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MRI results advice on Cervical Spine

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am really glad to have found this site and take great comfort in knowing I am not the only one suffering with this affliction.

I have been suffering with neck pain for over 20 years now but 10 weeks ago I had my worst bout ever. I decided to go and get to the bottom of it this time. After mis-diagnosis from GP's as shoulder musculoskelatel and wrong x-rays of the shoulder, I eventually got an appointment with a back specialist at hospital in London.

The specialist suspected Radiculpathy left C5/C6, Pins and needles down most aspect of left arm, myotomes weak left C4-C6, Pain inhibition, reflexes diminished BJ and Brachiorad left question to be answered. I was immediately referred for an MRI of the Cervical Spine.

These are the MRI results:

There is movement artifact on several of the sequences. Alignment maintained but there is loss of the cervical lordosis.

There is a partial fusion of the posterior aspect of the bodies of C7 and T1. Degenerative disk disease is seen above this level.

At C5/C6 there is a broad disk osteophyte bar more prominent on the right but with narrowing of both exit formina again more prominent on the right. Canal dimensions are adequate.

At C6/C7 there is again a broad disk osteophyte bar with narrowing of both exit formina but adequate canal dimensions.

I have been undergoing Physiotherapy traction treatment twice a week now for 3 weeks with no change and I have had the symptoms of shooting pain in my left arm to my thumb which has now lost sensation for 10 weeks.
I am awaiting for my appointment now with the NS whilst continuing Physio can anyone please advise if this looks like surgery? and if so what type of surgery.

I have been taking Ibuprofen, Co Co-codomol, Diazepam, Tramodol, Paracetomol and omereznapol to date.
I have been suffering great fatigue and ongoing headaches throughout.

Thank you in advance for any advice or help.



  • You've come to a wonderful site for support and sharing. Unfortunately we are not able to provide interpretation of MRI reports. Only your doctor can advise you on that.

    I was misdiagnosed for several years as well before an MRI was done of my neck. The usual course is a trial of physical therapy before surgery is suggested as a possible option. I had a fusion done and after a couple months of recovery, I forget at times I had it done.

    Best wishes to you,

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