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Understanding MRI results re; annular tear

gysbertggysbert Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I just go the results of my MRI which are

"At the T12-L1 level there is a small right paramedian annular tear with very minimal disc protrusion. There is no significant effacement of CSF anterior to the spinal cord and there is no alteration in cord contour. There is no central canal or neural foramen stenosis."

I have a basic idea of what this means but my doctor didn't seem to think it was that bad, and wasn't sure it could be causing my pain (pain on the right side under the right ribs in front and back).

Do you guys think these finding are enough to cause the pain I am having? I am going to see a pain management doc next month but just was curious what everyone thought?


  • You might want to look at a dermatone map and see where that level of the spine would radiate out. Without looking I would guess that could be the cause. But there are also other conditions that could cause that pain, which I am sure they have ruled out. Are you seeing a pain management doctor or a physiatrist. The physiatrist will focus more on rehab, and not just medications, or I should say a over all approach. Good luck in pain management and I hope it resolves your issues, keep us posted.
  • Ok thanks...right now I'm just scheduled to see a pain management doc but I will inquire about a physiatrist too.

    Is a small annular tear enough to cause a significant amount of pain?
  • We are all different. You can have someone with a nasty MRI, yet they are not symptomatic, and another with minor bulges and in screaming pain. I am one that small hernias cause me all manner of problems. I guess it all boils down to "what nerves" if any are being affected.

    Sorry, I know not a total answer, but it is all subjective to each of us and what is being bothered...

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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