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    Old 08-11-2001, 01:30 PM   #1
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    mri of cervical spine,help!

    Can someone shed some light on this report I just got?I was misdiagnosed with a stroke in January.It turns out that all of my problems are from my spine and neck and I think I'm kinda in a mess from it going on so long.It's kinda long but I'd appreciate any input on what this means. Findings:at the c3-c4 disc space level,there is a mild diffuse disc bulge with a mixed left pre-foraminal and proximal foraminal disc protrusion.This causes a mild broad ventral thecal sac impression without cord impingement. There is moderate left c4 foraminal stenosis. There is borderline central stenosis. At the c4-5 disc space leve,there is a broad based central disc protrusion.This effaces the ventral thecal sac and minimally deforms the ventral spinal cord. Ther is a mild degree of central stenosis. At the c6-c7 disc space level,there is a mild diffuse disc bulge. This causes a mild ventral thecal sac impression withput cord impingement. There is a broad based central disc protrusion at the L4-5 disc space level that causes ventral thecal sac effacement and minimal ventral cord impression.There is mild central stenosis. Thanks!Pat

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    Old 08-11-2001, 08:19 PM   #2
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    Re: mri of cervical spine,help!

    I'll attempt this one.

    You can have bulging discs without causing any problems.

    Inside the thecal sac is where the spinal cord lies. Compression on the thecal sac usually doesn't cause the problem. When there is impingement of the spinal cord, you can have pain, numbness, loss of motion and occasionally bowel and/or bladder problems. Each level of the spinal cord can cause different symptoms.

    You can also have far lateral disks that can cause nerve impingement at the nerve root.

    Stenosis in any form, including mild degree, can cause the above same problems if there is nerve impingement.

    Hope this helps you decifer your report. Get well soon and keep us informed as to your progress. Debbie

    Old 08-11-2001, 09:30 PM   #3
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    Debbie. Thankyou for your neck is just numb.My arm feels like it will explode and from the trunk of my body out the bottom of my foot is numb like the feeling you get if you touch an electrio fence.My leg feels like someome is twisting it and when I walk it feels like I'm climbing a mountain.Maybe it's so much because so many discs are involved and maybe I won't need surgery and therapy will help. Was just worried because I'm going straight to a neurosurgeon but I think a good neurosurgeon would tell me if therapy is an option.Hope so!Thanks again,Pat

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    <img src=""> pat, please please listen carefully, you have a great deal of serious problems going on in your back, i have worked for an orthopedic surgeon for many many years, no physical therapy will absolutely not help you in any way, if anything it will make you worse, so, sit down, you need surgury asap. You have 3 major disc problems in your back, the last at the l level is embedded in your cord, i had the same thing in my neck, unfortunatley once that happens it means permanent neurological damage to that area, this is why all the problems with your legs, i also suggest you have them redo your mri and look for syringomyelia, which is inside the cord, long explanation, just remember the name or write it down to ask your dr about. Do not wait any longer, get yourself in and have the surguries done immediately, before you incurr any permanent neurological damage. Once you are all done and healed, you will feel 100% better, i promise you that, i know i sure did. Think about it ok. Good luck <p>[this message has been edited by moderator3 (edited 12-16-2001).]

    Old 08-12-2001, 02:58 PM   #5
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    Pat: I am sure your doc will be sending you to a neurosurgeon after reading this report. I will not create the anxiety level of Helpful One, but he/she is right in that you do have serious problems on the discs that have entered the spinal area. When the spinal cord becomes involved, this is too serious to wait for any more treatment other than surgery. Your leg and arm symptoms are a definite testimony to that fact. I, too, had many of your symptoms (and more) and had spinal cord impingement in two levels, with major bulging in one other level and minor bulging in one other level. I had 3 level fusion (C-4-7) in Nov, 2000 and am sooooo much better. There will always be some minor limitations, but mostly - if you follow directions after surgery - you will not believe the difference it will make.
    Good luck and God Bless.

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