I have a MRI report that says there is loss of normalcervical lordosis. early discdegeneration is present. however the vertebralheights and vertebral alignment is normal. the spinalcanal and exit foramina are normal. however facet joint degenerative changes are present.
I had MRI because of pain in the neck and my left arm all the way to my finger tips, including numbness and loss of use of left arm.
what would you say is wrong and what sort of treatment is neaded?
This started two and a half years ago, all i have seen are my gp and eventually some consultant that is under the spine surgeon, had a second MRI this week and get results sometime in August. the last time i saw him he said if the MRI comes back without any problems then I will just have to put up with the pain for the rest of my life....not really happy about that!
i have not been given any form of medication since the start of the pain either.
if there is a facet problem you can consider it a form of arthritis in the spine. the nerves in the facets may be giving you trouble. in fact i have a terrible facet condition. i take a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug called diclofinac to ease the pain. can you also be referred to a pain management dr. ? you shouldnt have to suffer like this and i would refuse to accept the statement just live with it?.....pete
thanks for that Pete, I'm going to my GP on monday to get some sort of pain relief, originally they said take ibuprofen but they don't touch the pain at all. as for the consultant, I see him on the 9 August, after the pain i have been in today (unable to even change gear while driving) I am going to lay it down that I can find more info on my problem in two minutes through the internet than they have given me in two and a years, PULL YOUR FINGER OUT!
do you live in great briton? the slowness of your treament tells me that may be the case.i guess its one way costs are kept down. a squeaky wheel gets the oil so make lots of squeaks.
other drugs to look at for nerve pain are lyrica and neurontin. let us know how you make out. oh by the way after you get new mri result see if physical therapy is recommended.....pete
Well, the results are in! ortho arthritis so I'm told, being booked in for physio by the surgeon and booking myself in to a brilliant chiroprator I know and has helped me many years ago with my lower back.
letter sent to gp so I will be seeing him soon to find out some more and get some sort of pain relief with any luck!
i've found that with arthritis in facets you need do move but move slowly. i do some swimming with a snorkel so i dont twist neck and i do dog paddle and breast stroke really slow.
you will find some activities that really help. keep experimenting. hand sanding the top of a wooden table really helped me.
chiro can help but stay away from snapping neck as a canadian study showed it irritated blood vessels which then caused strokes.