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My spinal C4 c5. Injury when i was lifting 50kg . Now my one left side body 70% only working. How do cure?

My spinal C4 c5. Injury when i was lifting 50kg  . Now my one left side body 70% only working. How do cure?

Doctor: This is definitely a situation where you need to see a physician now! if you injured your spine and now have neurological deficits with loss of strength the concern is that you have a injury that is causing pressure on a nerve root or your spinal cord. The longer the deficit is present the more likely it will be permanent. Recommend neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine specialist now. ...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


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Need help interpeting my husbands MRI results disc protrusion with stenosis c4-c5above fusion increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord c5-c5 and minimal extra medullary intradural/dural enhanc?

Need help interpeting my husbands MRI results disc protrusion with stenosis c4-c5above fusion increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord c5-c5 and minimal extra medullary intradural/dural enhanc?

Need intervention: You detail an issue with the cervical spinal canal and spinal cord, and one might wonder as to whether there is ongoing spinal cord compression, but the outer enhancement may represent an area of arachnoiditis or scarring. Based on description cannot easily exclude area of infection or even epidural arteriovenous malformation, but location is atypical. Seek experienced neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Will it help to get massage of neck 6w after spinal surgery on c5/6& c6/7 if shoulders sore & inflamed.. General recovery great otherwise..

Will it help to get massage of neck 6w after spinal surgery on c5/6& c6/7 if shoulders sore & inflamed.. General recovery great otherwise..

Check with your doc: Check with your doctor. There are many variables and typically massage would not be a problem, but because there are so many variables you should check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Need MRI interperation. Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need MRI interperation.  Increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord at c5/c6 and minimal extra medullara intradural/dural enhancement left ventralspinal canal c3/c4

Need iimages: Very difficult to interpret the meaning of that report without seeing the images, and without knowing why the study was obtained. Depending on severity, could be artifact (not significant). Transverse myelitis (inflammation of the cord) can also have such findings, but that would correlate with serious neurologic symptoms. Other conditions of the spinal cord also could cause such MRI findings. ...Read more

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Need advice on MRI results. Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Need advice on MRI results.  Abnormal heterogeneious t2 signal with some swelling within the spinal cord at c5-c6 level, husband had fusion 1.5 years ago on on c4-c6 is this getting worse?

Communicate: This is a situation in which the MRI findings must be correlated with both the clinical presentation and the prior appearance of the images. This should be discussed at length with the physician who ordered the test, and information on the internet without actually seeing the images and your husband are unlikely to be helpful. Hope he does well. ...Read more

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Does severe spinal stenosis in C5 with disk bulge and radiculopathy in arms go away by itself, or does it require an operation?

Does severe spinal stenosis in C5 with disk bulge and radiculopathy in arms go away by itself, or does it require an operation?

The symptoms can: The imaging findings will remain but the symptoms can improve or esolve with time and/or treatment. Not everyone needs surgery. The clinical presentation is more important usually than the imaging findings and your response to non op care. ...Read more

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How serious is a disc herniation at c4-c5 with spinal contact?

How serious is a disc herniation at c4-c5 with spinal contact?

It could be serious: The two most common levels in the cervical spine to herniate are the c5 - c6 level (cervical 5 and cervical 6) and the c6 -c7 level. The next most common is the c4 - c5 level, and rarely the c7 - t1 level may herniate. C4 - c5 (c5 nerve root) - can cause weakness in the deltoid muscle in the upper arm. Does not usually cause numbness or tingling. Can cause shoulder pain. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe rib cage pain. I have mutiple level disc disease greatest at c5,6, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and other conditions. I a?

I am experiencing severe rib cage pain. I have mutiple level disc disease greatest at c5,6, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and other conditions.  I a?

Rib cage pain: You probably have osteoporosis as well. It would be beneficial to get an xray series of the ribs and visit a doctor to evaluate for muscle strain. We need to rule out an osteoporotic fracture as well! ...Read more

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Hx of C5-6 spinal stenosis. I'm getting pedicure and having right leg rubbed, developed tingling pain in left arm and left chest. What could this be?

There are a number: of potential diagnoses that could explain the symptoms you experienced but the most likely is nerve compression in your cervical spine. You may have been sitting in the pedicure chair in a different or awkward position that potentiated this. If the symptoms persist you should get reevaluated for cervical spine disease. ...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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Herniated C5 and C6 with spinal cord compression that is severe, what to do?

Spinal cord compress: If the compression is "severe" and you are symptomatic then you need to seriously consider getting the disc that has herniated removed surgically. A consultation with a neurosurgeon would be very helpful here. ...Read more

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause perment damage?

Yes: Many times we do not know there is spinal cord compression until the patient presents with some complaint of pain or weakness. Mris can show us changes within the cord which can help to confirm the level of injury. If there is weakness and compression then surgical decompression is warranted. This may result in some improvement in pain and weakness, but there may not be full recovery. ...Read more

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Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Can 12 months of spinal cord compression in the c5/6 and c6/7 cause permanent damage?

Depends on Cause: Spinal cord compression occurs when something is pressing down on the nerves so that they do not function properly. Depending on the cause and location of the compression a person could experience, numbness, pain and loss of motor function if severe. A sudden loss of motor function is significant and should not be ignored. Constant compression can cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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Mri report is right paracentral herniation of c5-c6 IV disc indenting spinal cord?

Mri report is right paracentral herniation of c5-c6 IV disc indenting spinal cord?

Any symptoms?: Some disc herniations may be asymptomatic. Would recommend a complete evaluation by a neurosurgeon. It is important to evaluate the amount of pressure on the spinal cord. ...Read more

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AS causing narrowing of spinal canal, bone spurs pinching nerve c5/6 got injections on each side NO relief! What will work to relive pain? I'm hurting

Conservative methods: Conservative approaches to cervical osteophytes include cortisone shots (temporary, may need to be repeated), pain and muscle relaxing meds, physical therapy/massage, & rest. If this approach fails, surgery may be needed (laminectomy to remove osteophytes). See a pain specialist or neurosurgeon for discussion. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1144952-overview ...Read more

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Does Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Does  Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Depends: Everyone is different. Many people have radiologic findings of severe spinal stenosis without symptoms and vice versa-so there's not so much of a correlation between back pain and radiologic findings. ...Read more

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What does Degenerative change,greatest at C5/C6 with moderate spinal canal and bilateral moderate to severe neural foraminal compromise mean?

What does Degenerative change,greatest at C5/C6 with moderate spinal canal and bilateral moderate to severe neural foraminal compromise mean?

Foraminal compromise: Implies the 6th cervical nerve root may be compressed ( leading to potential muscle weakness in the upper arm and or radicular pain down to the thumb or index finger ) Further information is needed ( exam findings ) to sort out the significance of both this and the central canal stenosis ( I would discuss this with your neurologist or neurosurgeon ) ...Read more

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I have 2 artificial discs at c5-6, c6-7.Recent MRI shows spinal stenosis, can a posterior approach fusion be done c3-4-c6-7? If so, how is it done?

I have 2 artificial discs at c5-6, c6-7.Recent MRI shows spinal stenosis, can a posterior approach fusion be done c3-4-c6-7? If so, how is it done?

Many options: There are multiple options for this, revision anterior surgery, including all or some of the levels, a combined anterior/posterior approach, just a posterior approach. It really requires a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the situation, rather than one generic solution for everyone. ...Read more

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Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Most resolve with : Time but medication like oral steroids or nsaid's if no contraindications along with meds like Neurontin (gabapentin) may help along with wearing a soft cervical collar reversed when sleeping or reading. Cervical epidural injections are a consideration and if no better after 12 weeks of symptoms, surgery can be considered if symptoms warrant this intervention. ...Read more

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