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Translation Of C-study Please?


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Howdy all. I have a chroinic muscle pain at join of neck & right shoulder. The ligaments of my neck constantly grind, catch and crunch causing aggravation, muscle tightness & pain. VA has me taking Baclofen for it (though admittedly I was already on it for my back, this has taken precedent over it). I have had this problem in the past but have gotten relief from Chiropractic.

Anywayyyy, they did a C-spine study. It doesn't sound like anything horrible (nothing from VA ever does B) ) but I don't speeka da lingo. Can somebody translate please??? <_<

"Report:

Compared to the exam on 2/27/06 there is straightening of the cervical lordosis. The cervical vertebrae are normally aligned. There is degenerative disc space narrowing and osteophyte formation of the cervical spine from C2 to T1. There is foraminal encroachment & stenosis on the right from C3 to C6 & on the left from C4 to T1. The pre-dens space is normal, the odontoid is intact, & the lateral masses of C1 are not displaced. The prevertabral soft tissue planes are normal. There is a calcification in the posterior cervical soft tissues.

Impression:

Straightening of the cervical lordosis, sometimes associated with muscle spasm. Degenerative disc space narrowing and spondylosis from C2 to T1, as described above. The findings are similar to the exam on 2/27/06."

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You have spinal osteoarthristis and your neck is getting to the point where it will be very hard, if not impossible, to bend.

The straightening is more worrisome than anything, because that impedes up and down plus side to side movement.

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Thanks. I appreciate that. Your description somehow sounds a lot more grim than theirs. VA's descriptions tend to always sound like there's really nothing wrong. B)

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The cervical Lordisos is the spines natural curvature.

If it is straightened then it can cause problems.

You have Degenerative Arthrtis fron c2 to t1. That is the following:

C2,3,4,5,6,7,t1.

"There is foraminal encroachment & stenosis on the right from C3 to C6 & on the left from C4 to T1."

This means the Neural Foramen is being invaded and the stenosis means it is narrowed.

This is your biggest concern. keep aware of any weakness, tingling, shock like sensations, neck pain, muscle spasms. I would also be concerned about the levels c2 and c3 and c4. These nerves control the Heart, Diaphragm. Do not monkey around with these areas. If they need repaired, get it done.

This study has not changed much according to the radiologist who reviewed it.

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The cervical Lordisos is the spines natural curvature.

If it is straightened then it can cause problems.

You have Degenerative Arthrtis fron c2 to t1. That is the following:

C2,3,4,5,6,7,t1.

"There is foraminal encroachment & stenosis on the right from C3 to C6 & on the left from C4 to T1."

This means the Neural Foramen is being invaded and the stenosis means it is narrowed.

This is your biggest concern. keep aware of any weakness, tingling, shock like sensations, neck pain, muscle spasms. I would also be concerned about the levels c2 and c3 and c4. These nerves control the Heart, Diaphragm. Do not monkey around with these areas. If they need repaired, get it done.

This study has not changed much according to the radiologist who reviewed it.

J

Ohhh boy. That ain't good.

"keep aware of any weakness, tingling, shock like sensations, neck pain, muscle spasms." I have all these. At the shoulder neck join the muscles get very stiff and painful. I guess that's "spasm"? Right now it's being 'managed' (just barely) with Baclofen. If I move my head suddenly or or take an awkward step jarring my body, it's the pins & needles rountine radiating outward from that point. Of course rom is drastically reduced.

Unfortunately, right now I can't think of a specific way to service connect the bloody thing. Back at Ft. Knox some yoyo tried to rob me by whacking me on top of the head with a length of entrenching tool handle. Amatuer. :lol: He didn't get my money. But I did nearly pass out 2 hours later.

I had to go to clinic next day but to date I haven't found any record. Fortunately I literally have a 'hard head.'

I fell off a deuce and a half later and do have a record of that but, there was no indication of head or neck injury at the time.

Ran head first into a tree in ground training exercise* but no record of that either. No reason to get it checked at the time.

* Thereby lies a tale. ;)

Smacked my chin on a howitzer TC hatch coaming* jamming my head beack but no record of that, (hmm, unless maybe where they sewed my chin up.)

* (another tale :P )

So a lot of little things but nothing concrete. I probably did the damage later in any case. It's just here now and too bad. For whatever good it may do, I think I'll drag your comments to my doc when I see him next month.

Thanks for your reply! :)

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Have the chiropractors helped because I have the same thing and it hurts just to type or hold a book. Have you tried a nerve block. I think most of the other invasive treatments probably risk more damage than you have now unless it gets very much worse with the stenosis. These are the kinds of injuries that makes life miserable but won't kill you. I can't see you sitting at a computer 8 hours a day. Do you get pain at the base of your neck, amd spasms in your traps and upper back?

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