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Understanding MRI Results

I have some questions that I dont know the answer to. I have done research but I am not sure. First I will start with MRI report and go from there.

Findings: There is loss of cervical lordosis with the development of mild Kyphosis centered at the C4-5 Level. Mild disc space narrowing at the c5-6.

C2-3 Normal

C4-5 Mild central disc bulging without significant thecal sac deformity.

C5-6 Mild central protrusion with Mild anterior deformity of the thecal sac.

C6-7 Same as C5-6

C7-T1 Mild central protrusion with associated annular tear and minimal thin inferior extending extrusion component. There is anterior deformity of the thecal sac.

Questions as followed:
What is anterior deformity of the thecal sac?
Can this annular tear be causing pain?

I have needle like pokes at the bottom of my neck. occasional pain in the arms. Pain in both shoulders. Pain, pressure, and burning between the shoulder blades. The family doc says no nerves are being touched, but I dont understand the pain. I am not on any medication or in physical therapy. Cant see the nuerosurgeon until March of 2013.
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  • Cprivet: welcome here. it is against the rules to interpret reports. But explaining specific medical terms is different. You can get this from http://www.spine-health.com/glossary

    note: that it is wise for a new member to read the FAQ near to off page.

    Anterior deformity of the thecal sac = Disc pressing on tummy side of spinal column.

    Tears can cause pain. The nerves on the discs outer surface can become irritated by the disc fluid that leaks out of a disc via a tear. Many discs with tears don't cause any pain. Just some discs in some people.

    Lot of info on this website that can help you understand what could be wrong. The FAQ has good advice for selecting and preparing for surgeon consultations.

    Take care.
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