Too young to feel this old. Osteoarthritis?

by Jeticane
(Florida)

Uncovertebral hypertrophy

Uncovertebral hypertrophy

C2-C3: No bulging disc, neural foraminal narrowing or canal
stenosis.
C3-C4: Right lateral disc osteophyte complex with mass effect on
the thecal sac. No nerve root impingement..
C4-C5: No bulging disc, neural foraminal narrowing or canal
stenosis.
C5-C6: Disc degeneration and disc osteophyte complex. Mass effect
on the thecal sac. No impingement on the cord. Modic degenerative
endplate changes. Uncovertebral hypertrophy results in moderate
bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7: Circumferential bulging disc. Slight mass effect on the
thecal sac. No nerve root impingement. Neural foramina are
patent.
C7-T1: No bulging disc, neural foraminal narrowing or canal
stenosis.
Impression:
1. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing at C5-C6 as a
result of uncovertebral hypertrophy, disc degeneration and disc
osteophyte complex.

Is this fixable? I sat a certain position for 10 to 14 hours a day and this is where I am now. My left arm is all but useless and my right is trying very hard to catch up. My right leg becomes incredibly painful after ten minutes of driving. The RLS has gotten to the point of needing at least 3 hours to calm down enough to sleep once I lay down in bed.. I have CTS bilaterally as well with trigger finger x4.

I walk like a robot for the first half hour after sitting for any length of time, (bone spurs at Achilles insertional point bilaterally.)

I am 53 and this seems a bit much at this age.

Dear Jeticane,
There are different things happening here. The good news is that from the report it appears that the pain in your leg and feet has nothing to do with your neck.

Most conditions that affect the human body are treatable but not fixable, to use your word. No one can fix diabetes, hypertension or osteoarthritis in the neck; but all of these are very treatable.

You've had an old whiplash injury, probably quite a long time ago, and I'd be very surprised if you haven't had warning signs over the years that were the harbinger of things to come.

Your feet need heel pads with a soft centre.

There's some other condition causing your leg pain, but you don't give enough information for me even to give a lot shot.

What's your general health like? Are you significantly overweight, do you exercise and are you eating plenty of fresh fruit and salad? All of these have a bearing on the pain you are experiencing.

It's time to start looking for a local competent chiropractor. Talk to friends and family, and your doctor too. There's someone nearby who can most likely help, if not cure, you. If you had say 70% less pain, but it meant going for a treatment once a month, would you be happy?

Dr B



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Nov 12, 2015
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Dr.B. you tickle me!
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for your input. I will take your advice. And your words make me smile! THANKS!

Pleasure!

Dr B

Nov 04, 2015
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Lots of whiplash
by: Anonymous

Thank you Dr. B. Actually:

I touched my toes with the back of my head thanks to an open feedbox and a hungry horse when I was around 8 or 9.

Around that same age I was opening a metal gate where we kept our horses and lightning struck it sending me flying 2 car lengths through the air.

Was thrown off a horse into a water trough.

Knocked off of two horses by them running me under a low branch, have scars on my neck for that.

As far as lumbar damage, I am not sure. The being bent backwards layed me up for a week. The lightning strike knocked me out off and on for several weeks.
I am sure I have osteoartritis in lower back as well, just no proof.

It's actually why chiropractors hate horse riding; serious injuries like these seem to be the norm. I've treated so many over the years and they're always difficult.

Still, it seems you're a healthy, outdoor type and that counts for much. Start hunting for someone who can help you, but a cure won't happen this side of heaven!

Dr B



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