Hi what a great forum to find!!! I'm hoping someone can give me some information on my MRI. My Drs. apt. is not for another 3 wks. I fell about 3 months ago real hard and have been in extreme pain ever since. I wake up feeling like I can't move about 2-3 times a week. I have constant neck pain with intermitent ringing in the ears of about a 2, shoulder pain mainly on the left side but often all the way across my shoulders, sometimes when I turn my head the wrong way I will get this electrical shock feelin down my left arm to the tips of my fingers, on occasion I will get it in my right arm not that often though, my upper arms will hurt and my left arm will feel weak, with the right arm weak only on occasion. My Dr. says that my left arm is weaker than my right and that my reflexes on the left are diminshed. Quite often I hear crunching in my neck with an occasional popping feeling that leaves me dizzy. At times I will feel dizzy but I'm not sure if this is due to the pain meds. I just had an MRI but do not understand the results could someone please explain. Thanks
MRI without contrast:
Findings Alignment of the vertebral bodies is normal Moderate disk space narrowing is noted at C4-5 and C5-6. The remainder of the intervertrabal disk as well as the vertebra bodies maintain normal height. The spinal cord maintains normal caliber, contour and signal. Marrow of the visualized bony structures is normal.
At C4-5 there is disk bulge without canal or neural foraminal stenosis
At C5-6 disk bulge is seen flattening the ventral aspect of the spinal canal producing no central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
At C6-7 disk bulge is seen with left lateral disk protrusion osteophyte complex. It indents on the ventral aspect of the spinal canal on the left. It mildly effaces the left ventral spinal cord. It produces mild central canal stenosis and moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis. This would be affecting the C7 nerve root. Correlates with distribution of patients symptoms.
The visualized paravertebral soft tissue are grossly within the range of normal.
Impression: At C6-7 broad based disk bulge osteophyte complex is seen. There is a superimposed left paracentral and lateral as well as probably partially foraminal disk protrusion osteophyte complex that indents on the left ventral aspect of the spinal canal. At most it produces mild central canal stenosis and moderate left neural foraminal stenosis. Correlates with distribution of patients symptoms.