Ive been dealing with chronic neck pain and right arm pain, numbness and tingling for 8 months..they finally sent me for an mri but my dr really didnt explain the results to me except to say shes referring me to a neurosurgeon who will explain the results and treatment options. So im not sure by reading the mri how bad the problems actually are and if surgery is a possibility or if im getting nervous over nothing? They ordered the mri because my pain is increasing it doesn't respond to otc meds and im on Neurontin which no longer feels like its working either
MRI of the cervical spine without intravenous contrast.
History neck pain. Radiculitis.
Examination was performed on 1.5 Tesla magnet. No prior studies are available for comparison.
Cerebellar tonsils are normally positioned. Vertebral bodies are maintained in height and
C2-3 disc is unremarkable.
At the C3-4 level there is minimal diffuse bulging of the disc. There is no focal disc
herniation or spinal stenosis.
At C4-5 level disc is unremarkable.
At C5-6 level disc is decreased in height and T2 signal. There is broad-based central
herniation of the disc. There are hypertrophic changes in the facet and uncovertebral joints,
right more than left with a stenosis of the right lateral recess and the right C6 neural
foramen. There is possible compression of the right C6 nerve root. There is obliteration of the
anterior subarachnoid space. There is effacement of the anterior surface of the spinal cord.
No focal signal abnormalities within the cord.
At C6-7 level there is tiny central herniation of the disc. There is no spinal cord or nerve
C7-T1 disc is unremarkable.
Conclusions: Minimal bulging of the C3-4 disc. Broad-based central herniation of the C5-6 disc.
Asymmetric hypertrophy of the uncovertebral and facet joints on the right with stenosis of the
right lateral recess and compression of the right C6 nerve root. central herniation
of the C6-7 disc. No focal signal abnormalities within the cord