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MRI Results

Started by lalston350 on 08/24/2011 7:53am

I just got the results of a Cervical Spine MRI and wanted to know what they mean:

c3-c4: Tiny central annular fissure without mass effect on spinal cord or foraminal encroachment.

c4-c5: Slight bulging disc without mass effect on spinal cord or foraminal encroachment mild arthritic change involving the right facet joint

c5-C6: Mild spondylosis with a central left paramedian disc herniation with mass effect on anterior left surface of the cord still spinal fluid posterior to the cord no signal change within the cord. This could affect the left nerve VI root

c6-c7: Mild spondylosis with broad-based bulging disc and apur thinning the subarachnoid space, small amount of spinal fluid around the cord small foraminal spurs present left greater than right could affect nerve VII roots no signal change in the cord

symptoms:
I have a lot of headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, left and right arm numbness, left hand left-side numbness, colder left foot, numbness in left leg, numbness in left foot, swollen area on left leg,and when I have to urinate, I have cannot wait or I urinate immediately.

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Hi LalstonIm an orthopedic nurse so ill try and help u understand ur MRI
1. discs 3 +4- annular fissure, fissure means slight tear.
2.discs 4+5 discs slightly bulging out of alignment ,pressing on nerves wich is causing your symptons.
discs 5+6 herniated,meaning completely out of place,those are the one causeing u the most of your issues along with discs 6+7 spurs (look like thorns on rose bush) pressing into your foramen,(foramen is like a straw n ur spinal cord runs through it. the foramin protects the cord.. Yyour biggest issue is the loss of bladder control,when u make your apt w neuro surgeon to review the mri, make sure u state the the loss of bladder control,that will speed up your apt. Good luck.RENE

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Thank you Rene, that is exactly what the neuro surgeon said. He is scheduling me for surgery. I have tried therapy for 7 weeks with no relief.

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HI Lois, just wanted to touch base w u n see hor ur feeling.Do u have apt . yet? Ask ur neuro-surgeon, whom I hope ur goin to see question him about Cervical Laminectomy Compression. Keep me informed, I wish u well,God Bless.............................RENE :) and dont forget to let them know about ur urination issue, thats the one im concerned about,They should see u immediatly if u state that. But dont worry Im sure its fine, just not a good nerve to hav pressure on. meaning bowel or bladder issues are a sign, of pressure on that area, its fixable as long as its addresed immediatly. be strong, stay well. :)

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Thank you, Rene for the information. I am having surgery tomorrow to fix the problems with my spine. I know he is removing two disks c5-7, not sure whar else is being done.

I will let you know how things turn out.

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LOIS,
gOOD LUCK, EVERYTHING WILL GO FINE,UR IN MY PRAYERS,GOD BLESS. rene :)

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I too had an MRI scan which revealed discs C4/5/6/7/8 needed attention. I was getting shooting pains like electric shocks down my arm into my right hand. I had already lost the use of my thumb and two fingers in that hand which disabled me from many daily activities. This was nerve damage which the surgeon told me would not ever re-generate. However, I had surgery last November. For a few months the shooting pains and pinsand needles stopped, but it all returned a few weeks ago and is worse than ever. I feel as though I have insects crawling along my neck and down my arm and hand, and the main disc area is again painful.
Think about surgery very carefully before you go ahead with it. I found the pain from it to be excruciating for a few days afterwards.
I would never again have surgery on my spine and I am awaiting an appointment at a Pain Clinic.

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I Lois,
was gonna ask how ur doin but ur posting said it all. Sorry to hear ur goin through this. I agree i had my surgery in march,, did great upto 2 months after surgery, now im startn to feel worse,pain controlablepain n I dont think Id opt for another surery if needed. Were just stuck in pain, n its causing a toll on our non understanding families n were tired of PAIN...:)

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I had the surgery three weeks ago, my headaches stopped immediately and have not come back. I still have some tingles down my left arm to my fingers, but the neurosurgeon hopes that will go away soon. I have another three weeks before I go back for my second visit.

This is a little worst than my lower back surgery, that one was great and I felt like I was ready to go back to work in two weeks.

But time will tell, I will keep you posted.

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Hi Lois,
Happy to hear all is goin well. U will remain in my prayers. Cant wait to hear about ur follow-up apt. Stay well. RENE :)

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I have been to see my doctor and all is going well except every few weeks my neck above the incision will swell. My doctor is not sure why. I visit again in Jan and we will see how things are going.

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