I had another MRI today

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Red_34
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Doctors are still stumped to be what is causing my back and neck pain so I went in to see a neurologist a few weeks ago.  He sent me for an MRI today and I should know by this Thursday if anything shows up.  I am sort of hoping that something shows up just so I can have a name to my horrendous back pain.  If nothing shows up on this MRI then he is going to send me in for a nuclear bone scan. 
 
As a side question, I noticed that at the base of my neck that a hump is starting to form.  I noticed it a while ago but thought I was imagining it.  But then my hubby just happened to mention that it seemed to be bigger and asked if it hurts which it doesn't.  Does anyone else have this and if so, what is it?
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   Posted 7/10/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I too have a hump at the base of my neck.  Mine is caused by 3 bulging vertebre.  Sometimes mine goes down a little and other times it seems to grow minute by minute.  I have been told that it is due to inflamation around the vertebre.  It is not fun!!!! Mostly I take muscle relaxers and pain medicine to help with the pain.  I have had steroid injections before.  It helped some...for a while....good luck to you.

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   Posted 7/10/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Awe Sherry, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. The hump could be a fibro lump, I get one around the back of my neck too, ultra sound therapy helps. Try some moist heat on it to see if that helps. This is just my advice. Take Care and soft Hugz and Lots of Prayers are with you....
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   Posted 7/10/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Red,
Not sure if the lumps I have are normal or not! I've grown used to my bumps and bulges! But if yours is growing you really should have it checked out. I think we sometimes get bulges that are tightened muscles (that's mostly what I've got, and can work some of them out with stretching and such).

This probably doesn't help but I wanted to let you know I was thinking of you. Tell us when you get the MRI results.

PaLady

JulietteSuzanne
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   Posted 7/10/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a slight hump at the base of my neck too, but I thought it was just bad "computer/desk posture"! Now I'm wondering if it may be related to my facial nerve pain?

I also have a pretty sizable lump/hump looking thing under my armpit area and went to a surgeon to get it checked out and he didn't even do a CT Scan, MRI, or anything. After observing it and asking me a serious of questions (did I have an infection or sore on the arm that recently healed, fever, illness, etc., he knew immediately that it was nothing. It ended up being just a swollen sweat gland with some fatty tissue (HEY NOW! :-) BUT I was immensely relieved to get it checked out.

Have that hump checked out. It may be something to delve further into, or it may be nothing like mine was.

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   Posted 7/11/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Sherry - good to see you again. I've been thinking of you. I don't know about the hump thing, sorry, but I wanted to encourage you about the other tests. My MRIs CTs and Bone Scans were all "unremarkable" according to the docs, yet here I am coming off yet another round of hospital ER visits... Okay that didn't sound encouraging, but here's what I wanted to tell you....

I was at my Physical Therapist appointment the other day and he was asking me about surgery and my tests and such and I was telling him that they didn't do any new scans this time b/c all my previous ones have shown "minimal" problems other than JDD, DDD, and a slight herniation and another annular tear. But they say that these issues are not yet severe enough to cause the symptoms I am having. When I said this, my Therapist just shook his head and said that he has had more than one patient who had surgery and the doctor told them that when they "got in there" they found that the situation was like 10x worse than what the images showed. In one case, the doctor had made the tech bring the images up to the operating room b/c he was convinced they were the wrong spine! My PT guy told me he thought if they were to open me up they'd probably find more damage than they realized and just be shocked that I had been able to bear it for so long.

Surgery scares the begeebers out of me, so this sort of scares me to even think of, but it was also sort of validating to hear him say that he believed I really had a mechanical issue here. I just wanted to share it with you and anyone else who is reading this. I think we, as patients, put too much faith in these scans and images. It is possible that you could have a somewhat unremarkable scan and yet a serious problem. Hopefully that wouldn't be the norm, but I think we know our own bodies.

Ry

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   Posted 7/12/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Red, glad to hear you are finally getting some MRI's done. At least like you said if something shows up then its confirmed. I thought for a few years all of my neck & back pain was in my head. I finally went to a neurologist who ordered MRI's. I have 2 small herniations in the neck and a herniated at the bottom disc in my back. Surgery was an option and I opted out on that.

Ry and unremarkable MRI does not mean its normal. If it was normal it would state normal. Unremarkable can be what is called minimal findings. Hugs to all, Susie


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   Posted 7/12/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I had another post in CP that got buried since I had posted this one. But the MRI revealed that I have 2 bulging discs (maybe 3) and when I am in extreme pain that hump gets bigger so I'm pretty sure that it is due to inflammation. I go in on Tuesday for epidural injections which for some reason is making me extremely nervous! I have had those shots before in my SI joint but it's sort of scaring me to know that they are going to be inserting needles into my neck *shudders*.

It's good to see you again Ry! Did you have that other surgery and if so, how do you feel?
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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Sherry - Just wanted to let you know I'll be praying for you tomorrow when you have your injections. I've had some in my cervical spine before and they really weren't too bad - although I was scared too. It's understandable. I'll pray for peace for you and most of all that it brings you great relief for a very long time.

I did have the surgery and for the most part the recovery was smooth, but the back flare I had last week seems to have caused some problems with my stitches and now I am bleeding and really swollen and having a lot of abdominal pain in addition to the back pain which is a little scary. I am going to have to call that doc tomorrow and see what he thinks. I am afraid the muscle spasms might have pulled some of my internal stitches loose. Still, though, all in all I don't really feel as crummy as I expected to feel after the surgery. Also something potentially good happened... my doc had the anesthesiologist give me an epidural before I woke up after the surgery to help with post-op pain control, and for two whole days after surgery, I had about 25% pain relief in my mid back!!!!! AMAZING!!!! I have not had that degree of relief from any treatment or medication in the past six years! So I asked my doc about it, and he is going to ask the anesthesiologist if there is a long-term version of the cocktail of meds they gave me that he could try and if that anesthesiologist might be willing to give me an epidural shot with a goal of long term pain relief. We'll see. The other epidural I tried failed completely, but whatever this guy did worked at least short term. If he could find a way to get long term relief to the same spot, that would be wonderful.

I'll be anxious to hear how tomorrow goes for you. I hope you get some relief right away. I'll be checking in to see what happens. :)

Ry

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   Posted 7/15/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ry :) Well I had it done and I have no idea why I was so nervous!!! It was a breeze and I didn't feel but a small pinch with the lidocaine before the steroid. The steroid burned a little but this was soooo much easier then the ones I had in my SI joint - now THOSE hurt! I go back in a month for my 2nd injection and Sept. for my 3rd. Unless of course I don't find any relief in 2 weeks because the doc said that in 2 weeks and don't notice an improvement that they aren't going to work for me. I also found out that yes I have the bulge in my C5/C6 vert but the one at C6/C7 I have a slight herniation. Great :( But the doc is hoping that these shots will get me out of pain because he said he wants to keep me off the operating table for as long as possible.

I'm sorry that you are having some difficulty with the surgery. Why couldn't they do that laproscopically? But I'm glad you found a short reprieve from the back pain. Would there be any complications if you were to use that "cocktail"? Ya know what? I think we are just too young to be dealing with all this don't you?? :) Think we can trade our bodies in for newer, younger and healthier models?
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   Posted 7/20/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sherry. Did you're redness and swelling go away yet?

They did do my surgery laprascopically (with a robot!). I'm having bleeding in the netherlands, if you follow... redface I'm also really swollen and having lots of pain in one part of my abdomen, so I think I might have some internal bleeding too. I see that doc in a couple days, so we'll see. Between the front and the back, I am just about paralyzed these days! Oy! I'm totally with you on trading in for a newer model body! Let me know when you find the shop that does trade-ins, okay?

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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the redness went away the day after and the swelling in my "hump" has gone down. I no longer look like the hunch back of Notre Dam :) I'm wondering now if maybe these shots aren't going to work for me. It has taken some of the pain away that shoots down my shoulder blades but it is doing nothing for the ones that shoot up and down my neck. The doc mentioned starting me on Lyrica soon but I've been hearing some bad stories about this. Have you heard anything about it?
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