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MRI Report---please tell me if you have similar problems:)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
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???


  • from c3 to c7 you have pressure on the spinal nerves caused by bad disks and pressure on the nerves that feed out to the side of the spinal cord. everything else not too bad......where were you operated on?

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  • hi again. it was the middle of the night and i missed reading that c567 were fused. i was fused at c6,7,t1,t2. it might be there is more pressure on c3/4. you had some issues there too but they may not have worked on it.
    BTW i asked you the other night if this neck problem was from an accident?
    hope ice helped
  • has anyone tried spinal decompression with the DRX9000?
    after 3 weeks of treatments, i've noticed some
    improvement. i know of 2 people who were treated
    several yrs ago and had very good results. I paid
    $4230 for a minimum of 25 treatments. it sounds
    expensive until you consider that an epidural costs
    over $3000 and you may need 3 of them. cortisone will reduce inflammation but
    will not change anything. back surgery is always risky
    and may cost $30K to $50K. i'd like to know if anyone
    has tried spinal decompression and what their results
  • my name is pete and i'm happy to meet you. sorry youre in pain...as for the drx9000 i have gone through that treatment back in 2000. it seemed to help for a while but after the treatment the pain came back....i dont think it was meant for my condition because i have lots of arthritis. my understanding is that it is more for disk problems. follow their instructions regarding taking it easy after the treatments end...hope it works for you...pete
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