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JimmyJayJJimmyJay Posts: 1
edited 01/11/2014 - 8:24 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I wonder if someone can help me with a recent MRI report understanding. Has anyone else had similar and if so how did it get sorted out

My history is I had a significant prolapse at C4/5 and a partial at C3/4. I had a anterior cervical discectomy and replacement as i had cervical myelopathy. My symptoms at the time were numbness in both hands and arms, loss of sensation and severe loss of co-ordination in my hands, pain in the neck arms and shoulders and tingling in my feet.

In July 2012 I had the surgery and made a pretty much 100% full recovery.

In Oct 2013 while lifting something at work I felt a pinch in my neck, and hoped it was a pulled muscle. Progressively and since then I have had numerous trips to the doctors until finally an MRI was arranged after symptoms increased to nerve pain in the left arm, numbness in my left thumb, tingling in left 2 first fingers, shoulder pain, neck pain and shoulder blade pain. More recently mild but shooting pain in my toes and legs

I have finally recovered the MRI report today and would appreciate any ideas as to what basically the next move will be and if possible what it means!!!

I can't get back to my neurosurgeon for another 4 weeks as they are too busy.......

The reports states

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There has been a previous disc replacement at C4-5, with metal plate in both end plates. This creates a significant artefact. It is not possible to comment on the cord at this level.

There is a reversal of the normal cervical lordosis centered on C4-5 with spondylitis change above and below this level.

There is a prominent osteodiscal bar at C3-4 that abuts the cord but there is no evidence of myelopathic change.

There is a further osteodiscal bar a C6-7. Again this indents the cord but without convincing evidence of myelopathic change. This level however is difficult to assess due to the metal artefact.

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I have a. Good pic of the mri showing the best slice but I can't upload it. It looks like the cord is twisted...!!



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