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   Posted 3/23/2008 2:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,
I received the results for the MRI's I had done on the C-Spine and Neck a few weeks ago.  Doctor I saw states that the mumbo jumbo I'm about to post below is caused by the RA.  Says I'm to walk only 15 min at a time and not lift anything over 10lbs including babies or kids.  Not sure if anyone can make heads or tails out of this but if you can, let me know.
Lumbar-Spine Clinical Findings-ill defined round focal anomaly in the inferior aspect at T11 vertebral body(hemangioma).  Disc dessication at L1-L2 and L4-L5.  Degenerative facet joint changes with fluid in the facet joint and hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum, especially at L4-L5.  This is causing spinal canal narrowing.  At L5-S1 there is a far lateral right disc protrusion abutting the right L5 nerve root. 
C-Spine Clinical Findings-Posterior bulging of the disc at C5-C6 with encroachment on the anterior spinal theca. some flattening of the spinal cord.  Mild bilateral narrowing of the neural foramina, more severe on the right  C3-C4 narrowing of the right neural foramen.
C7-T1-Mild narrowing of the right neural foramen.
Can these findings be causing a large amount of pain, I guess I thought most of the pain I had was due to the RA.
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Current Diagnosis-Rheumatoid Arthritis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Osteoarthritis right knee, Osteoporosis. Stress!!!!!!
Current Meds-Methotrexate 20mg s/c weekly, Plaquenil 200 mg BID, Celebrex, Folic Acid daily, Cesamet, Oxycontin 20 mg BID, Lorazepam 2 mg dly Actonel weekly, Insulin-Humalog 35 units TID and Lantus 40 units BID, Calcium, Vitamin D

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/23/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Degenerative facet joint changes with fluid in the facet joint
It's when the interlocking peices of your vertabre (the facets) start to deteriorate (sp). There is cartalige (sp) in between the joint. 
This is causing spinal canal narrowing
I've been told that the narrowing is usually a degernerative problem...
right disc protrusion abutting the right L5 nerve root
your disc is pushing against the nerves on your vertebrea
The rest... I don't understand.
Yes it can cause pain.  Have your doc get out the model/ pictures... mine did, and explain everything in HUMAN terms. good luck...
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? -anon
Fibro, Spondylothesis, sacralized vertibrea, osteoarthritis and I'm not even thirty's hoping my body is done aging. lol

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