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Cervical herniations.....what does my MRI mean?

swy81sswy81 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Not sure if this belongs in this thread. Wasn't sure if this was the correct forum.

Had an MRI done on my cervical area. Haven't been to the doctor yet but was wondering what my MRI report means?

I've been contemplating getting surgery due to the pain, numbness and burning I'm getting in my arms and foot.


No cord signal abnormality is appreciated. The cervical vertebrae are normally aligned. The normal cervical lordosis is straightened. The intervetebral disks are midly desiccated. The disk heights are preserved. Marrow signal is unremarkable. There is mild left facet joint hypertrophy at all cervical levels.


1. Small disk protrusions/herniations at c4-5, c6-7, and t2-3 without spinal stenosis or cord impingement.
2. Left paracentral disk protrusion/herniation causing mild spinal stenosis and cord impingement at c5-6.
3. Moderate narrowing of the left neural foramina at c5-6 and c6-7.
4. Mild left facet arthropathy at c7-t1.
5. Straightening of the normal cervical lordosis, which may be related to positioning or muscle spasm.

Really wondering if my results are severe enough to warrant surgery.


  • just in case we get it wrong .my wife is a medical professional and in her opinion looking at your results it would depend on you and how much pain you were in .your consultant should advise you on your next move .looking at it from a results point of view only she said that an operation was a little over the top at this stage .but then added it would depend on your pain and if it can't be controlled conservatively then you only have one other option ..surgery
    tony/Kath {DIP CERT health visitor}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Thx for the opinion!

    I do have pain, burning, numbness in my arm and leg.

    But like you pointed out, doctors are hesitant to recommend me surgery at this point.

    I think my biggest fear at this point is the condition getting worse.

    I know I may sound paranoid but just the thoughts of paralysis, permanent nerve damage, etc. scare me.

  • I am assuming you will be having the report of the MRI explained to you by your doctor. I am sure that will make you feel less worried about it. Information is helpful to reduce fears.

    I would just say that the terms used, such as small, mild, moderate, unremarkable and normal are all good things to read. :)

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