I have been in tremendous pain since Thanksgiving. Just woke up and felt like someone had stabbed me right in between my shoulder and spine on the left side. The pain is like nothing I have ever dealt with before. Finally saw a Dr. after 4 days and got some pain meds (which are barely making a difference, but got an upgrade today so we will see how this one does). Anyways......had the MRI and now have to wait another week for another Dr. to tell me what it means and how to treat, but I am hoping someone here might be able to help me get an idea of what to expect.
This is the MRI report:
C1 & C2: Normal
C3-4: subannular tear posterocentrally. Neural exit foramina are patent bilaterally. No herniation
C4-5: subannular tear posterocentrally. Mild, broad based central disk protrusion is present without compression. Neural exit foramina are patent bilaterally.
C5-6: mild left-sided central disk protrusion causing mild effacement of the left paracentral anterior epidural space. No evidence of compromise of the exiting nerve roots.
C6-7: moderate sized left paracentral disk protrusion causing effacement of the anterior epidural space. Evidence of cord abutment with mild degree of flattening/indentation of the left paracentral ventral aspect of the cervical spinal cord is identified. Neural exit foramina are patent bilaterally. Mild degree of extruded disk component is also suggested migrating inferiorly along the posterior margin of the C7 vertebral body.
Any assistance anyone can give in translating this into something I can understand would be greatly appreciated.
Happy Holidays To All and Thank You,