but my MRI doesn't mention it at all.
i recently started going to my doctor for pain in my neck and between my shoulder blades, also a deep aching in my arms, and also numbness in my fingers that's been constant for almost 3 months.
he first ordered an X-ray of my cervical spine, and i was told it was normal.
he then ordered an MRI of my cervical spine, which showed mild diffuse disc bulging in C4-C8, and moderate neural foraminal narrowing at all levels, the worst at C7-8.
the report also mentioned degenerative disc disease.
i had my follow-up appt w/ him today. he said i have arthritis in my spine, which showed to be moderate in nature, and also mentioned the narrowing.
is everything on my MRI report considered arthrits without directly mentioning the word? i've seen the report and it does not mention arthritis anywhere.
i'm really confused. can anyone help me understand this better?