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Just had MRI result - Sereve scervical spinal canal stenosis :(

Hi all, just found this sight and signed up in the hopes of getting some more info and advice.

I'm a 45 yr old male. About 2 1/2 years ago I had an MRI of my neck (we were looking at the shoulders but they suggested a cervical spine MRI too) and to my huge surprise, I was told I have quite bad disc damage in my neck. Didn't really get much info or support from the specialist and was told basically to go back to my GP if things got worse.

Anyway, cut to 2 years late and I noticed that more and more I get a completely dead arm when sleeping if I don't force myself to sleep on my front or back. Also, if I were to run for something (a bus, a taxi, chase after someone) I'd almost certainly have a sore neck a few hours/day later. Also, if i do shoulder presses at the gym, sore neck next day. Anyway, with all this in mind I went to my GP and they did a new MRI. I got the results last night and this is what the report said. :-


There is loss of normal cervical lordosis and loss of central hyperintensity within all cervical intervertebral discs suggestive of disc desiccation. There is anterior spondylosis from C3-4 and C6-7 levels as well as multi-level facetal and flaval degeneration with chronic facet-arthropathy at C 3-4 to C5-6. Note is made of multi-level cervical intervertebral foraminal narrowing (mainly at C4-5 right and C3-4 both sides) due to combination of uncovertebral and facetal degeneration. The C3-4 and C4-5 level demostrates compromise of the ventral and dorsal thecal sac as well as associated mild cord compression but no myelopathic changes are seen within the cord. There is disc narrowing throughout the scan together with type 2 fat replacement changes according to Modic's classification.


Cervical MRI shows severe cervical spinal canal stenosis at C3-4 and C4-5 level. Note is made of multi-level cervical intervertebral foraminial narrowing (mainly c4-5 right and C3-4 both sides) due to combination of uncovertebral and facetal degeneration.


Referral to specialist.

So thats it. Have to say I'm pretty freaked out as it sounds pretty bad. I'm in the UK and I have insurance but as its a pre-existing condition its not coverned so I'll have to see a specialist on the NHS. My GP couldn't get the refferal to go through on the PC last night so he'll do it again on Friday when he's back in and send me the details. Then I call up the hospital and they'll book me in, but I've no idea how long the wait time is for that initial consult.

Kind of freaked out a bit and worried about what it all means. Anyone have any thoughts on the MRI report? Only good bit seems to be the suggestion that it hasn't impacted the spinal cord yet.


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