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Cervical and lumbar MRI

ChristineG585CChristineG585 Posts: 4
edited 03/12/2015 - 2:28 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hi can someone explain this MRI report. I have both cervical and lumbar pain, my lumbar is worse, but my doctor said my cervical is worse. My PCP stated my back is really bad and wants me to go to a spine clinic. At this time I can not go so he is treating me with pain medicines that are not working. I am a 53 year old female who has been doing customer service for 30 years. Sitting and answering phones and computer work for 8 hours a day.
My left arm can't be extended across my chest without sever pain. I can't stand or walk or sit for any length of time. The pain just never goes away. I am currently out on long term disability awaiting a hearing with Social Security.

This is what I take for pain, it doesn't work and I don't want to increase it or add any new medicines.

MS Contin ER 15mg twice a day
Vicodin 5mg three times a day.

Here is my MRI report:
Cervical: The C3-C4 through C6-7 disc are moderately narrowed and degenerative.

C2-C3 Unremarkable
C3-C4 Disc bulging and mild uncinated spurring. Mild canal narrowing
C4-C5 Bulging disc and bilateral uncinated spurring. Mild canal and bilateral foraminal narrowing right greater than left
C5-C6 Bulging/protruding disc and uncinated spurring eccentric to the right neural foramen with moderate foraminal narrowing. Mild to moderate canal narrowing and left foraminal narrowing
C6-C7 Protruding disc posteriorly/left paracentrally approaching the cervical cord. Moderate canal narrowing. Mild left greater than right foraminal narrowing
C7-T1 unremarkable.
Only partially included on exam is a bulging/protruding disc suspected at T4-T5 level

Lumbar results:

Findings: The conus terminates near L1 level. No fracture or malalignment of the vertebral bodies. Bone marrow signal is unremarkable.
T12-L1 Included on the sagittal scans only and demonstrates a right posterior facet joint cyst.
L1-2 A right foraminal disc protrusion with mild to mild to moderate right foraminal narrowing.
L2-3 Mild disc bulging and facet hypertrophy with mild canal and foraminal narrowing.
L3-4 Bulging disc and bilateral facet and ligament hypertrophy. Mild to moderate canal and foraminal narrowing.
L4-5 Bulging disc with right great than left foraminal bulges/protrusions effacing the exiting L4 nerve roots. Bilateral facet hypertrophy. Mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing. Mild canal norring.
L5-S1 Mild disc bulging with the disc effacing the exiting right L5 nerve root. Mild foraminal narrowing in association with facet hypertrophy.

Should I really be in this much pain....I can't even sleep at night.

thanks in advance for any input on this report.


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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
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    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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