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Help Me Understand MRI Results

Started by tet61 on 10/24/2011 11:58am

This is what the results state: shows unremarkable bone marrow signal. Generalized disc space narrowing & spondylitic changes are seen. Loss of cervical lordosis is most likely related to spasm. The visualized pre vertebral & paraspinal soft tissues are normal. The visualized posterior fossa shows no significant abnormality. There is significant cord impingement extending from C3 down to C7 secondary to combination of disc herniation & spondylitic changes. Associated intra-axial signal abnormality is seen mainly at the C4 level of the spinal cord consistent with focal area of cord edema or myelomalacia. The remainder of the examination is unremarkable. PLEASE help me understand this--

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welcome tet61,
I am an experienced nurse n I will try n help u understand ur MRI, Basically your cervical discs C3-C7 are popped out pressing on ur nerves in ur spinal cord causing u pain. at the C4 disc u have fluid build up (edema).. Hopefully by now u are being seen by a neuro surgeon. Your next step would b to meet with him for a plan of action, possible surgery ( Laminectomy).If u are experiencing extreme pain as we all do at this site, even after surgery, u should b on some sort of pain medication and an anti inflammatory.Im not a doctor,just a nurse giving u my recommendations.I also suggest trying to get this resolved w just laminectomy and not being rodded and fused. If u read the other blogs from those whom have been rodded n fused seem to have later problems more so then those that jjust had laminectomies. A laminectomy is when they go in and shave down the parts of the diecs that are protruding and pressing on spinal cord/nerves. causing pain, tingling and numbness to ur fingers n arms and sometimes headaches. Good luck to u, hope u feel better soon, RENE :)

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Rene-thank you for responding to my plea for help-I do have an appointment w/a neurosurgeon to discuss my options but not until Nov 30th-I have panic attacks/anxiety & I tend to think of the complete worst of outcomes-I agree w/you that this condition sounds painful but I have never been in any pain-some problems w/weakness in left leg & left arm/fingers but no other pain issues-I have (on my own) started taking Ibupropen 2x a day (600mg each) just because I've been reading on here that this helps the inflammation areas-Can you give me advice on what to expect regarding before & after surgery?-Because of anxiety I need to be prepared--

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hi Tet61
as far as anxiety, tell ur primary or whomever ur dealing w and they will give u something for that,valium also helps relax muscles.if ur insurance covers psychiatric visits I highly recommend seeing a psychiatrist till u get through this, most of us on this site have turned to psychiatric help both for meds and support due to permanent lifestyle changes that cause us alot of deppression, ur not alone on these feelings. anti depressents also help with spinal isssues,meds have multable usages.
As far as surgery, b4 the surgery u will b required to get medicalclearance for surgery which starts w ur primary..blood work,EKG and physical. ......................After surgery,everyones healing time is different,neuro will tell u up to a year to have full capacity ,maybe sooner, u will have limitations to movements and ur normal routines, eg: no lifting ,pulling ,STRETCHING and again ur body will let u know when uve done too much ( nlisten to it). Im 7 mos.post op and Im just starting to have less pain.Going bak to work might not b for awhile,Dont rush things. Youll have an incision site that ur just gonna keep clean n dry.stiches on inside r disolvable,each surgeon has there own method of exterior sutures,or staples which r removed 2 weeks after surgery. u will most deffinatly go home w scripts for the pain and inflamation or muscle relaxers.Im pro psychiatric help,it will help immensly. always bring ur paper reports of MRI or diagnosis note from surgeon. R u retired or do u still work?.Do u have family that lives w u? its hard for me to give u more insight because I dont know ur habbits,living conditions and personality.I will keep intouch w ur blogs to be here to help u get through this..( Thats the nurse in me coming out) haha. Its a pleasure meeting u, n nver an inconvenience to answer a question, u can also write to me on my blogs. looking forward to hearing from u again, good luck, will check in soon, I try to daily but sometimes I cant,but im around for the most part.Keep a positive attitude. :) :) :) RENE

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Rene--in explaining my MRI, you stated some swelling at the C4 level-is this common & is this more serious than normal? And, I was wandering what surgery did you have & was it done with MIS? I worry about not having pain (now) & then having this surgery and ending up with severe pain--I don't want to be paralyzed & will do what is necessary to prevent this from happening--But I surely don't want pain after surgery--I am going to WVU Neurosurgeon in Morgantown, West Virginia--Just wandering if you (through your experiences) have any knowledge of qualified docs in this area---talk to you soon---

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