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I am in SEVERE PAIN help understand MRI, Please!!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

Please help me understand MRI Report thanks.

C2-3 essentially normal

C3-4 There is DDD w/spurring and a bulge eccentric to the right. These changes are causing at least mild flattening of the thecal sac and mild-moderate narrowing of the right neuroforamen.

C4-5 There is moderate DDD w/ a minimal bulge and uncovertebral spurring. There is at most slight flattening of the thecal sac and neuroformina.

C5-6 There is fairly prominent loss of disc height and disc signal. There is extensive right-sided uncovertebral spurring w/ possibly associated disc material.However, I mainly believe this is a spur. This abuts and flattens the right ventral surface of the spinal cord and is causing mainly severe right neuroforminal narrowing although there is fairly prominent central canal stenosis as well. The left neuroforman is atleast moderatly narrowed.

C6-7 There is fairly prominent DDD w/ uncovertebral spurring and a disc bulge, more prominent on the right compared to the left. The CSF space is nearly completely effaced but no spinal deformity. Moderate central canal and bilateral neuroforminal narrowing.

C7-T1 There is a minimal bulge and hyperthrophy w/o significate mass effect.

No acute bony changes present there are a few scattered hemangiomas.

Lumbar spine

L5-S1 Normal

L4-L5 Normal

L3-L4 Normal

L2-L3 Normal

L1-L2 There is a small focal central disc herniation superimposed upon a mild to moderate circumferential bulge. There is also mild to moderate narrowing of the disc space. These changes, plus minimal facet hyperthrophy, are at most causing slight flattening of the ventral surface of the thecal sac. Also some small osteophytes.

Thoracic Spine


1. T 7-8 Tiny central disc herniation which abuts w/o distorting or displacing the spinal cord

2. There are a few scattered hemangiomas

3. No acute bony abnormalities are identified


Please help had ACDF on C5-6 C6-7 surgery on Dec. 16th 2008 still in alot of pain. I actually feel worse now the before my surgery. This is MRI was done before my surgery. Loss insurance coverage since don't know what to do. Taking no pain meds and the pain is killing me both physically and mentally. Any Suggestions and what does this MRI report findings really mean???


  • this report means nothing now because it was taken before last surgery. you need more tests. do you have any way of seeing dr. for meds and getting tests. there are ways of getting financial help. what state do you live in
    we want to help you!!!
  • Sorry you are in so much pain, and that you lost your insurance. I'm not sure, but I would think your surgeon would be willing to help you and not even charge as it would be part of the follow up to your surgery? Maybe not, but it doesn't hurt to call his/her office and ask. Many surgeons will help with pain meds for a while.

    We spineys care. Please keep us posted.
  • I applied for medicaid and got turned down I live in Indiana I also applied for Healthy Indiana Plan an alternative low to no income insurance plan offered by the state and got turned down for it as well. Which makes no sense to me my husband is on Social Security Disability and I lost my job due to job cuts on 02/25/09 and haven't gain employment yet still recieving unemployment. They say I have to be either pregnant or been without insurance for atleast 6 months. This pain is horrible I can't believe after almost collecting $50,000 from old insurance provider and myself my spine specialist will no longer see me w/o insurance or a upfront payment of atleast $350 just for a doctors visit not including any meds or tests that may be needed.

    I did however go to a state owned hospital a few weeks ago and they done xrays and they said it looks as if I haven't fused yet and gave me 12 pain pills not much help though. Just fraustrated by the pain:(
  • how about going to walk in clinic at the hospital you had surgery in order to ask for meds. they can't turn you down.
    most hospitals offer discounts if your income is low.
    i willshortly send advice on killing neck pain with ice
  • When really bad: go slow and rest. lay on back with rolled up towel under neck. don't use your arms strenuously
    when pain is really bad put ice on the skin in between your thumb and index finger. take deep breaths.
    put ice on temple and also the little bone that sticks out of your head behind ear. :)
    there is also a spot in the middle of your eyebrow that indents just a little into skull that helps when ice is held to it.
    lay off of sugar in your food

    keep us posted pete

  • was this caused by accident
  • Hi,

    In the counties in my state that there are clinics available that treat patients with no insurance on a sliding scale fee, etc. Have you checked with your local town as well? We can get assistance from our towns here. Just a thought.

    Pain is so exhausting. I hope you can find relief soon.

  • Rebecca,
    Just a thought and you may want to check into it. In the economic stimulus package is some type of assistant to help people laid off pay for insurance. I ran across it by accident. I think the program would be going through your local government offices. With the help maybe you could get back regular insurance. I know it only goes to laid-off workers as of 08-08. So your in that category. If the pain would get to bad you can always use the hospital, they can't turn you down just cause you don't have insurance. Also if your hubby is on ssdi you may qualify for the state insurance pool insurance. Your state should have the insurance. I carry it as deemed uninsurable. The deductibles are rather high on it as well. I do hope you get some relief soon.
  • Social Security Disability and Unemployment are both government benefits.

    Applying for both benefits is a slippery slope, and one you ought to be real careful when applying for both; and that's because when you apply for your weekly unemployment benefits, you basically are saying you are ready, willing and "ABLE" to work... With Disability, you are saying you CANNOT work. See the dilemma? So, by applying for both there is a possibility of opening a can of worms known as fraud. Be very very careful.

    I may be mistaken (hey - it happens some times!), but I thought MEDICAID was the insurance that disabled individuals receive...? Someone? Anyone? Is this incorrect?

    Your husband being on disability, or medicaid is his own issue. You would have to be approved based on the merits of your own issues.

    Either way, that sucks that you are in that category I have always worried about - the ones who fall in the cracks of the system...

    Good luck to you Rebecca.


  • Hi, If I was in your situation i would get on some anti inflammatories and take them every day several times a day. That will do some good. Get a frozen bag of peas and use ice and alternate with heat. 15 minutes for each several times a day. If you can reduce the inflammation things may improve. If you have a pool or know someone who does go in the pool and get the water up to your chin and just walk around. Any fluid in your spine will float in the water and take the pain away so you can move the inflammed area therefor reducing the pain. I lay elevated with a cervical pillow to reduce my chances for a stiff neck in the morning. soaking in a hot bath up to your neck is ok too, but ya need to move the neck to the left and right to keep the muscles strong and less stiff. My surgeons say doing nothing is the worst thing I can do. Resting it for a few straight days would be ok but then ya gotta exercise that area too. I have been there and done everything to feel better. The anti inflams work well and the exercise too, I rest off and on during the day still but the pain is 70 percent better. Do what you can to feel better and leave the rest alone. That's how i operate. Good Luck
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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