Re: help with mri results
Hi....I thought I'd jump in since the major problem is in the cervical spine. Most of us cervical people are on the Spinal Cord Disorders board and not the Back Problems board so Teri....if you want to jump in and add to the lumbar portion, please do. I'll try my best with both.
- at C3-4 and C4-5, you have disks that are bulging backward toward your spinal cord. But they are not touching your cord but do touch the membrane that overs the spinal cord and makes a indentation in the spinal fluid that separates the membrane from the cord.
- At C5-6, you have a similar situation with a bulging disk hitting the membrane that covers your spinal cord but not the cord. However, it always pushes out into the sides of the canal, but it not touching anything there.
- at C6-7, you have another bulging disk and this time to not only hits the membrane but it does hit the spinal cord itself. However, the sentence below says that the cord is normal in size so it is hitting it but not making it compressed. The disk is also hitting the nerves that exit from the cord to your right arm at the C7 level but if I read this right, it is considered a mild compression.
- Your spinal cord is of normal dimensions and appears to be normal
- No arthritis in the facet or uncovertebral joints which are tiny joints that come off the sides and back of the main vertebrae
- last 4 sentences basically say they see no problems in any of the other areas of your neck
Brachail Plexus appears normal
- the very last vertebra in the back is L5 and in some people, it can be attached to the sacrum(S1) and in your case, it is. Probably formed that way when your spine calcified as a child.
- L2-3 has another bulging disk that has pushed back into the canal and is touching that thecal sac again and pushing into both sides of the spinal canal but is not touching the nerves.
-L3-4 has another bulging disk that is touching that membrane and has pushed into the sides of the canal and on top of it, is bulging outside of the canal space. Does not appear to be hitting any nerves however.
- Arthritis is seen in the facet joints on both sides of the back of the vertebrae.
One big way to know how bad things are is when you see any of the following words....Minimal, Mild, Moderate or Severe. That is how they rate the amount of compression or blockage. Almost everything they found was MILD......and that is good. Even Moderate is not bad depending on the situation. When these change to Severe, then you are in trouble and may need surgery to relieve the pressure or blockage. Moderate compression of the spinal cord in the neck may require surgery but you don't have that anywhere. You may have a "moderate" disk bulge(tells them the size) but it does not compress your spinal cord. The spinal cord is normally about 11-12mms wide in the neck and can be compressed down to 6 mms before it needs surgery. Yours is full thickness.
Your neck and back are not good but do not appear to need surgery from all the MRI's I've read. Probably giving you a lot of pain but pain management can help that as can physical therapy.
Hope this helps you. And Teri...I'd love any additions you can add.