I went to the ER at the beginning of Sept because I was having tingling up and down my left arm and I thought I was having a heart attack or something. After an EKG and a CT scan of brain when I mentioned I get tension at the base of my head I was sent home with a suggestion to see a neurologist. I was sent for an MRI by neuro..
Findings: There is straightening of the cervical lordosis. Vertebral bodies are normal in
height without a fracture or subluxation. Limited evaluation posterior fossa is unremarkable.
No abnormal signal is seen in the cervical spinal cord.
The craniocervical junction is maintained.
At C2-3 there is disc desiccation, otherwise unremarkable level.
At C3-4 there is a small disc bulge. There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy and mild facet
arthrosis. There is no thecal sac compression. There is mild left foraminal stenosis.
At C4-5 there is a small disc osteophytic ridge and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes.
There is mild thecal sac compression and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
At C5-6 there is a moderate left paracentral foraminal disc osteophytic ridge, bilateral
uncovertebral osteophytes. There is severe thecal sac compression to the left of midline and
compression of the spinal cord as seen on series 6, image 18. There is severe left foraminal
stenosis with compression of the exiting nerve root. There is moderate right foraminal
stenosis with abutment of exiting nerve root.
At C6-7 left paracentral disc protrusion. There is a mild spinal cord compression to the left
of midline. There is mild endplate remodeling. There is no foraminal stenosis. Facet joints
At C7-T1 is unremarkable
Degenerative disc disease results in severe compression of the spinal cord to the left of
midline at C5-6 and mild compression to the left of midline at C6-7.
At C5-6, there is severe left foraminal stenosis with impingement of the exiting nerve root.
Mild degenerative changes are seen at other levels.
No abnormal cord signal is seen along the cervical spine
The neuro told me to consult with a surgeon, then told me like 3 times to not fall down or gt in any accidents!
I saw the surgeon this past Friday. He said he didnt think I needed to rush and hav surgery at this point and wants to see me again in 2 months and also have another MRI.
This whole thing has me terrified. I'm walking around like I am going to break. I can't stop thinking about it and worrying. I have anxiety disorder, so it is really hard for me to not obsess about this. I have been crying for days, and imagining myself ending up paralyzed