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Old 09-07-2014, 10:32 AM   #1
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MRI Results, what do they mean?

I've been living with back pain for the last 3 years. After being a very active person all my life, this pain is altering everything I do. I've had injections for the cervical portion of my back that don't last very long and PT 4 times. I'm looking for other options. My MRI results are as follows, if someone could help me out. I need to decide on which kind of doctor to see next.

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1. DISC BULGING, CENTRAL CANAL NARROWING C3-4, C4-5 LEVELS.

2. DISC BULGING C5-6 WITH SMALL SUPERIMPOSED BROAD BASED LEFT LATERAL DISC PROTRUSION. THERE IS CENTRAL CANAL NARROWING AND BILATERAL NEURAL CANAL NARROWING AT THIS LEVEL.

3. THE LEFT PARACENTRAL, LEFT LATERAL BROAD BASED DISC PROTRUSION AT C6-7 WITH CENTRAL CANAL NARROWING AND LEFT NEURAL CANAL NARROWING.

4. LEFT NEURAL CANAL NARROWING AT C7-T1 SECONDARY TO UNCINATE AND FACET HYPERTROPHY.

 
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:32 AM   #2
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Re: MRI Results, what do they mean?

Hi emc, Welcome to Healthboards! I am sorry that you are having pain! I can relate im a back patient too & hurt everyday. The radiologist doesnt note on your MRI the severity of central canal narrowing or facet hypertrophy so if i were you i would want to have my MRI seen by a spine specialist neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon who has completed a fellowship in spines. They have the most education, training & experience in spine disorders whether conservative treatment or surgery. I hope that the pain generator or cause of the pain can be found & fixed or treated so that you feel better soon!

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Old 09-07-2014, 11:43 PM   #3
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Re: MRI Results, what do they mean?

Yeah, that MRI report is pretty crappy. There is no indication of the degree of central canal or foraminal stenosis. No AP measurements of the canal, and no indication of verified impingement or not. As gmac suggests, seeing a fellowship trained spine specialist (or 2) is a good next step. They should be able to interpret your MRI findings and recommend next steps. Given that PT and injections haven't provided lasting relief over the course of years my guess is that surgery may be the next step. If that is suggested, I'd suggest getting multiple opinions because different surgeons will look at things differently and may also be versed in different surgical techniques as well. You want to make sure you can get the most effective, least invasive surgery that will address your problems.

Good luck and let us know how you get on.

 
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