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post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 
What would cause swelling on my spine like this:


There's a ruptured disc in there and a few herniated but it's been like that for 6 years without the swelling. *** is going on?
Had the MRI on Thursday and I'm waiting for the results.
What will the doctor have to say?
It's not centered on the spine, it's actually mostly to the right side of the vertebra.

One of the doctors care to take a guess?
post #2 of 35
I'm going to make a wild guess at this. But I'm going to say that it looks like you might have bursitis of the scapula. Here is what I found. Hope this helps you out.
http://jjco.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/c.../full/29/7/356
post #3 of 35
Thread Starter 
Whatever it is, it is on the spine. The scapula from what I can tell is fine. There's a good inch plus between the swelling and the scapula.
The vertebra are tender to the touch. Dead center on the vertebra is where it is most sore... Looking at it, the mass is more to the left than the right
post #4 of 35
The MRI was done due to the swelling Jay?.....if that's the case I'd try to chill and wait for the results as mentally painful as that is (waiting for answers)......it could range from real serious to just misalignment and subsequent swelling...jmo I'm no doctor.....but from experience with doctors and waiting for them them to review tests results and then for their opinion you need to get your mind off this somehow for now.......maybe a new video (or board) game for you and the kids to get into or something.......
post #5 of 35
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Yeah, the MRI was for this area. It has been swollen since Thanksgiving but to a much slighter amount. It was still only mildly swollen after the crash but since yesterday, it has gotten worse and more sensitive.

I don't see the doc until the 10th...

It doesn't feel like swelling, that's what is eating at me.

Guess I'll go play in the shop to take my mind off of it. Tried that yesterday but ended up laying down on a work bench

There's a lot to be said about pleasant surroundings.
post #6 of 35
Lupus ("House" reference)
post #7 of 35
Pleasant surroundings.....that's tough when part of your job is breaking up kids fighting all day .....I already blew my top today 20 minutes into getting the keys again.....my wife leaves her lap top on the table....so of course the two year old starts palying with it, with syrup all over her hands from the breakfast I just put out.....I go to take the laptop away, two old falls on the floor and hits her head.....because my wife left her laptop out, chit like this with her goes on all day around here, she has forgotten what kids do I'm telling you......I'm pretty sure the laptop is now broken because I went into a mini blind rage after my daughter wacked her head......the wife will be home shortly, should be interesting.......

Anyway.....enough of my circus........


Simple as this sounds:

Switch to a bigger pillow or anything that could be giving you an aligment problem over time where you have that instabilty?
post #8 of 35
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Sounds like my house..... I can certainly relate.
My wife has forgotten what it was like for sure... Funny think I noted recently is that she can't find stuff right under her nose. Opens several draws, doors, and whatever. Just can locate stuff. I walk in open the draw and it's right there under some paper or other. Bet that happened 5 times this past week.

We've certainly have swapped roles. Unfortunately she does respond as I would have, had I come home to find her in nothing but an apron. What gives???? I would have liked seeing that. She just laughed and walked on by. Ugh!!!



Nothing has changed. I've been using the same pillow for an eternity in fear of causing problems with alignment.
Must be related to the accident. It likely just took time to swell up.
post #9 of 35
Mine still handles (that word don't fit) our Bills......refuses to turn them over.....tomorrow afternoon that is changing because I had to finally threaten to head out into the sunset.....

We ran out of oil a couple nights ago....with three little kids.......

Why?

She didn't pay the last few bills.......

I'm looking at mail from months ago here that she puts away and it like goes into the twilight zone........

There's gonna be major changes now......I'm taking time off my already sure to be short life over this kind of bulshit..........

I'm out of the loop....you had a recent mva....I'd say that's the cause.....
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by Mr. Dad View Post
Mine still handles (that word don't fit) our Bills......refuses to turn them over.....tomorrow afternoon that is changing because I had to finally threaten to head out into the sunset.....

We ran out of oil a couple nights ago....with three little kids.......

Why?

She didn't pay the last few bills.......

I'm looking at mail from months ago here that she puts away and it like goes into the twilight zone........

There's gonna be major changes now......I'm taking time off my already sure to be short life over this kind of bulshit..........

I'm out of the loop....you had a recent mva....I'd say that's the cause.....


I took over the bills 6 years ago. Glad I did too. Mainly because it opened my eyes to what everything cost. She was better at it but I used to spend too much. Besides I had more quiet time to do it than she.
post #11 of 35
not a doctor by any means...

its hard to see from your picture, but the swelling (on just one side?) may simply be caused by a misalignment of your back, which causes the muscles and everything on that side to work harder, making them blow up like that...

you said their have been previous problems (what/where exactly)? And an auto accident (how recently/how bad)? Did you experience any direct trauma to that area? Does it hurt? Worse when you make a "yes" nod or a "no" nod?
post #12 of 35
Thread Starter 
It's not a spasm.... I live with them daily. Know all about spasms all too well.


It is without a doubt, swelling of the vertebra area. The bones themselves are tender to the touch and the muscle surrounding it is swollen. More swelling on the left.

If I had to guess, I would say there is a good chance of another fracture. I have a free floating fragment off the c4 vertebra in there somewhere but it was not near anything of concern last scan. No idea what the fracture was from.



I've had surgery at the c4/c5 level and c3/c4 was ruptured 6 years ago and I've been living with it since. There are 3 other herniations above and below and the osteophyte growth along the whole cervical spine is substantial.

Maybe fractured the osteophytes there? I have done that to the lumbar area a couple times. It was painful but I don't recall swelling. It healed very quickly too. This has been swollen since Thanksgiving. It just got worse after the crash on Monday.

Effin thing is killing me and I don't want to take the Vicodin.
Naproxen hasn't touched it and the flexirel did nothing but help me fall asleep.
post #13 of 35
jay- sounds like you have a pretty long history with that ol' back of yours .. definitely way to complicated for me to even make an educated guess... but if i had to - I'd say the mva had some minor whiplash which could of caused some fracturing of some bone spurs- (xrays showed nothing right?)... which would explain the tenderness in the actual vertebrate. You dont have any movement associated pain? It is possible depending where that floating fracture ended up - when you got in the accident the fracture bumped into something causing the contusion of yours... which would explain that giant hump on your back... unless your real name is actually Quasimodo?
feel better, the phills (or spankees) are on tv right now.. kansas vs kansas st is on tv later...
post #14 of 35
Maybe a doctor would know....
post #15 of 35
I'm no doctor or anything and i can't relate to the swelling up by your spine. But my back has been feeling like crap since last fall when i hurt it pretty bad. Recently over the past 2 weeks it has been so bad between my spine and shoulder blade I haven't had much sleep at all.

Well, last night I took a very hot bath with epson salt. WOW, is all I can say. I slept like a baby and today my back feels like a champ. I know my problem is not like yours but maybe you give the hot bath epson salt a try to see if it makes you feel any better while your waiting for the MRI results.

I never believed the stuff worked at all. My brother used to do this after some harsh soccer leg kicks and bruises and such and he swore by it. If your having back pain or any chronic pain I'd suggest giving it a try.

John
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