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Wendallzmom
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Nuchal Tendon Occification/Calcification

Posted by @wendallzmom, Aug 23, 2017

I have a horizontal hard mass at C5 & C6 It can be be pushed back and forth so it can hide in between C5 & C6 Back to front movement is over its width so at least 1″. Att other times you can feel in just by brushing hand over skin at C5/C6, It protrudes right to the surface of my skin or pushes straight back to align with my spine. It goes into alignment so good it does NOT show up on MRI CAT or Xray. It is slowly growing from half inch to 2″ in 3 years.

You can manually feel the front and both side. Many ppl have verified shape and size a friend measured it for me. It is a rectangle that is totally horizontal measuring 2″L x 1″D X 1/4″ H

It can not to be felt when laying on back for stomach, it goes back into alignment with cervical spine. It can only be felt when I am standing. I have been told the mass is calcification of my nuchal tendon, knowing that tendon is vertical it doesn’t make sense to me that that it would be that the shape I feel moves around and lays horizontally.

My next step is the Mayo, I want to tell my primary what i found out. So she can refer me.

I am new, first timer, so hope i did this right

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Welcome to Connect, @wendallzmom.
You posted perfectly. However, I moved your message to the Bones, Joints & Muscles because I think you may have a better chance connecting with others who may have some thoughts about the mass you’ve found on your nuchal ligament. To start, I’m tagging @JustinMcClanahan @sandytoes14 and @jenapower to see if they may have some thoughts to add.

Wendallzmom, does the mass cause any pain?

Thank you very much for your help!

The mass feels hard like a bone feels. And the mass itself has no pain. It just wreaks havoc to the muscles and spine around it.

This is taken from last PT appt.

PALPATION: The patient was tender to palpation over bilateral interscapular musculature, bilateral suboccipital, sternocleidomastoid, scalene, upper trapezius, and levator scapula musculature. There does appear to be a palpable abnormality with springing over the lower cervical spine. <end>

I am attaching a couple pictures to give you an visual idea of what I’m talking about. The pictures of the two rocks and a dime are the size of the mass when it started out 3 years ago and the size and shape it is now. The one with the red line is where the mass is located and it springs back and forth, from front to back between those two vertebrae. And the last pictures are some of the worst swelling I’ve had in my neck and back.

Hope this helps.

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I have a similar mass that was detected on an ultrasound while in the upright position; however, an MRI while lying down didn’t show the mass and only came back with a “thickening of nuchal ligament.”

Have you had any progress in your diagnosis?

@gina111

I have a similar mass that was detected on an ultrasound while in the upright position; however, an MRI while lying down didn’t show the mass and only came back with a “thickening of nuchal ligament.”

Have you had any progress in your diagnosis?

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Hello @gina111, welcome to Connect. While we wait for others to jump back in on this discussion, would you mind sharing a bit more information? Did your provider discuss what this diagnosis means? Is the mass painful?

@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @gina111, welcome to Connect. While we wait for others to jump back in on this discussion, would you mind sharing a bit more information? Did your provider discuss what this diagnosis means? Is the mass painful?

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@JustinMcClanahan
I am still in the process of being bounced around since the ultrasound in June. The latest was an appointment with a neurosurgeon that has referred me to Ochsner in New Orleans. I was contacted by Ochsner and have yet again been bounced between neurology and oncology, with no appointment set to date. Frustrating. The pain has increased, especially at night. The pain is in the is left side of my neck, radiating mainly into my left scapula and trapezius, with some pain radiating down the left arm leaving the arm feeling very fatigued. Range of motion in the neck is limited, especially to the left and backward extension. I will attach photos I have of the ultrasound and MRI.

As with the original lady that posted, the mass is very hard and was clearly visible on ultrasound that was conducted while sitting up this, weight load bearing. The MRI was performed while supine. @@

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