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Help with MRI results

seadooguysseadooguy Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Got my cervical MRI back today, here is what it says:

"C4-5 disc demonstrates bilateral narrowing with no herniation or significant bulging posteriorly.

C5-6 disc demonstrates no herniation or significant bulging there being asymmetric foraminal narrowing on the right.

Impression: Moderate symmetric forminal narrowing bilaterally at C4-5 with asymmetric narrowing on the right at C5-6"

Can anyone help me out with what that means in plain English? I have pain in the neck, left ear, left arm, and left hand. Numbness in the left hand as well as weakness in the left arm.

Have had the symptoms for about 20 months.

Thanks in advance for any comments :)


  • http://www.spine-health.com/forum/forum-help-troubleshooting-suggestions/frequently-asked-questions-updated-10102010
    You agree that any information, opinions or other content provided by doctors or patients on Spine-health.com forums is for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical diagnoses or treatment. Always consult with a physician for any health problem or medical condition.
    As per S-H Rules, no member is allowed to interpret MRI results. Your best bet is to ask your doctor what your report as they can best describe the conditions as it applies to you.
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  • sorry, what i meant to ask is does anyone with a similiar situations have any suggestions or advise for me?
  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. As far as reading the mri results, well I can't really be of much help, as I might tell you the wrong thing. But I can tell you when I developed symptoms similar to what your discussing part of my diagnoses was cervical radiculopathy. A quick look at a dermatone map helped me understand what they were talking about. I like you had left hand and arm issues, so my issues were on the left side, and the nerves along with the cord being compressed.

    Something that might help you is to watch the video on how the spine works. You can also watch the video on cervical radiculopathy that might be of help. However, I am just suggesting that based on what i felt. You might not even have radiculopathy and it might be something else causing the issues Also in the FAQ section at the top of the page there is two links on preparing to meet with a spine surgeon or spine specialist. Those links can help you create questions to ask the doctor whom ordered it, and to discuss treatment options for you. Another test your doctor might want performed is a emg study, which aren't as bad as some say.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Take care and keep us posted.
  • he wasn't giving opinion he was repeating what the test results said thats 2 different things .
  • he wasn't giving opinion he was repeating what the test results said thats 2 different things .
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