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Old 03-29-2007, 08:35 AM   #1
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Question Newbie needs help with MRI Report

Hi everybody

Great site, so glad I found it. So much good information. My story is that I went to my general practitioner with neck pain and right arm numbness, pain and tingling. She told me it was a pinched nerve and gave me an rx of muscle relaxers. They didn't work at all and just put me to sleep. I called her back and she sent me for an x-ray and an MRI. The MRI findings are as follows:

C2-3 unremarkable

C3-4 minimal central disc protrusion is present, not resulting in spinal stenosis. no bony neural-foramen encroachment is present.

C4-5 Minimal left sided degenerative facet disease is present, not resulting in neural foramen encroachment. No disc protrusion or spinal stenosis is identified.

C5-6 Severe degenerative spondylosis is present, with a fibrous bony bar, resulting in extradural deformity of the theca, deformity of the ventral aspect of the cord, and moderately severe spinal stenosis (7-mm central canal)

C6-7 A small, left posterolateral osteophyte is present, resulting in extradural deformity of the theca, not resulting in spinal stenosis. No neural foramen encroachment is identified.

C7-T1 Unremarkable

Impression:

Severe spoydylosis, C5-6 with a large fibrous bony bar resulting in moderately severe spinal stenosis and reversal of the normal cervical lordosis at this level.

Incidintal lymphadenopathy within the neck

I have had one appointment with a neurosurgeon that my GP referred me to. He was not willing to go over the results of my MRI with me (!) so I have made another appt. with another neurosurgeon to see what is going on. Several things in the report sound rather ominous, but of course, I'm not a doctor. Any help at all is appreciated. Sorry this is so long.

Thanks!

Amy

 
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:34 PM   #2
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Hello fellow newbie,
I am also new to this site and topic (visiting from the allergy topic originally) but saw your posting and thought I'd drop you a line. I am 50 years old and had a problem with my neck for as long as i can remember. I live in San Francisco and about 10 years ago I saw a specialist for spinal cord injuries. The doctor I saw is said to be the tops in his field (having worked on people from the 49ers like Joe Montana). My MRI noted my worst area to be C5-6 like yours, with some of the same descriptions. I also had problems with C2-3, C3-4. I originally went to him complaining of very unusual systems like, my head falling over, numbness, tingling, difficulty with my left side just not working right etc. After he examined me and read my MRI he said I should already be paralyzed. He would have suggested surgery but he said as soon as they repaired one, two or three areas the other areas would just break down. He left me with the advise of waiting until I had nothing left to lose (meaning, wait until paralysis started to set in or until I tripped and fail or had a car accident). After a few years I stopped waiting and went on with my life. I believe i had this problem all my life and i think he was more focused on the idea that it was a new injury. I do believe if i have an accident I'm up the creek without a paddle but for now I exercise with great care (although, I can bench press 100lbs.). I once heard it said that someone could have an MRI that shows 10 major things wrong but the person has no pain or known problems. While someone else can have an MRI with nothing showing up wrong but the person has a great deal of pain and debilitation, go figure!
Shenee

 
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Hello fellow newbie,
I am also new to this site and topic (visiting from the allergy topic originally) but saw your posting and thought I'd drop you a line. I am 50 years old and had a problem with my neck for as long as i can remember. I live in San Francisco and about 10 years ago I saw a specialist for spinal cord injuries. The doctor I saw is said to be the tops in his field (having worked on people from the 49ers like Joe Montana). My MRI noted my worst area to be C5-6 like yours, with some of the same descriptions. I also had problems with C2-3, C3-4. I originally went to him complaining of very unusual systems like, my head falling over, numbness, tingling, difficulty with my left side just not working right etc. After he examined me and read my MRI he said I should already be paralyzed. He would have suggested surgery but he said as soon as they repaired one, two or three areas the other areas would just break down. He left me with the advise of waiting until I had nothing left to lose (meaning, wait until paralysis started to set in or until I tripped and fail or had a car accident). After a few years I stopped waiting and went on with my life. I believe i had this problem all my life and i think he was more focused on the idea that it was a new injury. I do believe if i have an accident I'm up the creek without a paddle but for now I exercise with great care (although, I can bench press 100lbs.). I once heard it said that someone could have an MRI that shows 10 major things wrong but the person has no pain or known problems. While someone else can have an MRI with nothing showing up wrong but the person has a great deal of pain and debilitation, go figure!
Shenee

Thanks for answering me. I'm so sorry to hear about your problems too. I would be fine with having all this stuff on my MRI report if I didn't have any pain! I have an appointment with another neurosurgeon on Thursday who can hopefully tell me what all this means and give me some options as far as what to do about the pain I am in. I believe I've had this all my life too and I know what you mean. Doctors do seem to want to blame this on something, but I've had no traumatic injury and don't think anything happened so to speak. I think the advice to not do anything until you are paralyzed or have an accident is ridiculous! I would get another opinion quite honestly. I have no problem getting 2 or 3 opinions! Even doctors can be wrong.

Again, thanks for writing me, I hope you are feeling better.

 
Old 04-02-2007, 02:12 PM   #4
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Dear AJOKO70,
Over the past ten years I have heard many opinions and they usually differed and seemed self serving. As you can image, that didn't help matters.

As far as the pain I was in, it use to be a great deal. Today, I'm feeling so much better because of things I noticed and because of things I stopped doing. First, I stopped sleeping on my stomach, that was a no-brainer. I also paid attention to how I sat, picked things up etc. When it came to my headaches, I amazed my doctors by figuring out I was having 4 to 5 different kinds of headaches at the same time. What this meant was, I had to medicate each differently, or sometimes not at all, so I could see exactly what was going on. The main thing about the headaches was realizing that my neck and sometimes shoulder muscles were in spasm, which kept reintroducing the headache. I went to a physical therapist and a pain management counselor to get information and instruction. Today I exercise regularly and if I don't the pain goes back to what it once was.

It might be difficult to believe but for as much pain as I was in, pain relief was not my main focus. I wasn't even as concerned about becoming paralyzed as I might have been if my other symptoms weren't so strange. I mentioned how my head would fall over. I would also have moments when my eyes would slam closed and I couldn't get them open again (at least for a few minutes). Sometimes I couldn't get my leg to work or my arm would curl up towards my body. Neurological glitches is what one doctor called them. It turns out that having a spinal cord injury plus an autoimmune disease gave birth to another autoimmune disease which may be causing problems mistakenly thought to be caused by the spinal cord injury. All of this is to say I FEEL BETTER and may very well be better (or at least, not any worse). Paying attention and getting information, as well as exercising, is what has helped me most. I know what worked for me won't work for everybody but boy, what a world this would be if that could only be the case!
Good luck and go with your gut,
Shenee

 
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