I've been dealing with very bad all-over body pain (burning and tingling in my elbows, knees, arms, wrists, pain in my neck, back) and had an MRI done last year and my results were as follows:
The alignment is normal. There is multilevel disc desiccation in the mid thoracic spine. The vertebral body heights are within the normal limits. The marrow signal is within the normal limits for the patient’s chronological age. There is no abnormal cord signal. There is a focal central disc protrusion at T5-T6 causing mass effect on the cord anteriorly with a punctate focus of increased T2 signal in the cord, representing myelomalacia. There is a focal central disc extrusion at T6-T7 causing mass effect on the cord anteriorly without abnormal cord signal. There is a broad based left of central disc protrusion at T10-T11 causing mass effect on the cord anteriorly on the left side without abnormal cord signal. Otherwise, there is no significant canal or foraminal narrowing.
End of MRI.
I assumed the pain I was in was due to the so-called myelomalacia the report talked about, but I saw 3 neurosurgeons and they are saying my back is not that bad and that the pain I am feeling is not from my back (especially because my arm/wrist symptoms cannot be coming from my thoracic). My Dr. ordered another MRI 2 weeks ago to check on the progress of my back and the MRI results are as followed:
MR Thoracic Spine No IVCon
Reason for Exam: Prior Thoracic MR findings of possible myelomalacia with worsening symptoms. Evaluate for interval change
Ordering Diagnosis: Neuropathic pain
HISTORY: 28-year old male with possible myelomalacia on prior MRI
EXAM: MR THORACIC SPINE NO IVCON. Noncontrast MRI of the thoracic spine was performed at 3.0 Tesla.
PRIOR STUDY: 8/8/2014
FINDINGS: There is anatomic alignment in the thoracic region of the spine. There is no spondylolisthesis. Vertebral body heights are preserved. There is mild disc dessiccation in the lower thoracic levels.
At T5-6 there is a central disc protrusion with effacement of anterior thecal space and deformity of the cord. There is no abnormal cord signal. The previously described altered signal is not seen to advantage.
At T6-7 there is a central disc protrusion with mild canal stenosis. There is no foraminal narrowing.
At T9-10, there is a right paracentral disc protrusion, with effacement of the thecal soace and deformity of the cord. There is no foraminal narrowing.
There is no foraminal narrowing throughout the thoracic spine. The soft tissues are unremarkable.
IMPRESSION: Central disc protrusion at T5-6 with mild canal stenosis. The previously described altered cord signal is not seen to advantage. Disc protrusions with mild canal stenosis at T6-7 and T9-10 are also unchanged from the prior MRI.
End of MRI.
The ordering neurosurgeon is saying that there is surgically nothing he can do about it and that my source of pain is not my back, YET when I sit down my symptoms all over my body worsen by 10 fold. I was even doing OK on neurontin, and I did crunches and used my back and my symptoms got a LOT worse. I did crunches using ONLY my back. HOW can this not be from my back? How can back symptoms cause arm and legs to hurt if its not from back?
P.S. The burning/tingling is not on my skin. It does not hurt to touch my skin anywhere. The burning/tingling feels like its inside my bones almost. Hard to explain.