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help understanding MRI report

jude8111jjude8111 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi recently had a C5/6 discectomy with fusion... no probs... however 6 months down the line pain again and another MRI, which I have received a report from and really I dont know what is wrong with me now anyone understand the following who can tell me in Plain English what is wrong....

"There is some enhancement at the C5/7 disk minor bulging of the disk material posteriorly causing indention of thecal SAC, there is still reasonable CSF space at this level with no cord compression At the C4/5 level ther is some minor dural thickening and enhancement posterior to the vertebral bodies and overlying the minor disk bulging Appearances inkeeping with focal meningeal inflammation at this level, No extra dural collection identified More laterally on either side there is some anterior dural enhancement noted throughout the cervical region which is taken to be physiological There is some dural enhancement within the exit foramina containing C4/5/6 and C7 nerve roots bilaterally, but i suspect this is physiological, normal bony aligment no other disk protusion identified cord signal is normal throughout Nil else of note

What the heck is wrong with me ????


  • Hi Jude,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many whom have had cervical fusion surgery. Some with good results and some still in pain. As far as your Mri results there is no one here who is qualified to interpret your MRi findings. When do you go back to the doctor who ordered this MRI. I hope the doctor you are seeing that ordered this mri is reading his/her own films? The only thing that may be confusing here is that c5/7 with minor disc bulge, I am not sure if you meant to list that as c6-c8, sense you are fused at the c5-c6 already. Also the question is what have the doctors said about your actual fusion itself and how well it has healed?

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health and if i can be of any assistance don't hesitate to pm me. Take care.
  • Welcome to spine-health. I am curious to hear what your doctor says. Tamtam is correct that none of us can "read" your report. I am a little confused because usually you wouldn't get the report until you see your doctor. I know that's how it has always worked for me.

    Good luck and let us know what happens.
  • Well Jude I am right there with you I have been spending this evening researching on this great site the medical terms in my MRI report so that when I see the Surgeon next week I will at least know what is going on. It is confusing.

    I have had multiple spine surgeries and fusions, I will not bore you with details other than it resulted from a one horse roll over down a mountain the horse won. So after two neck surgeries I may now need more with alot of complications and the medical terms are all new.

    The information they gave me today may help you. It takes 1-2 years to heal from surgery. A tramatic injury jars the spine joints like a knee and fluid and muscle and tendons never will be returned to its proper place. Arthritis, small spurs and calcium deposits develop that cause pain and rub along small nerves. Even though it hurts to move to get the joints of your back to not develop adhesions. That may be what is also causing problems after your surgery because six months is not very long. You are still healing and I know it is hard. Take care of yourself. Of course ONLY EXERSICE if the doctor says you can. I am just telling you what they told me. You probably are a Marathon Runner or Rock climber.

    It is so nice to now get our medical reports it is something we never got before. The doctor who order the MRI is sending me to my surgeon gave me the report so I could review it with my family too.

    Good Luck

  • thanks for the comments, Tamtam your quoted "The only thing that may be confusing here is that c5/7 with minor disc bulge, I am not sure if you meant to list that as c6-c8, sense you are fused at the c5-c6 already. Also the question is what have the doctors said about your actual fusion itself and how well it has healed?"

    I re read the report and yes there is still some disc material there which is bulging,

    I was sent my report from my pain specialist as this needs to go to my solictor for my personal injury claim, so I get to see things i wish i had not as it makes you worry.... just wish they would use plain english I know they understand but we dont !

    going to see my spine surgeon soon so hopefully she will clarify what is going on

    Thanks for the replies and I hope you are all well x
  • Jude,

    I get all the copies of my films and reports and what not as well. I typically get them after the office visit but then I also look at them. Then on my next return visit if I have any concerns or questions I will ask questions. I think it is wise of you to be reading your records and learning as much as you can. You should understand to the fullest extent possible what is going on with your neck. You never know when you may need to explain it for say another medical issue. I always take a list of questions with me into the doctor. It helps to make the time most valuable and keep it the meeting on track. Some of those words you can place in the search field at the top of the page and get some ideas. But you are doing the right thing by getting informed at the end of the day you have to live with your spine no one else does and the effects of it.
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