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Question on MRI


I am not sure if I an posting this to the right forum.

I am a 29 year old male with upper-back pain for last 3 years, with no known history of accidental injury, trauma, or disease. I have talked to a chiropractor, PT, and a neurosurgeon with no luck.

Here is the MRI scan of my neck area from 09/11:

After looking at the scan, a neurosurgeon concluded that there is no disc herniation or anything major with this part of the spine. He suspected that the very minor bulges in C5/C6 and C6/C7 may be the cause of pain but said that is highly unlikely. He suggested physiotherapy.

I am looking for guidance from other folks who might have gone through a similar problem. Is there anything noticeable in the MRI? What are my further options to diagnose the condition?



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    to provide any MRI or other diagnostic test interpretations. No one here is qualified to do this. That information needs to come from a qualified medical professional.

    The only thing that we can do here is provide our own personal experiences regarding tests and spinal situations.

    But one thing holds true not only for spinal tests but any test....
    Minor, Moderate or Severe.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • davrunnerddavrunner Posts: 478
    edited 01/09/2013 - 10:43 AM
    One thing you will probably run across several times is that where one person has "minor" issues and is in pain if you did mri randomly from people on the street you will get people that would be termed "major" and they have no pain.
    My journey started in my early 40s (2003 - 2006) I had several MRIs over a couple of years where they would tell me that issues were "minor" and non surgical and sent me to physical therapy. PT helped with some of the stiffness and lessened the pain and after completing I'd be ok for about a year until the pain would drive me back to the doc. Finally about 2007 after changing surgeons one ordered a myelogram due to loosing strength in my left arm and found the culprit leading to a laminectomy in 2008.
    If you can work with physio and releave the pain hopefully you can build up supporting muscles where you can prevent the need for or at least postpone surgery.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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