Barbara, thank you so much for this info, its great to be prepared. And thanks for taking the time to look at this again. I feel like things are getting a lot worse now, day by day. I can’t do any sort of physical exertion without being in total agony, as opposed to when I do nothing I’m in bad pain 🙂 The pain and headaches leave me in tears and ready to pull my hair out, whats left of it anyway. I’m spending every day in bed or on the couch. I hate sitting around and not being busy. The start of the gardening season is around the corner too so the quicker this gets moving the better.
I am getting the MRI done in the Medserena Center in London, just waiting for a date. Professor Grahame in London has referred me and explained that they test for instability and Chiari using the same methods as the US. But with this info I’ll make sure its right and know whats going on.
To me it looks like C4 is chipped and I thought that the white dot could be a bone fragment but I would have thought that would have been noticed. But then again I’ve heard most radiographers just look at the center slice (is this true). The dot is very small in the center and bigger in slice 9, so its hardly an imaging problem. Its like its showing a bit of the side of the object in 8 and down the center of it in 9. Could it be a syrinx? I might just call the MRI center in the morning. I have a stingy pain around C4 with stiffness and crunching/cracking, well that’s in most of my neck anyway.
Professor Grahame noted that I had a small degree of scoliosis, but that was 3-4 years ago. I haven’t really thought about it or brought it up with anyone since. I haven’t had any other dr comment on it either. Its very noticeable in the PosDisp??? view and looks bad enough.
No, I’m in Ireland Barbara. Are Cine MRI’s widely used? It’s probably the same as the upright MRI, not available here and I have to pay out of my own pocket to get it done. When getting an upright do they always do the three positions? I was told the scan was £800, but is that per position or full scan. That’s another call I need to make.
Ohhh, I would love a Epsom salts bath now. It would be heaven but… no bath. I got sick when I was renovating our stone cottage and never got to finish it the way I wanted. I will try soaking my feet in the morn. Thanks for the tips. Lately I’ve had a feeling of pressure in my head a lot more and more intense so great if it helps. I’ve actually been craving things with magnesium like seeds and nuts. I’ve been eating handfuls of seeds.
I will definitely discuss all of the items with Neuro, when I see them. Waiting lists are horrendous in Ireland, even for Private patients. I might get a break this time though.
Thanks again for your help Barbara. It has been extremely useful and hopefully gets me on the path to a concrete diagnosis, not that I want it, and to some sort of treatment that works.