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Trouble Understanding MRI

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,623
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I will start by saying that I'm 29 and I was in 2 bad car accidents within 15 months of each other. I recently saw my doctor about pain in my neck and shoulder and she referred me to get an MRI. I got the MRI and went back to the doctor and she seemed really surprised by the results and told me I'm too young to be having a problem like that with my neck. My question is about the results. Maybe someone can help me understand it. She never said exactly what the problem is but underlined the following segment: "At C5-6, there is asymmetrical broad based right paracentral protrusion somewhat effacing the thecal sac and causing mild or mild to moderate narrowing of the right lateral recess and p;ossibly slight narrowing of the neural foramen". This may as well be written in Greek. I know I could just wait until I see the neurosurgeon but I was hoping to find out what I'm up against. I'd like to know if surgery is likely, if I will be on meds the rest of my life, or anything else. At the least, just an explanation of what it means. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. :-C
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  • I'm so sorry you have had the 2 wrecks so close together and now have cervical issues. I am a lumbar patient, myself.

    How soon can you see the neurosurgeon?

    Welcome to Spine Health!

    Cheri
  • I am not qualified in the slightest to interpret the language - but it does seem to indicate a herniated disc that is protruding slighly into places it shouldn't - like the foramen space, which is where the nerve root comes out from the spinal canal.

    The words mild and moderate are encouraging. With mild to moderate issues, you might have some good non-surgical options to try. My results said "severe" and I think they would have been worded "oh my god" if such a statement was in the medical dictionary!

    Hope this helps.
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