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MRI Report

Kimberly TKKimberly T Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So I had a MRI done today and of course they dont write anything that normal people can understand. Im wondering if someone can help me understand my report? It reads as follw:

c4-c5 There is a mild diffuse annular buldge and moderate size right-sided disc herniation that encroaches on the right lateral recess and medial portion of the neural foramen. No compression of the cord.

C5-C6There is minimal diffuse annular bulging. No central canal or forminal stenosis.

Diffuse annular bulging and right sided disc herniation at C4-C5 that has a mild cephalad extrusion also. This encroaches on the right lateral recess and medical portion of the right foramen and may be compressing the C5 nerve root.

I dont see a neurosurgeon for weeks and would just like to understand better! Thanks in advanced!!


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Is to enter the terms in the search window at the top of the page .... there is a wealth of explaination and pictorials within the Spine Health
    library(s) .... that and of course GOOGLE or Bing (beacause its not google).

    I hope that will provide you some insights .... Welcome to Spine Health !!!


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  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. It would really be unfair for anyone here to speculate as to what your MRI says, that would be best left to the doctors. One here might think it looks bad and give you undo worry over something not to serious or vice verse we could say doesn't look like much and be completely wrong. Keep in mind everyone's MRI after the age of 25 is going to show something, as it is a natural aging process.

    More importantly is what are your symptoms that lead them to do an MRI and how do they effect you? What type of treatments have they tried and what kind of doctor is treating you?

    Keep us posted on what the doctors tell you. In the meantime, as Dave suggested, you could use the search feature at the top of the page and read some of the articles here dealing with disc protrusions and radicular pain and learn the anatomy of the spine. That way you will be well informed when you return to ask questions.


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