Re: Myelogram Report
What he's saying about C6-7 seems contradictory. No canal stenosis (narrowing), but flattening of the cord? That makes no sense, and it's certainly something I'd ask the doc about. You also have flattening at C4-5, but at that level the radiologist at least does not say anything about a contradictory lack of stenosis.
Calling the flattening "mild" likely means that the radiologist does not think this is currently cause for concern. However, if the flattening were causing symptoms, they could be anywhere downstream - legs, and arms - but should be limited to the left side.
The worst problem seems to be at C4-5, where you have severe or moderate-to-severe foraminal stenosis. The radiologist does not specify the exact cause of this narrowing, but does list three possible osteoarthritic areas. Severe foraminal stenosis means a likelihood that the peripheral nerves (at this level, the C5's) are being impacted, which could mean symptoms attributed to radiculopathy. The symptoms could be neck pain, or a variety of affects in the shoulder and arm - tingling, deadness, weakness, pain - but not reaching down into the thumb and fingers.
What are your symptoms?
Another thing to take up with the doc is the possibility that your spinal canal is too narrow to start out with. It seems odd that supposedly "small" protrusions would go so far as to flatten the cord.
Last edited by WebDozer; 12-01-2012 at 03:49 PM.