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    Old 10-21-2014, 12:02 PM   #1
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    Someone who can read my MRI??

    I had an MRI last week, and haven't received the results yet. I have called and no one will answer at the doctor. Does anyone have the knowledge to read an MRI?

    Here is some background: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 4 years ago. I am now trying to get a second opinion. I am a 23 year old female that has suffered from chronic back/neck/shoulder pain for 5 years. It can be completely debilitating at times. No medication helps and doctors pretty much tell me to deal with it. One year ago I started to have numbness and pain in my hands and fingers. Mostly the right side, and the little and ring fingers of that hand. My EMG on my arm came back normal.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Someone who can read my MRI??

    Welcome to the board. Sorry you are having issues.

    Did they do an NCS (nerve conduction study, with the shocks not the needles) in addition to EMG? If so what were the results? The little and ring fingers get sensory impulses through the ulnar nerve which is fairly easy to compress. Are the symptoms there worse at night or if you are leaning on your elbow? Ulnar neuropathy would show up on NCS. The C8 nerve root in your cervical spine being pinched could also account for the symptoms in your fingers and hands but your shoulders/neck issues, if caused by nerve compression, would likely be caused by a higher up root. There are also myriad other causes for the shoulder/neck symptoms including musculoskeletal issues, osteoarthritis, etc.

    I will say that without a pretty good set of both the sagittal and axial images it would be hard to tell the degree of compression of either your spinal cord or nerve roots if there is any. In fact, even with all the images, the difference between things likely to causes symptoms and not can be subtle. You can get a pretty good idea of if there is anything wrong or not by "reading" the MRI yourself. If you look up how to read an MRI of the cervical spine you should get where you want to be. At your age, I would think that pretty much any narrowing of the nerve or spinal canals would be abnormal.

    Reading the MRI yourself, or any reading from this site, obviously shouldn't be a substitute for follow-up with your ordering physician. If they are unresponsive a follow-up with a spine specialist (maybe a spine fellowship trained, orthopedic surgeon would be good - bring your MRI) is also a possibility.

    Good luck!

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