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please help me understand options i have

I haed mri and I do not understand it at all; there was a note on there that said to inform me that my neck MRI shows a ruptured disc that may be what is causing my right arm going numb, what can be done to fix that? My arm is going numb more and longer it scares me. also Mri says;
C2-3: there is slight spurring to the left which at most slightly narrows the left neuroforamen.
C3-4: Mild degenerative disc disease with slight bulge. There is no significant spurring or mass effect.
C4-5: Moderate loss of disc height and disc singal. There is a lobular bulge eccentric to the right with associated spurring about the vertebral body. Overall, there is at least moderate bony narrowing of the right neuroforamen which can be severe and significant. There is fairly minimal encroachment on the central canal and left neuroforamen.
C5-6: There is moderate loss of disc height and disc signal with minimal bulge and spurring. there is no more than slight flattening of the thecal sac and mininmal narrowing of left neuroforamen.
C6-7: Slight bulge and spurring. There is no more than mild flattening of the thecal sac. There is no significant mass effect.
C7-T1: There is mild right sided facet hypertrophy with fluid in the facet, however there is no significant disc bulging or mass effect. Impression; Fairly mild multilevel spondylosis as described which is likely cause of mild scoliosis. these changes include fairly prominment fluid within the right C7-T1 facet. However despite these findings, there does not appear to be any significant central canal narrowing and there is relatively mild neuroforaminal narrowing however could easily be siginficant on the righ at c4-5 and therfore main correlation would be with a right c5 radiculopathy. Interpreted and dictated.
Can someone please explain this to me in umm how do I say this words I can understand, I guess my question is does any of this need surgery? Is any of this going to just go away or will any of this be perminit damage? My right arm numbness is happining more often and lasting longer and it scares me to no end Im in my 30's I am right handed I need full use of that arm, also I thought disc degenerative happens in older people can I fix it? what kinds of treatments and is surgery needed on any of this and will any or some of this be perminit. I am in more pain then I have ever been in in my life, and I have a high tolerance for pain, thats kinda of how I got in this position I was throwing 80 lb pallets 7 feet high 5 days a week 8 hour days for 6 months and I did not use at all proper lifting skills it took everything I had and more to get them up there.
Tammy Hopkins


  • Do you have a follow up scheduled with your doc? Your doc is really the only one who can fully explain to you your options moving forward. Sorry I dont have better answers for you but everyone is different and most opinions at this point would just be guesses.

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • No I dont have a follow up, I got that from the ER, I have no insurance and resourses here are limited and about a 2 year wait, I guess I will just pray that this will fix it self I injured myself 2-15-13 and pain worsens
    Tammy Hopkins
  • anjsmilesaanjsmiles Posts: 52
    edited 05/08/2013 - 9:46 AM
    Being that you are having the numbness in the arm which might be indicative pressure on the nerve I would suggest a neuro-surgeon. Whether your disc is just bulging or has ruptured either one can cause swelling, pain, numbness etc. You need to see some type of doctor who can answer your questions and diagnose your problems as well as prescribe treatment. Anti inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or Aleve may offer you some relief until you can see a doctor if they did not give you any medication at the ER. Also using an ice pack on your neck will help with the swelling and pain. Did the ER suggest any type doctor to see? If you can get them to refer you then you might get an appointment sooner.
    Angie 46 yo
    Post Discectomy for L5/S1 herniation on 3/22/13. Also have bulge at L4/L5 and minor facet syndrome in one joint.
  • I agree that you need to have a surgeon explain it to you. A neurosurgeon will see it in a completely different light than the radiologist sees it. It seems like it's pretty hard to impress a radiologist; something doesn't have to be very far "off" for it to create all kinds of problems for you. Good luck.
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • I have no experience with cervical spine issues, but wanted to welcome you to our forum! I hope you will be able to see a specialist soon and get a treatment plan that works for you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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