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Old 05-16-2006, 03:31 PM   #1
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Question Is this Arthritis or what does this MRI Really Mean?

This is a copy of my MRI report. My primary doctor said that according to the report I am suffering from a mild form of arthritis that is causing the stiff neck, etc.

What does this MRI really say?

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There is strengthening of the normal lordosis. There are small signal abnormalities of the vertebral endplates of C5 and C6 likely on the basis of underlying disc disease. There is increased signal within the T1 vertebral body likely representing and incidental hernangioma. The vertebral bodies appear normal in height. There is no abnormal signal in the surrounding soft tissues or within the spinal cord.

The C2-3 disc demonstrates normal height and signal. There is no bulge or herniation. There is no central stenosis or foraminal impingment.

The C3-4 disk demonstrates loss of height and signal. There is central herniation with hypertrophic changes creating a ventral extradural defect. There are hypertropic changes of the uncovertebral joints at this level.

The C4-5 disc demonstrates normal height and signal. There are posterior hypertrophic changes creating a ventral extradural defect. There are mild hypertropic changes of the uncovertebral joints.

The C5-6 disc demonstrates loss of height and signal. There is moderate central herniation with hypertrophic changes creating a ventral extradural defect. There are hypertropic changes of the uncovertebral joints creating a foraminal impingement greater on the left than right.

The C6-7 disc demonstrates loss of height and signal. There are posterior hypertrophic changes creating a ventral extradural defect. There are hypertropic changes of the uncovertebral joints at these levels.

The C7-T1 disc demonstrates normal height and signal. There is no bulge or herniation. There is no central stenosis or foraminal impingement.

IMPRESSION:

1. Loss of the normal cervical lordosis;
2. Degenerative disc disease is demonstrated from C3-4 through C6-7 resulting in moderate central stenosis and foraminal impingement, which appears most significant at C5-6 level.

 
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Old 05-16-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
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Re: Is this Arthritis or what does this MRI Really Mean?

Well it's pretty much summed up at the bottom. You do have degenerative disk disease which is a form of arthritis. It can often cause spurs to grow as a result, herniations and of course as was noticed disk loss or change.

You also have several herniations with 5 and 6 being problematic and of course you do have stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal column and something is causing an impingment which will cause you nerve pain.

If I were you I would seek out a Nuerosurgeon or an orthopeadic surgeon who specializes in neck and back surgery and get a second opinion, especially if you are experiencing severe pain.

I do suggest you stop by the Spinal Cord board here where you will find tons of information and helfpul stories and experiences.

I have and had the same problem as you. I had several of my disks fused but due to a car accident a year later I have herniations again and a broken screw. My surgery was very successful up until the point of the accident and I was quite pain free.
I can tell you that any impingement that is left untreated for a long period of time can cause permanent nerve damage.

Some of the things that can be done outside of surgery is of course physical therapy which may or may not help with the pain. Some claim that herniations do reabsorb but I've never seen it occur (I've had many herniations for years without reabsorbtion). You "might" benefit from home traction. And of course there's always the medication route. If you do go that route I highly suggest you seek out a Pain Management specialist.

Steriodal injections or EPI's are pretty useless when it comes to moderate to severe herniations and or damage. In other cases they are about 50% effective. Not everyone responds the same to them.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I hope that you are not suffering from too much pain but if you are you should definately seek out a surgeon who at least at a minimum can remove the herniations. There is not much that can be done about spinal stenosis other than standard treatments as a very small percentage of those with Spinal stenosis are operated on and when it is operated on it is in a pretty severe or advanced state.

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