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    Old 09-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #1
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    Help with cervical MRI results

    I received the results from my cervical mri yesterday. I'm currently seeing a chiropractor, but am wondering if I should be seeing a ortho physican. I haven't seen any improvement yet, if anything the pain seems worse.
    Here are the mri results.

    At C4-5 level, there is a large right paramedian disc protrusion and endplate changes are identified, with anterior dural sac compression and moderate to severe, bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.

    At C5-6 level, broad based disc bulge and right posterior disc protrusion is renoted, with anterior dural sac compression, moderate to severe right side and moderate left side neural foraminal stenosis.

    At C6-7 level, again there is broad based disc bulge and endplate hypertrophic changes are identified, with anterior dural sac compression and mild to moderate bilateral neural formaminal stenosis.

    At C7-T1, bilaterally neural foramen is adequately patent, and there is no significant central canal stenosis.

    Impression:
    1. Multilevel disc degeneration, disc contour abnormality and related osseous changes are identified, relatively severe at C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7 levels, with dural sac compression and neural forminal stenosis as described.
    2. Paraspinal soft tissues are normal in signal intensity. The spinal cord is unremarkable.

    I was really trying to take in all the information he was giving me, but really all he said that stuck with me is that I really had alot to complain about. Could someone help explain the results to me, and suggest if I should stay with the Chiro for a while or consult with a different dr. Thanks in advance.

     
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    Old 09-20-2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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    Re: Help with cervical MRI results

    I would consult with a neurologist /neurosurgern, while your MRI sounds less severe than many of us, I wouldn't want the chiro to be doing more harm than good. Good luck.

     
    Old 09-20-2008, 06:00 PM   #3
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    Re: Help with cervical MRI results

    Thanks for the reply. I've been in quite a bit of pain, especially in the muscles that run down both sides of my neck to my shoulders. I'm going to start checking out the neurologists in my area, and make an appointment soon. Thanks

     
    Old 09-21-2008, 07:05 AM   #4
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    Re: Help with cervical MRI results

    i too would very highly suggest that until you know for certain just what you are dealing with here(from an actual neurosurgeon or at least a spinal specialist),to stay the heck away from any chiro adjustments. the c spine just is so heavily innervated,much more so than in any other area of our spine, it also has the vascular structures running thru it that are a bit closer to areas that would be adjusted vs the lower spine where everything is not so compressed into a smaller are like the neck. its one of those better safe than sorry things. getting a wrong adjustment that can cause you more problems would just be much more devistating at the c spine level,ya know? but i would seek out a good experienced neurosurgeon,espescially over any ortho surgeon at this point. you DO have compression of the dura right now,the sac that surrounds the spinal cord. please keep us posted. Marcia
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