Re: Can someone tell me what some of this means.
Wow! It's hard to know where to begin without writing a book.
You have alot going on. In your lumbar spine.. seems all your discs are drying out (aka Desiccation). Where the term "retrolisthesis" is, means those bony processes there are not in the normal position, but have slipped back to some degree (which makes your spine quite unstable). Most of your facets in the lumbar spine are "arthritic" for ease of explanation. Also have alot of stenosis is varying degrees in this area too, which narrows the opening that the nerves run through the spine, and often can cause a "squeezing" or "pinching" of the cord.
Your thoracic spine. Hemangioma is a cyst/lesion type structure, that is generally not harmful and is benign. These can appear and often go away all by themselves and are often not surgically removed unless they impose a health risk in the area in which they are. You have a few discs bulging here with on abutting the cord, but does not mention it pressing on it. the spondlyotic term, means your spine is compressed somewhat in those areas (again causes spine instability).
Your cervical spine. I think you can construct what's going on there using some of the info above to give you an idea of is going on there. But at C6-C7, you have some form a cyst or tumor or something that is obviously fluid based, near the oral cavity.
That's a quick response to what I read in a way that should make sense.
Is this the first MRI of your spine you've had done? Are all these issues new to you? Whoever you are seeing, you need to be treated by a very good spine surgeon.
I hope the above helps you some and please keep us posted.
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L5/S1 bulging @ 18, now 46; still there (but no pain)
Fusion at L4/L5 Apr -2006
Solidly Fused Nov-2006
A Success, but still improving!
Last edited by Justoneofus; 09-12-2008 at 11:04 PM.