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jilwork228 12-04-2011 09:29 AM

Need help reading MRI results - had vertigo for 2 years
 
Can anyone help with reading these results? I have lost faith in the gazillion docs I have seen in the past two years...been devastating to my life. Lost my job, (was in medical sales for 20 years - now cannot fly, drive long distances, etc) Was in gymnastics for 12 years, wonder if this has any bearing?! Feel too young for this - 47. Thanks in advance for any help!

"There is a loss of signal to the intervertebral discs from the C2-3 through C7-T1 levels secondary to degenerative disc disease. There is mild disc space narrowing C4-5 through c6-7 with mild anterior and posterior marginal spurring at each level. There is no fracture or subluxation. Pedicles and lateral recesses are unremarkable. Mild degenerative facet arthropathy bilaterally throughout the cervical spine. The neural foramina are unremarkable. Mild annular disc bulging with mild spinal canal narrowing c4-5, c5-6 and c6-7. Minimal posterior diffuse disc bulging c3-4. The exam is negative for spinal cord compression or nerve root impingement. Spinal cord and craniocervical junction are unremarkable.
Impression: 1. mild dissuse disc bulging c4-5 through c6-7 being minimal c3-4 and with mild spinal canal narrowing c4-5 through c6-7.
2. Degenerative changes as described."

WebDozer 12-04-2011 01:46 PM

Re: Need help reading MRI results - had vertigo for 2 years
 
I don't see anything in the MRI that would cause trouble at any level, although you would seem to have a FUTURE problem from C4 on down, as that disk bulge will likely press deeper into the canal until it is compressing the cord itself. That could be many years away, though.

The 12 years of gymnastics sure seems like a possible culprit. I wonder how many mild concussions you might have accumulated? I did a search on gymnastics+vertigo, though, and didn't see any documented connection.

Just curious... why would flying in an airplane be a problem? Granted, you are way up in the air, but you never have to actually look down....

jilwork228 12-04-2011 04:57 PM

Re: Need help reading MRI results - had vertigo for 2 years
 
[QUOTE=WebDozer;4889893]I don't see anything in the MRI that would cause trouble at any level, although you would seem to have a FUTURE problem from C4 on down, as that disk bulge will likely press deeper into the canal until it is compressing the cord itself. That could be many years away, though.

The 12 years of gymnastics sure seems like a possible culprit. I wonder how many mild concussions you might have accumulated? I did a search on gymnastics+vertigo, though, and didn't see any documented connection.

Just curious... why would flying in an airplane be a problem? Granted, you are way up in the air, but you never have to actually look down....[/QUOTE]
thank you for your post! It is the fast movement that causes the dizziness and nausea both! I have lost 60 pounds since this all started! For driving, i actually do better when I drive, albeit slower. If i am the passenger, I have to look down at the floorboard - i have actually thrown up otherwise :( I was really hoping this mri may have some answers - now i am even more depressed....have had ever other test imaginable - the vng came back borderline - (one point from abnormal), but, other then that ??? thanks again for the post.

WebDozer 12-04-2011 05:35 PM

Re: Need help reading MRI results - had vertigo for 2 years
 
As someone who's suffered from carsickness (as a passenger only), I can say that looking out the side makes things much worse for me. Staring ahead, like the driver does, is not nearly so bad. I think, though, that it's the fighting the motion of the car that makes it the worst. The driver knows what the car is going to do, so the driver doesn't get sick.

Anyway, it sure sounds like there's either an inner ear or brain problem (whoopee, huh?). But this is coming from a real know-nothing when it comes to cerebral problems. It's possible that Jennybyc or someone else has some ideas, though....


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