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Hi All -

Thank you for letting me join BPA - Back Painers Anonymous

My name is Ron and I have back pain - {all applaud and say} "Hi! Ron."

Seriously though, I have had back pain for many, many years and although I've had a bunch of MRI's they've never really shown anything 'remarkable' until this last Wednesday when I had my first MRI in two years and supplemental images taken with contrast.

The MRI report finally shows a bunch of stuff but I am unable (too stupid?) to understand the MD Jargon. I see the words "Protrusion", "Desiccation" and "Prominence" and these are all words that have not shown up on any previous MRI report.

Can anyone help me to decipher this? I will not be able to see my Neurologist until the 12th and I'm really curious what some of this stuff means.

For the past 18 mos I have been living on Vicodin ES and hating life. I finally broke down and bought a Niagra adjustable bed so I can sleep with my wife instead of in a recliner chair as I have been for about three years.

Any help understanding what this stuff means would be greatly appreciated.

Below please find the text from the MRI report. I look forward to anyone's opinion that has had any of these problems and understands what any of this means.

Thanks in advance!


+ The Doctor's Report +


MR evaluation of the thoracic spine with post contrast images demonstartes discogenic degenerative change with disc height loss and desiccation at the T8-9, T9-10 and T10-11 levels. On axial evaluation at these levels, there is a 1-2 mm broad-based disc at T8-9 without significant canal stenosis. At the T9-10 level, there is a 2 mm central disc protrusion with ventral impression upon the thecal sac. No significant canal or foriminal stenosis is noted.

At the T10-11 level there is a 2 mm left paracentral disc protrusion with ventral impress upon the thecal sac. The foramina and the central canal appear widely patent. There is mild facet degenerative change at these levels.

Evaluation of the included cervical spine demonstates disc disease at the C4-5 level and C6-7 level with 1-2 mm disc prominence respectively. There is also congenital fusion of the C5-6 vertebral bodies.

No evidence of acute fracture or dislocation is noted. Mild endplate changes are again visualized, worse at the inferior endplate of T10.

The overlying subcutaneous fat and musculature adjacent to the cutaneous marker are otherwise unremarkable.

The central cord signal is within normal limits.


1. Discogenic degenerative change with disc height narrowing, disc desiccation and endplate changes at T8-9, T9-10 and T10-11. There is 2 mm disc protrusion at T9-10 and left paracentrally at T10-11, resulting in ventral impress upon the thecal sac without significant foraminal stenosis.

2. Discogenic degenerative changes in the cervical spine as well, with 2 mm disc prominence at C4-5 and C6-7 levels. These are (Dictation Anomaly) limits of evaluation on the current study. Additional note is made of congenital fusion of C5 and C6.

3. There is 1-2 mm central disc protrusion at T8-9.