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C4-C5 and C5-C6 Herniated. MRI Results. Advice?


#1

im 27 year old male now I been experiencing new neck/shoulder blade/elbow issue for about 6-12 months. just now worked with a sport Chiro and tried 8 weeks off and only cardio to get it fixed… no relief… can’t do upper body it gives me a pulling shoulder blade issue going to the elbow with a stiff neck… the ni ended up almost tripping and catching my step that left my right knee in pain which has gotten way better than 9 weeks ago but still have aches throughout day… and night… talk about horrible horrible literally horrible luck… I lost my whole shredded mass look and all. it really does suck

just got my MRI back… today… and it states…

FINDINGS: A reduced lordotic curvature is noted. No intramedullary bony lesions are present. The spinal cord is normal in caliber and signal intensity. There is no evidence of intraspinal or paraspinal masses, or spinal stenosis. The adjacent soft tissues are unremarkable in appearance.
The craniocervical junction is intact.

The visualized posterior fossa structures, base of the skull, and C1/2 level are within normal limits.

At the C2/3 and C3/4 levels, the disk spaces are maintained. The disks are well hydrated with no evidence of herniation. The neuroforamina are patent
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At the C4/5 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated. A 1.5 mm disk herniation is seen with an annular fissure (sequence 102, image 6) encroaching on the anterior subarachnoid space and both neuroforamina. Mild anterior vertebral spurring is noted.

At the C5/6 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated. A 1 mm disk herniation is seen encroaching on the anterior subarachnoid space and both neuroforamina. Mild anterior vertebral spurring is noted.

At the C6/7 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated. Posterolateral bulging of the disk is seen to the right with foraminal encroachment.

At the C7/T1 level, the disk space is maintained. The disk is well hydrated with no evidence of herniation. The neuroforamina are patent.
IMPRESSION:

DISK HERNIATION AT C4/5 AND C5/6 LEVELS. 2. DISK BULGE C6/7 LEVEL.

WHAT SHOULD I DO?


#2

Find a DPT to work with. Some would disagree with me but I think chiropractors are limited in treatment options and overpriced, not to mention overhyped by people claiming that they can cure all sorts of ailments. A physical therapist can exhaust all treatment options before surgery - and trust me, with spinal fusion the way it is, you do not want to jump into it without trying everything else. Go to your primary care physician with your MRI results and get a referral to a specialist. Do it tomorrow, not next week or the week after. How you proceed now can make a difference in your recovery time. And don’t give up - I had (might still have?) two herniated discs and used to get completely numb feet from standing more than 5 minutes, and I’m relatively pain free these days.


#3

well thanks bro! appreciate the reply.

well im not as bad where the numbing but the shoulder blade to the elbow… yes bro it gets bothered specially if I do upper body . also I know ur gonna say its bad but neck cracking I have a habit with it… I know i heard its bad but what can I do im tryin my very best to stop all this . its a horrible process but I wanna heal without doing a surgrey


#4

by the looks by my mri? is it fixable… without a surgery… I lost hope after the Chiro couldn’t fix me.


#5

Stay away from chiros if you have disc herniations.

Surgery is usually done based on symptoms: pain/numbness/loss of strength and mobility.

If you have to go the surgery route, research artificial disc replacement. More rapid recovery than fusion, less pain, mobility preserved.


#6

I won’t recommend tx over forums but yeah you need to see a good PT. Not a cookie cutter chop shop PT either. They exist and are useless. If you can look for a McKenzie certified therapist.


#7

thing is… I haven’t worked out in 2 weeks I do feel tingling down arm/fingers… but its not pain where I can bare it… I hope this is normal syphotoms and I hope that I can solve these with PT. im 28 and down want to go to any surgery route atm.


#8

You need to stay away from the scalpel as long as possible man. Once it starts it’s rough and the surgery themselves can require another surgery secondary to scar tissue. If you get keloid scars this can be indication that scar tissue can be worse inside the wound. I know several ppl that had to go under to have scar tissue cut out. I’m not trying to scare you but I’d say try PT first and a C spine herniation is no joke. Neither is having surgery on c spine. Just be safe first of all. The gym will always be there when you are healed, or repaired.


#9

true Marc. thanks a lot. I hope its curable without the surgery… I have TOOKEN time off from weights which bothers me but im resting it without weights.