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    Old 12-07-2016, 04:26 PM   #1
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    I have diffuse disc desiccation in all my spine. I have herniated disk and bulges in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I just received my Cervical MRI Findings: C5-6 3 mm left paracentral and foraminal protrusion which indents the ventral cord and causes left-sided cord flattening and mild left-sided spinal stenosis with narrowing of the canal to 9.0 mm anterior posterior. Moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy. also C6-7 2 mm broad disc osteophyte complex without spinal stenosis. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy cause mild to moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. My symptoms pain, numbness, tingiling, weakness in left arm pain in my neck and shoulders, unbalance, thing fall from my hands. Need help understanding what is going on. Thank you for any help I will appreciate it.

     
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    Old 12-08-2016, 12:07 PM   #2
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    Re: Cervical MRI help understanding

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    I have diffuse disc desiccation in all my spine. I have herniated disk and bulges in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I just received my Cervical MRI Findings: C5-6 3 mm left paracentral and foraminal protrusion which indents the ventral cord and causes left-sided cord flattening and mild left-sided spinal stenosis with narrowing of the canal to 9.0 mm anterior posterior. Moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy. also C6-7 2 mm broad disc osteophyte complex without spinal stenosis. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy cause mild to moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. My symptoms pain, numbness, tingiling, weakness in left arm pain in my neck and shoulders, unbalance, thing fall from my hands. Need help understanding what is going on. Thank you for any help I will appreciate it.
    It looks like you have disc budget/herniated disc at the C5-6 level that is causing some pressure on the nerve root on the the left side and small amount on the Right side. You also have some DDD or arthritis that has caused the area where the nerve root goes through to narrow. You also have some DDD (Osteophyte complex) at the c6-7 level but it not severe enough to cause pressure nor is the disc buldge (yet but maybe never)at that level pressing on the nerve root yet. I find MRI results interesting because what your results are depends on what each doctor looking at the films sees as important and what they center on. It basically takes your factual MRI and makes it into subjective results because each doctor will read the film differently. A perfect example was I had a MRI about 7 years ago and the result that were written for that MRI was 2 pages long with problem from levels L1-S1. The one I had a year ago only mentioned about 25% as much as before and just talked about 2 levels. They did not even mention my DDD even though my last report said mine was very advance and severe. Believe me my DDD has not gotten better since I cannot stand up straight anymore but could with the first MRI was done. If a average primary doctor read the report he would have not even know this unless he saw the films or examed me. This is why it is important that a pain doctor should actually look at the films. If he cannot be bothered or does not appear to be able to read the MRI (especially if the doctor is doing any procedures like epidurals ) then it is time to run out the door. There are medications and a few other things that should be tried before you have any discussion on any type of surgery. Good luck and hope you have pain free days soon.

     
    Old 12-08-2016, 04:50 PM   #3
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    Hi Jam661 Thanks for you reply to my message. I'm very sorry to hear what happen to you. Is incredible that in 5 years you got so worst now I'm kind of scare. 2 year ago they did epidural in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. 8 months ago they did thoracic medial branch block. I'm in hydrocodone every 6 hours believe me without it I can't do nothing. I don't want to keep putting more epidural and I don't want to keep taking hydrocodone anymore I take about 12 different medications for neuropathy and ostheosporosis, High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetis II, depresion, etc. and now I have ulcers in my esophagus and stomach and gastritis and is because so much medication. I want to cut on some medications but and don't know which one I can't stop taking all are very important. I saw a neurosurgeon and he send me to put more epidural in my lumbar. He was the one who send me to do this Cervical MRI about 2 month ago because my problem in my left arm and shoulders (weakness, numbness, tingiling and pain. That the MRI is the one I just talk about in my message and you reply to. I'm a female and I'm only 55 yrs old. I don't see the neurosurgeon until 1 month I was worry about the results of the cervical MRI and I didn't know what it means. Thank you for you information. At least then I think is not that bad. Hope you are better too.

     
    Old 12-10-2016, 09:53 AM   #4
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    Re: Cervical MRI help understanding

    It sounds like you have issues going on throughout your spine. I gather you have a neurosurgeon you see regularly? Is it this doctor that refers you to pain management for epidural injections, etc? Has surgery ever been suggested to you?

    The diameter of the spinal cord in the cervical area is being narrowed by the degenerative process that is going on. It isn't terribly much smaller than normal, but it is probably what is causing you to drop things. The discmat C5-6 is protruding and disc material has come out of the disc space and is pressing into the spinal cord. A spine specialist would need to carefully examine the MRI and correlate what he sees to what he finds on physical exam and basic neurological exam to determine how significant this cord indentation is. Any time the spinal cord is affected, it can lead to serious issues and needs to be followed by a spine specialist.

    If your doctor just keeps referring you for epidural injections, I would suggest you seek another opinion with a different orthopedic spine or neuro surgeon.

     
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