I am new and this is my first post. However, I have spent months reading so many of your posts on neck pain and cervical MRI's. Thank you for all of your information.
I am very confused about my last two MRI's. They were completed at the same facility and reported by the same Radiologist. However they seem to have contradictions.
In a quick summary, I was in a painful horse back riding accident that resulted in a shattered wrist and severe whiplash (due to landing on my head after being catapulted through the air) that had my neck and head stuck over to my right shoulder for 2-3 months followed by significant pain since the accident in 2004.
The reports read as this:
2005 report-C2-C3 The disc is desiccated. There is no significant loss of height. Minimal left unvocertebral and facet degenerative arthrosis present. No foraminal or spinal stenosis.
2009 report C2-C3 The disc is developing a little bit of desiccation but is otherwise normal. No foraminal or spinal stenosis. (How could it be developing if it was on the last report three years ago?)
2005-C3-C4 There is desiccation of the disc, without significant loss of height. The foraminal and central spinal canal are widely patent.
2009-C3-C4 Normal (could this just heal on its own? What happened to the desiccation of the disc?)
2009-C5-C6 Disc height and hydration remain relatively normal. There is mild anterior osseous ridging which has increased slightly over the interim. No posterior bulges or protrusions. No foraminal or spinal stenosis.
2005-C6-C7 Small, broad based posterior disc/osteophyte complex. Left slightly greater than right uncovertebral and facet degenerative arthrosis. A mild degree of left foraminal stenosis is likely. Central spinal canal and right neural foramen are within normal limits.
2009-C6-C7 Disc has mild desiccation and mild loss of height. There is mild endplate marrow edema, mainly involving the posterior corners of both C6 and C7. There is a small, broad based posterior disc osteophyte complex with left unvocertebral and facet degenerative arthrosis seen. Mild encroachment on the left neural foramen. The right neural foramen remains normal. Only minimal effacement of the anterior aspect of the thecal sac noted. No cord contact or cord deformation.
Any help you could give me in understanding this would help. My doctors say nothing is really going on in there. My pain has gotten more intense and differant over this last six months. It is now very deep and achy, like a terrible toothache. I have numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers sometimes. I can not tolerate lifting anything, due to it causing pain and headaches. If someone comes up and pats me on the back, it can and usually does give me an instant headache. Sometimes, I can not get the pain under control and I have to just go to bed. Sleeping is difficult and I have to be very careful that I do not sleep on my neck wrong, or it can take up to three days to get my pain back under control. Can anyone give me any information as to why or what is causing this due to the doctor telling me there is nothing really wrong with my neck.
Desperately seeking answers, Lisa