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Translate MRI of the cervical spine without contrast

grannywigginsggrannywiggins Posts: 1
edited 03/25/2013 - 9:51 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
This seems to be dragging out a specialist is to be calling me for an appointment I was given a written copy of the results of the MRI the C5-C6: was circled and this is what it says " Posterior disc osteophyte complex with superimposed disc protrusion extending into the right neural foramen. The disc protrusion causes moderate to severe right neural foraminal narrowing . Three is no abnormal cord signal."


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    edited 03/25/2013 - 10:55 PM
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  • DaffydolphinDaffydolphin Posts: 98
    edited 03/26/2013 - 10:05 AM
    It says you have both arthritic bone growth and a bulging and/or herniated disc that together are significantly narrowing/impinging the space where your nerve root exits the spine on the right side at the C Disc 5-6 level. This could be causing you significant neck, right shoulder, right arm pain, tingling, numbness, weakness, etc. or it might not be bothering you at all. I assume the former since you got the MRI. On the plus side, the radiologist said "moderate to severe" and not just "severe", also "no abnormal cord signal". The disc might fix itself over time with non invasive therapies. The arthritic growth won't. Your doctor's recommendations are likely to be partially based on your symptom levels, also the condition of the rest of your cervical spine. What you report does not say "rush" to surgery. So you have time to get several opinions.
    Severe DDD, Severe neural foraminal stenosis at 2 levels, moderate canal stenosis at 2 levels, significantly impaired left shoulder & arm function. Chronic moderate compression fracture at C6.
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