Too young to feel this old. Osteoarthritis?

by Jeticane

Uncovertebral hypertrophy

Uncovertebral hypertrophy

C2-C3: No bulging disc, neural foraminal narrowing or canal
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
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
C7-T1: No bulging disc, neural foraminal narrowing or canal
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
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!


Dr B

Nov 04, 2015
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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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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