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Thoracic and Lumbar DDD, herniations, etc.

Started by jls826 on 03/11/2013 1:51pm

Hello,

I've recently had new imaging done. Unfortauntely despite a few more injections, PT, nerve meds, tons of anti-inflammatories, my back is driving me nuts. It's itchy, very tender to touch, still having the lying down iliac crest pain, pain and weakness in leg (falling, tripping, etc.) and still no consistent directions from doctors. Doctors include neurosurg, neuro, physiatrist, and pain & rehab doc.

Please see below:

There is normal alignment of the thoracic spine. Vertebral body heights and marrow signal are preserved. No abnormal cord signal is seen.

There is multilevel disc desiccation and loss of disc height from T4-5 through T8-9. No foraminal narrowing is noted at any level. Paraspinal soft tissues are unremarkable. No abnormal enhancement.

- At Tl-T2, there is a small central disc protrusion, minimally effacing the ventral subarachnoid space.

- At T2 T3, there is a small right paracentral disc protrusion partially effacing the ventral subarachnoid space.

- At T3-T4, there is a left paracentral disc protrusion, partially effacing the ventral subarachnoid space and indenting the left ventral cord.

- At T4-T5, there is a left paracentral disc retrusion partially effacing the ventral subarachnoid space.

- At T5-T6, there is a left paracentral disc protrusion partially effacing the ventral subarachnoid space and indenting the left ventral cord.

- At T6-T7, there is a large left paracentral disc extrusion, completely effacing the ventral subarachnoid space, and indenting the ventral cord.

- At T7-TB, there is a left central disc protrusion, effacing the ventral subarachnoid space and indenting the left ventral cord.

- At T8-T9, there is a disc protrusion completely effacing the ventral subarachnoid space and flattening the ventral cord.

- At T9-T10, there is a small left paracentral disc protrusion partially effacing the ventral subarachnoid space.

- At Tl0- 11, there is no significant disc bulge.

- At T11-T12, there is no significant disc bulge.

Impression;

Multilevel degenerative disc herniations, with the largest extrusion at T6-7, effacing the ventral subarachnoid space and indenting the cord. No abnormal cord signal or foraminal narrowing at any level.

Although I've had imaging done at the same facility, the language used here is different...

In medical context does effacing mean pushing against?

Does ventral cord=spinal cord?

From what I have read, the subarachnoid space is where the nerves are located.

The lumbar MRI was practically the same as before.

Thanks!

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I hope you find answers soon as I have some of the same readings from my thoracic MRI.

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