So after months of no answers and every doctor telling me there is nothing wrong with me I finally went to a neurologist who finally ordered an mri on my thoracic spine. He now wants one on my cervical and lumbar as well... I understand the easy parts of the mri but not the abbreviations or what this all means for my future... they will be doing a nerve damage test on Wednesday and pain management. As far as I know a herniated disk on the thoracic spine happens to 1 in 1 Million people in America... here are my results...
T1-2 posterior disk herniation in the midline measuring approximately 3mm in the AP diameter resulting in anterior impression upon the thecal sac with no cord compression.
T3-4 posterior disc herniation measuring approximately 1.5 in the AP diameter resulting in anterior impression upon the Thecal sac with no cord compression.
T4-5 posterior disc herniation measuring approximately 2mm in the AP diameter resulting in anterior impression upon thecal sac with no cord compression.
T5-6 posterior disk herniation in the right paramedian measuring approximately 2mm in the AP diameter resulting in anterior impression upon Thecal sac with no cord compression. There is no spinal or forminal stenosis.
T8-9 there is posterior disk herniation measuring approximately 1mm in diameter resulting in anterior impression upon Thecal sac with no cord compression.
So 5 herniated discs in an area where they are appearantly berg rare. I understand that stuff but what is midline? Right paramedian? Anterior impression on thecal sac? How many mm is a lot? What is AP diameter? Thank you for your help xoxo
The middle, measured from side to side, and running vertically.
Bordering the midline, on the right.
<<Anterior impression on thecal sac?>>
Pressing on the thecal sac from in front. The thecal sac runs vertically the length of the spinal canal, and contains the spinal fluid and, within that, the spinal cord.
<<How many mm is a lot?>>
That all depends on how much space you have to start out with. In a person who has hereditary spinal stenosis (an inherited narrow canal), 3mm is a lot. In a normal person, not as much, but still significant.
<<What is AP diameter?>>
Anterior-Posterior, or front-to-back.
Last edited by WebDozer; 12-09-2012 at 05:58 AM.
The Following User Says Thank You to WebDozer For This Useful Post: Brookietrip (12-09-2012)
Thank you so much for replying. My neurologist did not give me much in the way of information, just that I need pain management and more mri and a spine specialist. I have no idea what I am in for my doctor is no help. I refused all medication because I was scared not knowing why I was in so much pain and did not want to play guinea pig with my body let alone mess something up because no one believed I was in the pain I am in now I feel like since I have been through every other test I deserve a pain break if there is one and of course she hasn't gotten back to me uh she is so fired! I wonder if this all attributes to the dizzy spells I have? Thank you again! Xo
I know the pain is your immediate concern, but I would want to know why on Earth I have FIVE herniations in my upper thoracic. What caused them and what I can I possibly do to keep them from getting worse. Prevention is critical, because operating on these levels is difficult, to say the least.
Also, given that the top thoracic level is herniated, I would be very interested in what a cervical MRI would say...
When all of this first started on June 5,2012 I went to the ER with severe pins and needles in my left arm and tthumb pain... they immediately threw me onto ekg and then an Ct of my brain all normal... the next day I came with pins and needles still in left arm and chest pain with back pain and shoulder pain on the left. Had chest xray, Ekg and neck Ct... Ct showed severe muscle spasms in the neck. Would the Ct have shown disc herniations in the neck? Since then all is much worse including jaw pain, left foot pins and needles and drop foot... feels like I have a band around my left ankle that goes numb and my big toe hurts as bad as my left thumb
Arm symptoms likely originate from cervical problems. In particular, thumb symptoms would originate at the C5-6 level.
Look, sending you for pain management is all very well, but you need thorough MRI's of your cervical and lumbar spine, and you need them asap. Do what the neurologist is telling you to do, and don't waste time.
And never go back to the docs who said nothing's wrong....
The Following User Says Thank You to WebDozer For This Useful Post: Brookietrip (12-11-2012)
Yeah that doctor is fired! I had to go in today to get a urine test because my stomach pain moved low and I felt uti like symptoms but wouldn't know if my kidneys hurt because my back already hurts everywhere... so after waiting 2 hours they finally hand me a cup then send me back to waiting room for another hour... after they said no uti I asked what I could take for my pain and she said prilosec Otc? I was like for my back? She said "I keep telling you there is nothing wrong with your back" um yes there is! Do you even look at why you are referring patients to pain management? I just shook my head and left...