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Having neck and back pain.. Cervical X-ray showed spasm. I have diziness light headedness imbalance. Some people say its anxiety. Left side feels weak?

Having neck and back pain.. Cervical X-ray showed spasm. I have diziness light headedness imbalance. Some people say its anxiety. Left side feels weak?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...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


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On an of my cervical x-rays it was noted that there is a cervical carotid calcification. History of fainting. Whats next step? Should i be concerned

On an of my cervical x-rays it was noted that there is a cervical carotid calcification. History of fainting. Whats next step? Should i be concerned

Carotid Doppler: Calcification of the carotid wall is a manifestation of atherosclerosis and may be associated with a significant degree of narrowing (stenosis) which can have implications for the blood supply to the brain. Carotid doppler is a good next step to evaluate the flow in the carotid and vertebral arteries and screen for stenosis. Results will determine next step. ...Read more

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Cervical spine X-ray 5 views and lumber spine X-ray 5 views (no lead shield). Should i be worried about the radiadtion and my future health?

No: Modern x-ray is relatively safe. The new machines produce a targeted beam which equals less scatter and less risk to the rest of your body. ...Read more

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Cervical spine X-ray results show prevertebral soft tissues are unremarkable. What does this mean?

Cervical spine X-ray results show prevertebral soft tissues are unremarkable.  What does this mean?

Nothing bad: If the prevertebral soft tissues were swollen, it could indicate that there was a fracture that the X ray did not pick up. The lack of swelling is a reassuring sign. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hard lump-like sensation (a bit deep below surface) within back of neck, off-center to the left. Feel it with slightly deep palpation. Physician did cervical spine x-ray = negative; and ultrasound = inconclusive (contrast, resolution etc). Concern?

Second opinion: It could be a lymph node, lipoma, cyst or a cancerous tumor (hopefully not). MRI can be done, if your PCP feels appropriate, for further evaluation if results so far have been inconclusive. You can also consult a general surgeon before deciding about having MRI done, since MRI involves exposure to significant amount of radiation. ...Read more

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I am suprised that the specialists at ER couldnt identify my collapsed/bulging/herniated cervical discs by x rays, wouldnt they show up on x ray?

No: X-rays would not show a herniated disc. Diagnostic studies commonly used are a MRI or myelogram /ct. The work-up of disc problems is not typically performed in the er. ...Read more

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Everytime I swallow my neck contracts one side and gets stiff last few months. ENT normal. Head is even and X-ray cervical normal. Can it be dystonia?

Possibly: I assume by "ENT normal" you have been evaluated by an ENT with a full head & neck exam and fiberoptic laryngoscopy? A barium esophagram may also be helpful given the association with swallowing. Assuming all normal, I would see a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. Botox injections can be helpful in cervical dystonia. Deep brain stimulation is also showing promise in severe cases. ...Read more

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I had an X-ray of my back and it shows some straightening of the cervical spine and osteoarthrits. I'm 28 yrs old. What are some options for me?

Several: It is unusual for a 28 year old to have cervical arthritis unless significant trauma has occurred. The straightening indicates muscle spasm suggest physical therapy for the neck, judicious use of anti-inflammatory and pain medications and careful attention to posture and trauma avoidance. If symptoms persist you should see a rheumatologist as this may indicate the presence of inflammatory disease. ...Read more

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