I went to my regular Neurologist and got an MRI when I first started having neck pain and arm pain about a month ago. Then I went to the Worker’s Comp insurance appointed image center for another MRI last week. I, the amateur, looked at both sets of images and saw just a little difference. The WC MRI showed my C6C7 bulge was slightly larger and pushing more toward the cord. Remember, Amateur. I have an appointment with my NS to review it next week.
Here is the odd thing to me. I got a copy of the WC MRI report and it is almost contradictory to the previous MRI and report. It seems pretty subjective and, according to it, I have no disc degeneration, osteophytes, hypertrophy, etc. The original MRI showed some of all of those nice things. AND the disc dehydration (desiccation) has disappeared. Apparently my disks have been miraculously rehydrated and my vertebra degeneration has regenerated? The disks are as black as ever on the MRI, unlike the T1, T2 vertebra which show a healthy light middle. Amazing or amusing?
And the WC MRI report calls the herniated disc “minimal”, where the original calls it “Medium sized broad based central protrusion with associated posterior osteophytes partially obliterating anterior subarachnoid space.”
Maybe this is just an example of the vague, subjective terminology used by different radiologists that is a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it is a complete contradiction or misread. I will find out next week when I talk to my NS, who, by the way, looked at my original MRI and concurred with its findings. If it is indeed good news, I’ll take it.
As far as my condition, pain is better if I stay away from certain positions and I feel pretty positive right now. Arm pain is better, but I am still loosing dexterity in my hands by the day and still feeling some tingling and pain.
Sorry for the long post
Wayne (AKA Lumpy)