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    Old 03-23-2014, 12:32 PM   #1
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    Desperate to interpret MRI results

    I'm 32 yr old mom with Vasculitis (prob Churg-Strauss), POTS, Sinus Tachycardia. Had MRI of brain & neck after suspected TIA. I'm confused by the results:
    -"cerebellar tonsils low lying with inferior aspect of cerebellar tonsil just approaching superior aspect of posterior arch of C1. Little associated cervicomedullary compression.
    -"mild degenerative changes evident with early uncinate process osteophyte formation at C2-3 and C3-4. "
    -"mild bilateral C4 foraminal narrowing"

    It goes on to describe that "uncinate process osteophytes, foraminal narrowing at each 'C' level through 'T-1'. Spinal cord signal intensity normal.

    I have the 'hallmark' Chiari head pain (like explosion out of back of head) when cough, sneeze, strain, etc. history neurological & nervous system symptoms.
    Any way to explain this in 'normal' language?
    Thank you!

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    Re: Desperate to interpret MRI results

    hi zoematt --- there are ever so many knowledgeable folks here who understand all those 'big words'. i'm not one of them. i've been told that radiologists generalize into 'mild, moderate and severe' -- and if they use the word MILD on you, that's rather a good thing. that doesn't help your pain any..... but it could keep you off the surgical table. i can identify totally with the back of head pain and how debilitating it is. i'm working on my 3rd year of intense therapies to try find the answer. i truly hope you are working with a great pain specialist who specializes in spines and headaches.

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