Re: New MRI results need help with translating to english
Radiologists generally use four adjectives to describe anomalies of one kind or another:
Minimal - I can see it, but barely
Mild - Clearly there, but not a problem
Moderate - Could be a problem. Look closer and/or follow up
Severe - Do something about this!
Just to look at your one "severe" rating... on left your side, your "foramen" (the opening through which the C5 nerve leaves the spinal cord and heads toward your arm) is being narrowed by something. It would be helpful to know what is causing the narrowing, whether disk, or osteoarthritis of one kind or another. Since he calls the condition "severe" (and since you got the MRI in the first place), I would guess that you have some symptoms in your left shoulder and upper arm... pain or weakness or a sort of numbness. You may specifically have a problem with your biceps or deltoid muscle.