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I had a anterior cervical spine fusion of c6/c7 three years ago and I'm still having significant neck pain. Is this normal?

I had a anterior cervical spine fusion of c6/c7 three years ago and I'm still having significant neck pain. Is this normal?

Possibly: The surgery will decompress the spinal canal and foramen (area where nerve roots exit). So while it can help with neuropathic pain, a number of musculoskeletal pain generators exist. If it is a problem, seek care. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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I had a CT scan of cervical spine and discovered there is asymmetry of C6 transverse apophysis and prominent transverse apohysis in c7. Plse explain?

I had a CT scan of cervical spine and discovered there is asymmetry of C6 transverse apophysis and prominent transverse apohysis in c7. Plse explain?

Trying 2 B thoracic: The prominent C7 transverse process is a cervical rib. Usually very small, larger 1s with arm symptoms can cause tos &may require excision. Very poor image. It may b an incidental finding, but if u have ssx of thoracic outlet syndrome (tso)....May b 1 that needs excision. ...Read more

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I have a CT on my cervical spine without contrast everything is good but how do I get rid of a mild degenerative disc at C6 and C7 r what kind of meds?

I have a CT on my cervical spine without contrast everything is good but how do I get rid of a mild degenerative disc at C6 and C7 r what kind of meds?

Let me help you: I assume you want to know what conservative treatment could done.
1-anti-inffalammtory medications (advil, naprosysen and others).
2-cervical traction which could be used any were.
3-phyiscal therapy.
Those the common method for conservative treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause muscle spasms in hands and feet due due problems with cervical spine disks c6-c7?

What could cause muscle spasms in hands and feet due due problems with cervical spine disks c6-c7?

Spinal cord compress: To have symptoms in both the arms and the legs, this is more than just a pinched or compressed nerve root. It is a compression across the spinal cord at the c6-7 level termed a cervical myleopathy. This is either a large disc herniation or a disc herniation in the presence of spinal stenosis. You need to see a spine specialist for an urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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My X-ray of the cervical spine showed "bilateral prominent transverse processes of c7" what does that mean and should I be worried about it? Thank you

Arm symptoms?: Enlargement of the C7 transverse process can be associated with thoracic outlet syndrome and is a more subtle finding similar to the presence of a true cervical rib. Classic tos symptoms involve the lower trunk of the brachial plexus with numbness and pain extending into the 4th and 5th digits of the hand and hand weakness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can a small protrusion on level C6 in my right paracentral/foraminal of m.R.I. Of cervical spine be?

It means that there: Is a small disc herniation (protrusion) at the c5-6 disc level to the right side at the exiting point of the nerve from the spinal canal with that exit point called the foramen with the disc herniation beginning just off the midline (paracentral). 90% of symptomatic discs are treated non operatively. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have suffered nerve pain for 20 years after a rta. C6 cervical spine, pain numbness and needles pins?

Needing expert help. I have suffered nerve pain for 20 years after a rta. C6 cervical spine, pain numbness and needles pins?

Cervical radic.: Cervical radiculopathy can present like this. The numbness/tingling would go usually down the arm and into the thumb mostly for a C6 radiculopathy.

A cervical epidural steroid injection can help tremendously for this. Surgery may be needed, but and esi and pt and oral anti-inflammatories should usually be tried first.

Seek out an interventional pm;r or anesthesia pain physician in your area. ...Read more

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Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @ (c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Would a surgeon recommend Moderate-Severe Cervical Spine Stenosis @ (c5-7) and kyphosis (c6) that is not symptomatic or slightly symptomatic?

Need second opinion: Not sure what you mean? Is he recommending surgery for this with no symptoms? Maybe he sees something of danger that could happen like an aneurysm ready to blow, [not there just example] so if so get another neurosurgeons opinion before going forth. Never smoke, that kills you and ability to heal ...Read more

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I had MRI cervical spine w&w/o contrast. Impression says: c6-7 protrusion & spondylosis w/mild left neural foraminal compromise & c5-6. Pls explain?

Cervical Spine MRI: The findings identify degeneration of the discs in the cervical spine causing compression of two hole in your spine (c5-6, c6-7). If you are having left arm pain, this may be the cause. Otherwise the findings are a normal progression of spinal wear and tear of a 56 yo spine. Please review the findings with the physician who ordered the MRI or a surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's slight narrowing of c5-c6 intervertebral disc in cervical-spine xray result?

Mild arthritis: What u describe is mild arthritis, the key issue is if u have any radicular symptoms that is to say...Numbness in your hand or weakness then it needs to be checked. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6, had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Recent MRI of cervical spine shows spinal cord swelling at c5- C6, had acdf sugery in sept. Why is there still swellinh?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes. It still might be residual from what you had before surgery, there may be continued compression, or have been a surgical complication. Your surgeon would be the best to interpret the meaning of the study based upon your individual case. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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My mother's cervical spine x-ray's report impression: "Prominent transverse processes of c7 vertebra." My Mother details: Age: 50 years Weight: 53 Kg?

Context?: What's the context of the need for a cervical x-ray? Was there trauma? Have there been neurologic symptoms? Since presumably a doctor ordered the test, please discuss with that doctor for any interpretation based on the history and physical examination prompting the xray. ...Read more

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Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Cervical spine MRI shows Disc osteophyte complex & facet & ligamentous hypertrophy from C5-C7, effacing & narrowing the thecal sac to 8.4mm. Explain..

Arthritis.: Basically, these findings represent osteoarthritic changes of the cervical spine. These findings need to be interpreted with respect to your medical history. Arthritis elsewhere? Any history of trauma to the neck? Overweight? ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7, in pain, wearing neck brace. Was told hanging my head upside down is good for recovery. Any truth in that?

This would be like: Doing traction by letting gravity do the pulling off loading your neck. Traction may help if the position is tolerable for you for this degenerative issue in your neck. ...Read more

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Will a neurosurgeon refix the c6-c7 in my neck? I had cervical c4-c7 done 4 years ago, but I am still in pain. Bmpr2 used in place of Cadav. I got a second opinion from a teaching hospital which included a thorough exam, checking of all notes, and all pas

Will a neurosurgeon refix the c6-c7 in my neck? I had cervical c4-c7 done 4 years ago, but I am still in pain. Bmpr2 used in place of Cadav. I got a second opinion from a teaching hospital which included a thorough exam, checking of all notes, and all pas

Postsrior: You might have adjacent disc disease or residual foraminal stenosis. Reop is feasible. Minimally invasive laminoforaminotomy posteriorly, arthroplasty or fusion anteriorly- all are available. See a spine surgeon. ...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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Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

Is it possiable to have neck pain and back pain after a acdf 7 months after? I have cervical sponilosis as well? Levels c 5-c7

All things are: Possible and the fact that you have ongoing neck pain needs to be evaluated to see if your fusion healed and if there are no adjacent level issues in the neck. The same process that caused your neck pain cold also be at work in your lower back. See your spine surgeon to have these issues evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a posteolateral cervical hernia C5 C6. My back neck hurts but my arm is ok. Is it possible to get healed naturally or hernia never gets cured?

I have a posteolateral cervical hernia C5 C6. My back neck hurts but my arm is ok. Is it possible to get healed naturally or hernia never gets cured?

Ask your doc...: No one can say yes for sure to your question. To get a reasonable pertinent answer, asking your attending doc, preferably the one considering surgical intervention would be the best bet to acquire an answer since s/he knows more about you than anyone online. To help how to work with doc, peruse articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Best wish to health.... ...Read more

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Could neck and back pain or EVEN frequent headaches/migraines stem from minor bulge c6/c7 discovery, some years ago?

Could neck and back pain or EVEN frequent headaches/migraines stem from minor bulge c6/c7 discovery, some years ago?

Plausible, but: Perhaps less so for migraine which has a specific set of issues and is NOT just another word for bad headache. Are you merely curious or seeking to find help? If the latter, see your Dr and ask for a path toward eval for Tx. ...Read more

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Can chiropractic take away upper back shoulder and neck pain from 4 bulg cervical disc c3-c7 and cervical kyphosis also? Is this even causing my pain?

Can chiropractic take away upper back shoulder and neck pain from 4 bulg cervical disc c3-c7 and cervical kyphosis also? Is this even causing my pain?

Worth a shot: The first question is where are you getting all of this information? Have you had an mri? It would be very uncommon to have a cervical kyphosis. Chiro treatments can be very effective, but just be weary of the hard sell. I would not recommend more than 6 treatments if you are not seeing any benefits. Bulging discs do not necessarily cause pain. You are young and should get better! See pcp. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, rt arm-very painful. From shoulder to finger. Burning neck pain. X-ray says C6 and C7 bone on bone. Next is MRI then what?

Lower back pain, rt arm-very painful. From shoulder to finger. Burning neck pain. X-ray says C6 and C7 bone on bone. Next is MRI then what?

Depending on the MRI: Findings and their correlation tot he symptoms/signs, and if no response to non operative treatments, your surgeon might advise surgery. He'll discuss the procedure with you.
If nerves are pinched or the cord, then surgery would be the correct option for you.
Good luck. ...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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Impression: status post cervical fusion at c5-c6-c7. Prominent anterior osteophytes are noted at the nonfused upper cervical levels. What it m?

Bone spur: They are describing bone spurs on the front part of the cervical spine. Common finding. Usually seen at a level of degenerative changes from spondylosis. Check out Spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Can C6-C7 nerve impingement cause permanent damage I've had the pain for 10 years it's only recently been diagnosed. Cervical epidural recommended?

Get a diagnosis: Need to get a dx first. Does the pain radiate into the arm? numbness and tingling? MRI or X-ray to r/o infection or tumor and is none a cervical epidural can be offered (indication: neck pain with pain radiation into upper extremity. If no radicular pain, no epidural. Permanent damage usually follows constant neurological symptoms, numbers tingling weakness. ...Read more

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I have a 6mm syrinx noted on cervical MRI at c6-c7. I have no previous major spinal trauma. Should I be concerned? What should I do?

Syrinx: Any syrinx should be investigated specially larger than 3mm. You should have full MRI of brain, thoracic & lumbar spine to r/o any other etiology. You should definitely see a neurosurgeon. ...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

Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more