what is broad based disc spur complex at C5-C6 level causing minimal mass effect on the spinal cord and bilateral neural forminal narrowing and minimal broad based disc/spur complex at C6-C7 level causing minimal effacement of the ventral thecal sac mean? My doc office gave me the written report and no one has explained it to me nor told me what to do next. thx
What were some of your symptoms that warrented you getting what I believe is an Cervical Spine MRI and what kind of doctor ordered the test?
My first thought would be to call and leave a message for the doctor to return your call to explain the findings and what he/she suggests would be your next treatment step.
I would think that the next step would be to consult a neurosurgeon. By discussing your symptoms and the neurosurgeon seeing your MRI, he/she should be able to tell you what treatment options are available.
I hope you get some answers soon.
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Thank you for your reply. I have been having neck pain, xrays that show degenerative disks that progressed from mild to severe in 3 years, numbness, aches and tingling in arms and face, burning pain in the back of head down to my neck, those types of things. My regular primary care doc is who ordered it and I have left many messages. I don't want it to get worse so I am going to try to get a referral to a neurosurgeon. Thanks again!
My family doc says no neurosurgeon referral. They tell me that I have to do PT again. I already had 6 weeks of this a year ago and it worked for a short time before symptoms showed again plus the addition of intermittent facial numbness. Should I be concerned about not seeing a specialist or just do the PT again even though I have continued to do the exercises for the last year.
Respectful tell your doctor that you did the PT route and while it helped, your symptoms have now returned along with new ones and that while you respect his opinion, you must insist on a neurosurgeon referral. Remind him that it is not normal to have face numbness and that you will restart physical therapy once you have obtained a second opinion from a neurosurgeon.
If your doctor still refuses to give the referral, than call your insurance company and request the referral yourself.