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MRI Results

kakb2kkakb2 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I posted a few weeks ago about how I went to chiropractor for neck pain and after adjustment of my upper back I ended up at an Urgent Care CEnter. Intense pain in shoulder and neck, unable to take deep breath in morning and numbness in both arms from shoulder to finger tip all night long. Went to Ortho spine doc and he ordered mri of cervical spine. The results are below and if anyone can give some input that would be great. There is disc dessication and spondylosis with Modic I changes and I believe that is arthritis and degeneration from age (51) but at c5-c6 there is Shallow right paracentral protrusion with uncrinate spurring, Mild central and right later recess and foraminal stenosis with compromise of right c6 nerve root. Minimal cord impression, Lesser degree of left lateral recess narrowing,

Anyone with input, it would be greatly appreciated.


  • Hi KaKb2,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many here that have cervical spine issues, including myself. What is important is the pain and symptoms you are feeling, not so much as the MRI itself. Sense none of us are medical professionals it would be hard to comment on a MRI as we may give you something to worry about and there is nothing or vise versa.

    With that being said do you have a spine specialist your working with. This is someone whom deals specifically with spines and has a fellowship in it. If not you might want to begin researching one, so once you talk to the doctor you will be kind of prepared. Typically a primary doctor will want to send you out, as they deal with the entire but not specifically any body part. If your doctor doesn't suggest one and you need a referral maybe you could ask if you could see one just for a second opinion on your neck.

    Somethings you could do in the meantime so your more educated to what they are talking about. Look at a diagram of the cervical spine and learn what vertebre and disc mean, as well as the nerves that exit off of it. You can also look at a dermatone map which will help you understand how the nerves work. You might also look up stenosis and what that means, along with herniated or buldging disc. There is a search feature at the top of the page that you can put some of the terms in and it will lead you to some great doctor written and peer reviewed literature.

    Once again welcome to spine-health, keep us posted on what happens on your follow-up visit. If there is anything I can do for you don't hesitate to pm me. Take care.
  • Thank you for your welcome. I am working with an Ortho spine specialist but do not go back to see him for another two weeks and am just trying to get a little insight in the hopes that it will help me ask the right questions when I do see him. Initially the pain was seriously into my shoulder and armpit. This has lessened some. The worst part is I can not sleep at night. All night long my arms go numb from shoulder to fingertips. Trouble sleeping on side as it is painful but if I sleep on back I have pounding headache at my neck that shoots up the back of my head. The headache stays with me most of the day and NSAIDS don't help. I will do some more research as that is an excellent suggestion. If anyone has something similiar I would appreciate the insight. Thank you and wishing all a pain free day.
  • Sorry to hear about what happened to your neck. There's some good articles here what to ask your Dr. about when you see him http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/specific-questions-ask-your-spine-surgeon.

    Also, what my Family Dr. did for me was for the numbness I was having, was order an EMG/nerve test while I was waiting for my Surgeon's appointment and gave me pain meds, muscle relaxants and a sleeping pill. Not saying your Dr. will do all that but could help you for pain meds. Best wishes and keep us posted how you're doing. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Welcome as well and I agree with Charry .. do as much research and make a list of all questions regarding your diagnosis and all treatment options. Surgery of course is one option but it may not be your 1st option. I had severe spinal cord compression and had to have immediate surgery. I understand about the non-sleep - I did the same as Charry - pain killers, muscle relaxers etc - could sleep some but never more than an hour or two at a time then started sleeping on large ice packs to numb myself .. so I really understand! My only advise is use the resources on this site and others to fully understand what your MRI has said and what treatment options are out there so when you go to your DR appt you can be prepared to make the best decision with your DR to get on the road to recovery! I wish you the best and keep us posted on how you are doing!
  • Thank you for your insight. Painfree, I'm glad to see that your fusing. Back surgery scares me as my son had 6 surgeries on his back for severe scoliosis. His tale was 2 long years. He is fused from t2-l4. The hardware failed on the first surgery so they went in to replace with screws and he got MRSA. Resulting in 2 debridgement surgeries followed 9 months later with 15 hour surgery to put the hardware back in. Then had another surgery a month later as a screw had migrated to his spinal cord. The MRSA nearly killed him. Countless days in the Pediatric ICU as all of this started 3 days before his 15th bday. I watched him suffer through so much and the thought of anyone having to have back/neck surgery terrifies me. I will continue to research and pray for all who suffer with back and neck issues, get the relief they need.
  • My heart breaks for your son - what an ordeal and I hope he is OK now. I can understand why any surgery would terrify you. I was terrified of my surgery mainly because I knew my spinal cord was compressed but nothing compared to what you have gone thru. I understand as a Mom your heartache - one of my 4 year old twins has been thru 5 surgeries - all different -they were premies! But nothing serious! My other twin broke his right femur bone completely and was in a full body cast for 8 weeks which is how I injured my neck so bad - caring for him! Liftng his wheelchair out of my car was the icing on the cake for my neck and spine! So understand and will keep you and your son in my thoughts! I hope you can get non-surgical treatment to help you become painfree! Keep us posted and good luck!
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