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MRI Question

nmacnnmac Posts: 112
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I just had my third MRI of my Cervical spine. I had surgery last June and continue to have pain. Now I have more degeneration, Moderate stenosis and more osteophytes, OH great! This is my question:
"At C4-5 there is a linear bright light posterior to anterior. I believe this to be an artifact." What does this statement mean? Thanks for always being here. I really value everyones help to enlighten me.
Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.


  • Hi Nancy,

    Well I certainly can't tell upi what that means on the mri as i have never seen it worded like that. I notice and think i remember talking to you about the forraminotomy procedure last year. Brain sieve here so don't remember the complications associated with your procedure. But you have to keep in mind that a foraminotomy will not always solve the issues. Sometimes fusion still has to be done if it doesn't take care of everything. I guess my question is did you get any relief from that procedure? Is the level they are talking about level that was involved in that procedure? I assuming the entry for the procedure was posterior and sometimes they just can't get to everything from that positioning. However depending on the reason for surgery sometimes it is the best alternative. When do you go back to the doctor who ordered the mri? I sure hope they have answers for you. Keep us posted.
  • My PCP wanted me to go back to a Neurosurgeon, I wanted to go to a Ortho but since I am having radiating pain/tingling in my left shoulder/arm/little fingers she feels I need to go to Neuro. My new Neuro is not a surgeon. He ordered an MRI and said that I have alot of arthritis in my c-spine. The MRI has comparisons and shows increase of OPLL and osteophytes and stenosis. He doesn't seem to be concerned about the ossification in my ligament because it is only mildly pressing on my spinal cord. He gave me 2 choices. 1. Go back to the NS and have him help me. Or have a EMG to see if he can pinpoint where the pain is coming from. I am having a EMG on the 17th. I am trying to be as positive as I can. I have pain and tingling daily. I go very little relief from the foraminotomy and now I am back to the same as before. I take pain meds to be able sleep nightly. I should be taking them earlier in the day but I must work so I let the pain get a head of me.
    If anyone knows what a linear bright....means I am interested. I googled it but I didn't really get much.
    Severe DDD. Klippel Feil Deformity. Cervical Foraminatomy that turned into Lamy. I have tried so many treatments, therapy's and medications.
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