Osteoarthritis of cervical spine

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I've had mri's of my spine and shows osteoarthritis with bone spurs in cervical thoracic and lumbar. This was done in 2007 (i was 35), now i have this horrible tendonitis in both wrists and i'm on prednisone. Could this be related to the arthritis? i'm seeing an ortho but he doesn't know about the osteoarthritis (i was just rereading my reports and it jumped out at me). What should i expect with this diagnosis? I have terrible neck pain and headaches and numbness on left side of body.
I am 26 and have had joint degeneration in the facets of my cervical spine that has been visible on x-ray since I was 19. I just recently found out about this when I got another x-ray done, and the findings stated it was compared to an x-ray from 2002 which showed degeneration. Why didnt any one tell me? My doctors just said my x-rays were normal, but how can this be normal for someone that was 19 at the time?
Hello In 2007 my scans showed the following I have pain at the top of my head and back of my head that comes and goes. Is this a consequence of the OA in my cervical spine? Pics arent very good but here are the links Report summary 2007 Loss of normal cervical lordosis noted Deg changes discs throughout CS Osteophytes vertabral plates discs C3/4 and C5/6 Left neural foramen C3/4 and the right NF C4/5 are sig indented http://i239.photobucket.
The report described mild-moderate degeneration of the cervical spine with disc prolapsed at C4/C5, C5/C6 and C6/C7. At C5/C6 there are moderate-severe degenerative changes with narrowing of the spinal canal and the spaces that carry the spinal nerves on either side and at C4/C5 and C6/C7 there is mild narrowing if the spaces that carry the spinal nerves on either side. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
I had an MRI last May when I was 29. There were no lesions so I was sent way. Well I was in so much pain I went to ortho in Nov. age 30. He said I have what looks like it could be a possible birthdefect in my lower spine. His words. Then a customer of mine with MS said that it sounds like I have MS plaque on my cervical spine & the Neuro should have done an LP due to all my symptoms even though the MRI was normal because of my age. I just don't know how hard I should push. Any suggestions?
I am a 41-year-old female. I recently had an MRI of the cervical spine. I am trying to understand the results. The Impression is as follows: "Cervical spondylosis, with abnormality at multiple levels. This includes moderate spinal stenosis at C5-C6. Borderline spinal stenosis is identified at C6-C7. Neural foraminal changes are noted bilaterally at multiple levels as detailed above, most significant at C5-C6." What does this mean exactly?
Generally pain in the back portion of the head originates from the neck problems due to irritation in the cervical (neck) spine because the nerves that supply the back of the head start in the upper cervical spine. Mostly, this kind of head pain aggravates after turning head and typically occurs in patients with previous neck injuries and in patients with marked arthritis of the upper cervical spine.
Although I have had 2 surgeries on my cervical spine for ruptured discs and lax ligaments (am now fused from C3-C6), I am now told that I have significant osteoarthritis at C1-C2 (atlanto-axial joint) Accupuncture did relieve a lot of the associated muscle spasms but I still get bone pain sometimes even at the base of my skull. I've also wrenched the left side of my neck twice in the past 6 weeks at work.
Degenerative change in the cervical spine could be associated with symptoms around the arms, chest and upper back beside the head and heck region. However symptoms in these areas do not specifically indicate a spinal cause and other possible causes such as peripheral neuropathy etc may need to be considered as well.
The osteoarthritis may progress slowly over time. Strengthening the muscles that support the neck and cervical spine may lesson symptoms of pain and discomfort. ~•~ Dr. Parks This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Technique - Multiple pulse MRI sequences were performed in multiple planes through the cervical spine without administration of intravenous contrast. Findings - There is no evidence of acute fracture, subluxation, or dislocation. The vertebral body heights, intervertebral spaces and alignment of the spine are maintained. The prevertebral soft tissues are within normal limits. At C1-C2 - No abnormalities are seen. At C2-C3 - There is no evidence of disc herniation.
I had spinal fusion and harrington rods surgery in 1987 in the lumbar area for congenital scoliosis. I also have osteoarthritis, cervical arthritis and fibromyalgia and sometimes severe headaches. I have been reading the posts from the different people and I am sorry to say that I can relate to the unbearable pain.
- Straightening of cervical spine noted in sagittal images - Degenerative cervical spondylotic changes represented by marginal osteophytosis associated with ventral end plate degenerative changes - At CV5/6 disc level, there is evidence of posterior disc protrusion seen indenting the ventral aspects of thecal sac more inclined to left side compromised the nerve root at left side.
hello folks, Three years ago I went to the doc to report a niggling numbness in my left pinky. That was the start of the degeneration so that now I have arthritis throughout my spine. The disease has had the keen sense of humour to migrate to extremities now. Just wondering though...any one out there have experience of worsening crepitis in the neck? Mine seems to be getting worse by the day....wondering if this has implications for the future? Thanks.
Could this have anything to do with the effacement of the CSF in the cervical spine or is it most likely due to sinusitus? My hearing has gotten a lot worse over the past year. I am constantly misunderstanding people. When they say tie, I think they said pie, etc. Very annoying. 12. Have I mentioned anything in either of these posts that might account for the "burning" sensation throughout most of my body that I have suffered with for the last 5 years?
I feel and have sympathy for each of you. 99 percent of the doctors want to help, but with the spine comes uncertainty. I am living the same problems some of you are writing about. It makes life hard. Especially when you have a family. My suggestion to you is to find a really good PT program that uses strength training. I went to a place called PRIDE in Dallas, Texas. I got off of pain meds and was feeling so much better. This was during the summer/. It was a six or 8 week program.
Hello In 2007 my scans showed the following I have pain at the top of my head and back of my head that comes and goes. Is this a consequence of the OA in my cervical spine? Pics arent very good but here are the links Report summary 2007 Loss of normal cervical lordosis noted Deg changes discs throughout CS Osteophytes vertabral plates discs C3/4 and C5/6 Left neural foramen C3/4 and the right NF C4/5 are sig indented http://i239.photobucket.
I am posting this here, because it involves both a syrinx AND other parts of the spine. Here are the mri results from this past spring. i will just list what was out of the ordinary: brain: scattered juxtacortical hyperintense signal foci are present bilaterally. no abnormal enhancement seen. impression: scattered white matter disease may be due to mild chronic microangiopathy, but the possibility of a dyemyelinating process such as multiple sclerosis should also be considered.
I have danced since I was 5 and family predisposition for osteoarthritis was made worse because body loading incorrectly, gait is off etc. Dr. feels most of it is coming from the cervical spine and a fusion of the C5 would take pressure off the cord. I do not take pain meds. I do Pilates with a trainer and have for 8 years so I am strong but stopped a year ago because I was scared when I started to have balance issues. Being a dancer, this drives me mad!
in really bad pain mid to lower back, recently had mri scan which reads - there are moderate degenerative changes throughout the lower thoracic and lumber spine with dehydration and circumferential bulging of the discs as well as signs of facet joint osteoarthritis. loss of disc height is noted from L2-3 to L5-S1. from L3-4 to L5-S1 there are reactive endplate changes. at L4-5 there is mild spinal canal narrowing but no evidence of nerve root compression.
It's a form of osteoarthritis of the spine. It wasn't clear from what you wrote if those bony protrusions appeared to be pressing on the spinal cord, so I can't tell you if that is your problem. It could be any form of myelopathy - or disorder of the brain or spine. My mother had the same thing at a lower level (C5-6) and lost a huge amount of muscle strength and sensation in both her legs and hands. Her symptoms were identical to yours.
Hi i'm 49 and i have cervical spine osteoarthritis or Advanced Degenerative Disc Disease on multiple levels for 7 yrs now. Neurosurgeons have said surgery will not happen ( anywhere in the world ) cos it's far too dangerous !!!!!! less than 5% chance of success......and if it was successful i would have more pain in my neck...ffs!
Sometimes i cannot lift left leg and have pain and tingling in feet, is that from lumbar or cervical spine. This past week I'm experiencing new pain in both legs (more in right) sharp pain raditating down legs and then they give out. Also i am curious about what pain is caused by which herniations. For example my upper back, neck area gets completely numb and i have a searing pain on left back neck area..which herniation causes that? Also pain in arms and left hand (two middle fingers).
It can happen in any region, but is more common at lower back in lumbar region and cervical region. It is advisable for you to do physiotherapy for relief of pain and spasm of muscle, pain killers and pain management specialist for conservative management. But if this fails, the option left is surgery. You can try a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator, which is an electronic device that produces electrical signals used to stimulate nerves through unbroken skin.
My PCP is sending me to an MS Neurologist I am guessing to rule out MS because I have a several symptoms that could be MS, but my MRIs of my cervical and lumbar spine have never revealed any lesions. She wants them to do brain MRI. Could I possibly have MS with only trouble there?
And you are right, nothing was mentioned of that. No RA, diagnose with osteoarthritis and beginning stages of osteoperosis (spelling?) I do have another question I forgot to ask. If the area near my skull or through the opening is touched, it is extremely painful. Even putting my hair in a ponytail or up with a barrette causes pain. Does anyone else have that problem too? I'm sorry to be asking so many questions, I just want to understand what I am going through now.
Spondylosis is just a general term referring to degenerative osteoarthritis of the joints or the spine. A lot of people have disc bulges, its a normal part of aging and in a lot of cases they don't cause any problems. So the one you have at C5-6 isn't causing any problems and neither is the effacement of the thecal sac. Effacement in this case means rubbing out or pushing on and thecal sac is the outer covering of the spinal canal.
The T1 and T2 vertebral bodies appear to be congenitally fused. Impression Degenerative changes of the cervical spine severe at c5/6 and c6/7 where there is moderate-to-severe and severe left-sided foraminal narrowing demonstrated as detailed above. Findings are exaccerbated by a rotatory scoliosis extending into the upper thoracic segments with apparent congenital fusion to t1 and t2 disc spaces. Is all of this even related to ms?
***X-RAYS*** C-Spine: Mild uncinate joint osteoarthritis. Cervical spine shows loss of normal lordosis with a slight kyphotic angulation at the C2/3 level. Cervical vertebral bodies shoe neither anterior wedging nor collapse. Cervical intervertebral disc spaces at C2/3 to C5/6 show narrowing. Left Shoulder Joint: Mild glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis. Acromion process shows Type II morphology with anterior acromial spur formation.
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