It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board

  • Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 06-26-2017, 10:14 AM   #1
    cceinc1
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Jun 2017
    Location: Battle Creek, MI USA
    Posts: 5
    cceinc1 HB User
    Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

    Considering surgery++ my MRI ++ Your Evaluation-Interpretation ++++++++++
    THANKING ALL IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME AND HELP
    ===================
    C4-C5
    1-Moderate Disc Space Narrowing With Moderate Spur Disc Complex Causing Moderate Central Stenosis And Cord Compression.
    2- Some High T2 Signal In The Cord On Either Side Just Below Disc Space Level Suggests
    Myelomalacia
    3 -Moderate Left And Moderate To Severe Right Foraminal Stenosis.
    ======================================== ===
    C5-C6
    1- Moderate Disc Space Narrowing W/ Broad-Based Spur Disc Complex Greater To Left Of Midline Causing Moderate Central Stenosis And Cord Compression Worse To Left Of Midline,
    2- At The Upper C6 Level There Is High T2 Signal On Either Side Of Midline W/In The Cord
    Probably Myelomalacia.
    3- Mild Left And Moderate Right Foraminal Stenosis
    ======================================== ====
    C6-C7
    1- Moderate Disc Space Narrowing & Broad-Based Spur Disc Complex Causing Moderate Central Stenosis W/Out Cord Compression.
    2- High T2 signal on either side of midline in the cord at C6 levels suggesting myelomalacia.
    C6-C7 - Moderate Left and Mild Right Foraminal Stenosis
    ======================================== ====
    C7-T1
    1- Mild Bilateral Foraminal Stenosis.
    2- Mild Degenerative Disc & Endplate Change
    ================================
    NEWBIE HERE - THIS REQUEST IS NOT ASKING FOR ANY DOCTOR - PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

    Last edited by cceinc1; 06-26-2017 at 10:34 AM. Reason: editing

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 06-26-2017, 04:46 PM   #2
    teteri66
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: USA
    Posts: 9,198
    teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
    Re: Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

    The findings indicate degenerative disc disease. The discs are the fibrocartilaginous cushions that separate the bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column. They serve as the spine's shock absorbing system that protects the brain, vertebrae and other structures like the nerves.

    As we age, the discs tend to lose moisture and flatten, which results in loss of disc space. Also due to normal wear and tear under the force of gravity, discs tend to show signs of degeneration and sometimes bulge or herniate. This sets in motion a series of related events that tend to occur as the body attempts to heal itself. The body lays down more calcium in an attempt to stabilize a particular segment of the spine--resulting in bone spurs and enlargement of facet joints. These changes can result in stenosis which can occur in the central canal and in the foramina, which is an opening along each vertebral level that allows a spinal nerve to exit the spine to go out to the part of the body it innervates.

    Stenosis means "narrowing." In the spine, things like a bulging disc that comes beyond the disc space, bone spurs, enlarged facet joints form and take up space that is needed by the nerves to be able to function normally. The spinal canal can become indented from these "additions" that don't really belong there. If there is sufficient pressure against the side of the canal, it can compress the spinal cord, which can result in nerve compression as well as damage to the cord itself. One of these issues is called myelomalacia....which is a softening of the spinal cord.

    Finally it is helpful to know that radiologists use specific words to indicate "how bad" a particular finding is.. they are: minimal, mild, moderate and severe. The doctor usually doesn't read the report but prefers to form his/her own conclusions after reviewing the images and then correlating them to what is found upon physical exam, basic neurological exam and after listening to a description of the patient's symptoms and the impact they have on his/her daily life.

    It is important that you meet with a spine surgeon. This can be either a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine or neuro surgeon, whose practice is limited to the neck and back. You need to determine whether your spinal issues are causing myelomalacia, and, if so, how it should be treated. This is not something that should be left to anyone but a spine specialist. It has the potential to be dangerous, causing symptoms ranging from pain to paralysis. Don't allow any doctor other than a spine specialist to tell you it is nothing to worry about!

     
    The Following User Says Thank You to teteri66 For This Useful Post:
    cceinc1 (06-30-2017)
    Old 06-27-2017, 04:43 AM   #3
    cceinc1
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Jun 2017
    Location: Battle Creek, MI USA
    Posts: 5
    cceinc1 HB User
    Re: Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

    Thanks !!!!

     
    Old 06-30-2017, 04:09 PM   #4
    cceinc1
    Newbie
    (male)
     
    Join Date: Jun 2017
    Location: Battle Creek, MI USA
    Posts: 5
    cceinc1 HB User
    Re: Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

    I HOPE SOMEONE CAN GIVE ME THEIR VALUABLE (TIME) AND INSIGHT
    >
    TWO FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS
    >
    I was diagnosed with Cervical Spondylosis with Myelopathy-Primary (CSM)
    >
    QUESTION 1 -Can you explain the possible reason(s) for the dramatic UPSURGE in the SEVERITY of my CSM "BURNING" nerve pain symptom and its location,
    >
    from being located in "mostly" just my right "pinkie" and a "little" in my left "pinkie" (along with numbness, "mostly" just in my right outer palm and "little" in my left outer palm)
    >
    that in In ONE (1) MONTH
    >
    to SPREAD in LOCATION and PAIN INTENSITY to ADDITIONALLY include
    >
    the dorsal ulnar cutaneous distribution in my BOTH my left and right hands extending through-out the entire sensory territories of the ulnar portion of the posterior aspect.
    >
    NO other part of my body was affected!
    >
    >
    QUESTION 2- Can you explain the possible reason(s) for The Effects of wearing a "Hard Collar"
    >
    From the moment I put it on and raised the chin support, each “click” of the adjustment “knob” raised my chin and “stretched” my neck upwards about one-quarter of an inch per “click.”
    >
    Each “click” stretched my neck upwards; taking more of the weight of my head off my neck. Several “clicks” in effect “mimicked” what cervical decompression surgery with ”fusion” would do by what "could only(?) be explained as allowing the nerves to decompress.
    >
    For 6 MONTHS, I could feel, a noticeable reduction of the burning nerve pain
    >
    However, in that SAME ONE (1) MONTH
    >
    I felt a dramatic REDUCTION in the collar's effectiveness to relieve the severity of my CSM symptoms
    >
    AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR EVERYONE'S HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
    Old 07-01-2017, 05:27 PM   #5
    teteri66
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    Join Date: Nov 2010
    Location: USA
    Posts: 9,198
    teteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB Userteteri66 HB User
    Re: Considering surgery- my MRI Your Evaluation-Interpretation

    When there is damage to the spinal cord, symptoms can change quickly. Symptoms may progress rapidly for a period of time and then enter a period of stability. Alternatively, the symptoms may progress slowly but steadily.

    It would seem that even though you wore a neck brace, nerve compression continued to progress.

    Are you being treated by a spine surgeon?

     
    Closed Thread




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:29 PM.





    2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!