View Full Version : Cervical Spine MRI for radiculopathy

06-28-2010, 02:02 PM

I am new to this board...actually to any board whatsoever; and am having some severe back and neck pain/problems. Finally broke down and had a cervical spine MRI.

At C3-C4: retrolisthesis, moderate facet arthropathy, inducing mild to moderate neural foraminal narrowing.

C4-C5: small paracentral disk protrusion indenting the right ventral aspect of spinal canal and mild associated spinal canal narrowing measuring 8.8 mm.

At C5-C6: retrolisthesis, broad-based disk bulge osteophyte complex somewhat eccentric to right measuring 3-4mm causing mild to mod. right lateral recess narrowing which could compromise right c5 nerve root in its lateral recess. Mild to moderate right neural foraminal narrowing from intraforaminal disk component. Disc abnormality contacts and slightly indents ventral spinal cord, inducing mild spinal canal stenosis measuring 8mm.

At C6-C7: Mild broad-based posterior disk buldge contacting but not indenting ventral aspect of spinal cord, inducing mild spinal canal narrowing measuring 9mm.

Has anyone had anything similar to these problems and if so, what did you do? Thank you so much for any and all help ahead of time!

Take care,

06-28-2010, 05:29 PM
The first two times I had ACDF's done. I am now waiting on my 3rd one scheduled this week however it will be a bit more complex in nature as my second one failed and I continue to herniated up the c-spine.

I can say, without a doubt, for me that is, my first surgery eliminated my pain completely.

What has your surgeon suggested?

06-28-2010, 07:12 PM
If you are having neck pain that radiates over the right shoulder, into the bicep, forearm, and involving your thumb and index finger -- it would seem this MRI is showing the cause of your problems.

The right sided disc herniation at C5-6 could cause the "pinched" nerve here, causing those symptoms above.

The other levels seem to have some degenerative changes, but nothing too bad.

Of course, only your doctor looking at the actual pictures can determine what is going on.

06-28-2010, 08:24 PM
HI! Thanks a lot for your reply! I haven't seen a neurosurgeon yet....waiting for him to "review my records".