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neck & arm pain, numb fingers, new mri...

autumnjoyaautumnjoy Posts: 55
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i recently had a new mri done, the last one was 2 years ago. i've had constant numbness in my left fingers for over2 months, that gets worse at times, especially at night. i wake several times with very intense pain and numbness. i wake up with alot of numbness and pain in the mornings and have a hard times using my hands.

my old mri said i had mild disc bulge at C6-7 with moderate bilaterally foriminal narrowing. the new one says i have moderate broad-based posterior disc osteophyte complex more prominent left of midline. this causes mild focal canal stenosis and left neuroforiminal encroachment.

can anyone relate with this or give me any insight to what i am dealing with? its going on over 2 months of these symptoms. i hate going to bed because i know i am going to wake up crying in pain severl times.

thanks for any help...


  • it also says i have mild broad based posterior disc osteophyte complexes at all other levels in my neck. is this normal for a 35 year old?
  • I'm sure your doctor will discuss your results with you. Like me, it looks like your MRI results have gotten worse over time. You could look through the site to get information of questions you might ask your doctor, or to get definitions for some of the terms in your results.

    Best of luck, and let us know how you're doing.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • When do you see the doctor who ordered this MRI? What kind of doctor ordered the MRI? When I was going through those type of symptoms my doctor ordered a myelogram with CT to check the cord itself. As the MRI showed cord involvement but as he explained it to me, the myelogram would give him the best look. The end result was surgery. As far as showing issues at all levels, it is rare to have issues at the higher levels. But after the age of 25 everyone's spine will show issues of some sorts. The question then becomes which levels are causing your pain? Which my surgeon has used selective nerve root blocks to isolate the offending levels. Fusing all levels of the spine is not a good idea as it takes out ROM(range of motion). Have a look at a dermatone map and see if that is the pain issues you are feeling, with the C6-C7 level. One of the things that does help me when the pain gets bad is to keep my hands over my head, when laying down if the pain is worse on one side, trying sleeping on that side. Sounds odd but sometimes some compression on the nerves will help me. While I have had surgery, still have extreme pain from nerve damage, so those are some of the things I use to help, along with medications. Does your doctor have you on any medications. Sounds like some muscle relaxers and or nerve meds might help you out.
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