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Old 10-25-2019, 12:38 AM #1
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Hi I have had a CT scan and returned to my GP due to results. I have been referred for a MRI due to the results. I am wondering if anyone can help explain the results and what may recovery entail.

I am 50 year old female with constant dull pain in neck shoulder and head and upon movement of my head left right up or down I get a cracking/popping noise on the left side of my head towards my ear with a sharp shooting pain that radiates from the neck to the ear to the shoulder.
I also get pins and needles/ numbness feeling in both shoulders/arms/hands.

Hoping someone can explain these results in simple terms and what the long term effects if any may be. Maybe I am worrying about nothing but seeing the word SEVERE does not make me feel at ease.

thank you in advance.

results of CT scan

Findings: Cervical segmentation is normal. Vertebral body heights and alignments are preserved. No osseous lesion seen.


The disc at C4/S and C5/6 are degenerate with shallow broad based posterior disc bulging associated with uncovertebral joint osteophytic lipping.
There is also classic uncovertebral joint degenerative changes at C5/6 on the left.

These changes result in severe foraminal stenosis for the right C4, C5 and left C6 nerve roots. There is no significant central stenosis at any level.

No paravertebral soft tissue mass is seen. There is no cervical ribs evident.
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The MRI report might clarify things more.

Your symptoms made me wonder if some of it could be repetitive/ work /posture related. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or such..
I saw this - There is no cervical ribs evident. so that is good..
Does desk work or similar use & posture apply?

Also it could be some spine & some soft tissue factors both happening..

If no clear surgical action is required, be sure to ask for some expert PT to see if that helps for you.

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thankyou for your reply, I will post MRI report once I have a copy
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Hi,
I think your best bet is to not worry yet.
It sounds like a pinched nerve. I'm sure they will have you try physical therapy first. You may get great results. If not probably surgery. It sounds like what I have.
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I have a couple MRI reports from the time after hip replacement in 2010. I've been dealing with advancing OA for some 60 yrs and at 81 have learned to live it all. Have done so much but will NOT do any back surgeries...

The MRI reports read like crossword puzzles...a lot of OA and good thing I'm retired as it's all advanced since my early 70's with hip job. My salvation is 1 ibuprofen/1OA Tylenol every 6 hours with FOOD in stomach and sadly some resignation on what has gone on with me. Lower back issues started at 18 and here I am 81...

I take a lot of joint supplements too and give them some good trials and then I find new ones and go with them. c
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