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New to forum, Need MRI help

scocamhuntsscocamhunt Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello to everyone! I hope someone can give me some input/advice.

In 2005 I injured my neck when my truck hit and IED in Iraq. Since then I have been suffering from pain and it has progressed into weakness in my arms and tingling that comes and goes. I am still active duty but stopped jumping out of planes last year.

I have had three MRI's which have shown bulging discs and DDD. I have done physical therapy, traction and just recieved my second steriod injection. I am now being referred to a neurosurgeon for the 3 time. The last two are the Drs. who prescribed the above treatments (with no success).
Anyway, I showed my pain doc today my latest MRI and he thinks the Nuerosurgeon will most likely recommend surgery. Here is the report (abbreviated version).

c4-c5: Broad based posterior osteophyte disk complex with a right paracentral component indenting the ventral sac and cord. No significant neural foraminal narrowing is noted.

c6-c7: Same as c4-c5

So if anyone can help interpret this it would be great. Any if anyone is fimiliar with surgical info that would be excellent as well.

Thanks for your time!


  • BTW I am a 34 year old male.
  • I had ACDF surgery about 2 1/2 weeks ago. That's anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. What the surgeons I saw, they indicated if there is compression/pressure on the spinal chord it is time to consider surgery. My problem was degenerative not from injury. I had tried chiropractor, PT, meds and steroid shots over the years.

    This site has a lot of helpful information.Best of luck to you and thank you for serving.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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