Re: Can someone translate this MRI report into "english" for me?
I knew what central canal stenosis and neural foraminal stenosis are. The ones that I don't know about are the cord edema and the marrow edema. I have no idea what that is. Also about the reversal of cervical lordosis due to muscle spasm. I have no idea what that means.
Here's my condition. I was injured 10 years ago at work when a 40lb box fell on my head. it initially screwed up at least 3 discs in my neck. C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7. In May, I was involved in a car accident. I was read ended while waiting for a vehicle in front of me to turn. Below are my symptoms before the accident, and then new symptoms after the accident. There may be some things I am forgetting here. My meds mess with my memory.
Before Accident: Chronic severe neck and shoulder pain. Reduced range of movement and severe fatigue. Developed a pinched nerve in my neck causing pain in my right arm and hand and mild to moderate numbness in my right hand which comes and goes. (The mild part is constant. The moderate part comes and goes). Pain from the neck radiates throughout the body to a lesser degree. The muscle pain is also moderate to severe, depending on the day. It also leaves me with the constant urge to stretch my neck at all times. If I stretch, it causes pain, but if I don't stretch, it also causes pain. I can't win.
After Accident: Immediately after I got out of the car after the accident, I experienced numbness in my left arm and hand. Since then I have moderate to severe numbness constantly in my left hand and moderate numbness in my left arm. There's also moderate pain in my left arm and hand. I also experienced pain in my lower and middle back. I've been experiencing pain in varying degrees underneath my right shoulder blade near the middle of my back. I've also been diagnosed with G.H. instability in my right shoulder. I had an MRI Arthrogram done and am awaiting the results. The doctor thinks it may be a tear in my shoulder joint. Possibly my rotator cuff. All other injuries were aggravated and are now worse then they were before the accident.
Treatment: I've tried physical therapy before the accident without success. In fact, I've done two different stints in physical therapy to no avail. I had trigger point, facet block and epidurals done on my neck and an epidural on my lower back. The epidural on my lower back helped and has the lower back pain under control. The trigger points and epidurals have had only a minor affect. The facet blocks have managed to reduce the pain in my right arm, but not eliminate it. It's gone from severe down to moderate on some days and mild on others.