Re: Need mri help
Unusual MRI... you have herniated disks (HNP's) at three levels, but at all three the radiologist considers the herniation to be "small". The nuclear material from the disks is pressing backward into the front ("anterior") of the spinal canal ("subarachnoid space"). Using the term "subarachnoid space" implies, though, that the herniations are not yet affecting the spinal cord itself.
The neural foramina are the openings in the front/side of the spine through which the peripheral nerves pass after leaving the cord on their way to your shoulders and arms. At C3-4 (the disk level between the C3 and C4 vertebrae), he says these openings (foramina) are "patent" (clear). At C4-5, he says there is "mild" (not anything to worry about) narrowing due to bone spurs (hypertrophy) on the facet joints (sides of the spine) and uncinate process (top rim of the C5 vertebrae). Same thing at C5-6, except that on the left side it's one degree worse ("moderate").
All in all, not a terribly distressing MRI as it stands now. I have to wonder, though, how long those herniations will stay "small". Since the tough outer shell of the disks has broken open, what's to stop the rest of the nuclear material from spilling out? Can I assume that your "chronic postural abnormality" is cervical kyphosis, that is your neck bends forward rather than backward? If so, that would create chronic pressure on the disks and could lead to herniations. Something to ask the doc...
What symptoms caused you to get this MRI?
Last edited by WebDozer; 12-03-2012 at 06:44 PM.