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mri results

steveb43ssteveb43 Posts: 26
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
got results of mri back 2day need some help understanding them
1. large disc spur complex at c5-c6 encrocaching on the subarachnoid spaces, the cord and exiting roots associated with severe narrowing of the left neuaral foramen with existing root encroachment
2. at c5 c6 there is a broad based disc spur complex encroaching on the anterior aspect of the dural sac there is severe narrowing of lest neuaral foramen secondary to degenerative changes in the unconvertable joints.
3. at c6 c7 small disc spur associated with a small central soft disc protrusion enccroaching on the anterior aspect of the dural sac with borgerline encroachnment of the anterior aspect of the cor.
sorry bout the spelling big hand little key board. any hepl would be great


  • welcome to spine health. we are all people in pain who have back problems. are you in pain? if yes for how long. is this your first mri. i take it you have not gone over the test with your dr. what kind of dr is he. nobody here is skilled or trained in reading mris. also a physical exam plus examnation of the scan is necessary to get an accurate diagnosis. i do see that there is pressure on the spinal nerves of your neck. i hope you are seeing a spinal surgeon. anyway tell us what the dr says and share info with us. i'm sure there are many here with your condition.....good luck....pete
  • Hi Steve,

    I think before an MRI can be interpreted, the practitioner should know the symptoms, too. Are you having arm pain? I cannot interpret your MRI on SH but in my personal opinion, I hope you are seeing a spine specialist, whether ortho spine surgeon or neurosurgeon, especially if you have arm or hand pain.
  • sorry should have been more specific, pain in left shoulder and burning and tingling in left arm from shoulder to fingers. my pcp is a idiot. my nuro orderd the mri and then made a appt for a month later to discuss it. not waiting that long going that long i see a nurosurgeon on sept 1st. pain has been going on for about 6 months now. had a c5-c6 disc replacement in 2007 helped but now all the same symtoms are back
  • so very sorry about the pain. i can feel your frustration. you say disc was replaced. was it done with artificial disc?
  • You are doing the right thing by seeing the surgeon. Are you going back to the same surgeon that did your last surgery? When I was "shopping" for opinions and surgeons I made several appoinments, and wound up going to quite a few, the ones I didn't need I canceled. Just a suggestion so that inbetween appoinments you don't have to wait such a long time.

  • pete. it was done with a artificial disc secure c by globus medical
  • looks like he'll have to go in again and clean up those spurs. if he can clean you all up and give you fusion it will prevent further arthritic change. this looks like a case where the artificial disc gave you movement after the last procedure but that movement you had brought on more spurs. when you see him ask if surgery will end problems in this area of your spine. i sure hope one more procedure will be the last one necessary...
  • thanks Pete, hopefully thats all that will need to be done. wife tells me im getting to cranky, if i dont stop shes gunna do the stuff herself..lol
  • I have this mental pic of your wife saying, "Hold still honey, this will just pinch a little." ROFL
  • Hi Everyone

    I just had an MRI repeated because the radiologist agreeded that they missed something important. I've been going to an orthopedist who specializes and shoulders and knees because I also had a rotar cuff tear. But I think it's time for a specialist.

    Can anyone recommend a spine surgeon in the metro-NYC area? OR a hospital?

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