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MRI shows no visible CSF on one side of spinal cord - what does this mean?

tskittyttskitty Posts: 3
edited 09/06/2014 - 7:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm waiting to go back to the spine clinic next Thursday (I just had my MRI and took a photo of it). It looks like there is a large area one one side where there isn't much spinal fluid. Does anyone know what this means? Also, it looks like one to two discs bulging.

I had a hyper-extension of my neck many years ago when I landed face down on my chin (and broke my jaw, teeth and head). Had had horrible arthritis and pain for many years. Have always done physical therapy exercises, but - since June - when I've tried traction exercise, that one hurt - so I stopped doing that. Pain is so bad that I have to hold my neck still when I brunch my teeth.

I've been falling a lot (from poor balance) for over a year, but couldn't afford MRI until now. When the PA I saw questioned and examined me, he told me he didn't think my balance issues were related because he didn't produce arm pain when he'd did something(I do drop things and have frequent numbness in my hands, as well as rip things a lot, but the Physicians assistant thought that was carpal tunnel causing that.).

Wondering if anyone out there has an opinion based on the description.


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