Back experts? What the hell does this mean?

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    I've had nagging back pain for the past 3 weeks or so and it's just getting worse. I have sharp pain going from the left side of my neck all the way down my left arm. It throbs like it hurts in my bicep and forearm but the damage appears to be in the spine. Chiropractor sent me for an MRI and the following quote is the results. I'm supposed to meet with a surgeon on Wednesday to read the film and decide if surgery is necessary. Anyone have experience with what reads like greek to me?

     
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    I'm not a doctor, but I play one on USMB.... j/k... I found this diagram which shows how they designate each of the vertebrae in your spinal column. I also Googled some of the terms and pieced together this diagnosis, free of charge, that will tell you what it's worth! :)

    Your back injury is in the upper part of your back and the C5-6, C7 etc refer to the individual vertebrae in your spinal column. I think it means that you have some herniation in disks between those vertebrae. One vertebra (C7) has a large herniation which is pushing your spinal cord to one side and putting pressure on one of the nerves that comes out of the spinal column. That nerve is probably the one that goes down your arm. That explains why you are having problems with your arms and in your neck region.

    The "cervical lordosis" is the top region of the spine, where the "C" vertebrae are located. That is, around the neck and perhaps the shoulder region.

    Foramen magnum: The large hole at the base of the skull which allows passage of the spinal cord.

    posteriorly - means displaced to the back

    Here's a PDF document http://www.neurosurgeon.org/pem/pdf/20040418_SpineAnatomyandSpineGeneral.pdf that describes the anatomy of the spine...

    I hope that this helps....
     
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    It means you will have to have surgery, sometime.
     
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    It means you will have to be castrated as your balls are obviously too big for your spine.
     
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    Absolutely, thanks! I'm sure the Doc can explain things fully when I see him but of course they leave me hanging with my thoughts, which can be a really scare thing!

    Jeff - Thanks for the link, yours helped as well.

    Mr. P. - Is there anything else they can do now besides that to relieve the pain that you know of? It's literally non-stop, 24 hours a day. I was hoping he could do something to relieve the pain today and at least allow me to sleep again.

    CSM - "Who's got the biggest, balls of them all" AC-DC They sang that about me. :)
     
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    http://www.webmd.com/content/article/67/80001.htm
    read more...http://www.webmd.com/content/article/65/72632.htm
    Good Luck, Jim. I know how bad back pain can be.
     
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    I really do hope you get relief...despite the dark humor.
     
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    I'm sorry you are in such constant pain, Jim. That's the worst.
     
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    Just got back from the doctor and at least finally got some pain meds, so I'll be flying high on 'Oxycodone' in a short bit as I just took one! He also prescribed some steroid pills crap that's supposed to help. I'll meet with him again in a week and if there's no improvement he wants to do a 'Microdisectomy'. The herniation is very large and pressing right against the spinal cord. I'm trying to attach one of the photos from the MRI:
     

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