around to trip over. If you do have these see a doc. ...Read more

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Mri c spine & brachial plexus showed minor disc bulge c6/c7, should I be worried and/or long-term? Also is this the base of the neck area? And what affects could this have.

Mri c spine & brachial plexus showed minor disc bulge c6/c7, should I be worried and/or long-term? Also is this the base of the neck area? And what affects could this have.

Depends: The effect of "minor disc bulge" would depend on if the bulge contributes to neural foramenal narrowing or central canal stenosis. The neural foramen are the passage ways for the nerves on their way to the arm. If foramenal stenosis becomes symptomatic then you would feel tingling in your arm. The disc bulge could retract or get bigger. C6/c7 is near the base of neck. ...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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Mri c-spine w/o contrast on 02-14-2013. Impression: mild left foraminal narrowing c2-c3. Disc ridge complexes c3-c4 through c6-c7 without central stenosis as described. Mild disc bulge c7-t1.

Mri c-spine w/o contrast on 02-14-2013. Impression: mild left foraminal narrowing c2-c3. Disc ridge complexes c3-c4 through c6-c7 without central stenosis as described. Mild disc bulge c7-t1.

Spondylosis: The report describes cervical spondylosis, degeneration of the neck portion of the spine. The abnormalities may or may not be causing symptoms. Your doctor should see if those findings correlate with your story (the history) and your examination. From the description I might think you have neck pain or stiffness without symptoms in your arms. ...Read more