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Help With MRI Report On Neck

barkathemoonbbarkathemoon Posts: 2
edited 08/16/2013 - 1:07 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I recently had an MRI done on my spinal cord in my neck which the final impression read as follows ::::

"cervical spondylosis where there is bilateral foraminal stenosis due to uncovertebral osteophyte and type 1 reactive endplate changes" can anyone tell me what this means? I have degenerative joint and disc disease, and arthritis. I also have a bone spur on my right shoulder. I have know that diagnosis since 2004 but the Impression Report in "parentheses" is new and further complications of my neck. This is all going on inmy spinal cord between C5 and C6 which that particular part of the report reads as follows "Chronic disc degeneration, disc space is narrowing with disc space narrowing, reactive endplate narrowing, reactive endplate changes, and posterior and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes. The central canal remains adequately patent. There is bilateral foraminal stenosis. .

C6-C7 Minimalposterior central disc osteophyte complex. Canal and formina adequately patent. Facet joints wekk maintained...

PLEASE!!! Someone break this down for me in simple english... Sounds like the bad Part of it is between C5 and C6...

Any help will be very appreciated... I am in horrible pain and numbness that is in the back of my head (numbness and pain), Pain from the neck that goes all the way from my neck to my finger tips...

Please help me understand this... The numbness in my head and arms occurs in my sleep and anytime I turn my head for even just a couple minutes...
Thank You!!!
Marvin The newcomer...



  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 08/16/2013 - 1:16 AM

    It is against the rules of Spine Health to ask for or give 'any analysis or interpretation of diagnostic tests' such as MRI scans.

    Will you be seeing your doctor to get the results of this scan and report explained to you?
    Can I suggest that you read some of the articles on this site and make a list of questions that you want answered.



    Do let us know how you get on.
    We are fellow spine pain sufferers and will be happy to share our experiences with you.

  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    There is nobody on the forum qualified to read MRI's Your doctor is the person who can help you understand and discuss the options

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Thanks for the info. "the warning of you not being able to analyze my report"... Thank you for being nice about it. So many times and places on the web, people are not so nice as you 2 were... Thanks for the links. I will use them and talk to you later...
    Take Care
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