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ozandyoozandy Posts: 1
edited 03/22/2015 - 9:12 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I am a 63 year old male and have been suffering upper back/neck pain for some time. Had an MRI scan (and I don't expect anyone to interpret my MRI results) but am interested if others have had similar MRI results and how they were treated. The results are as follows and I will only highlight the areas of concern:

C4/5 Disc height and signal maintained. There is a mild circumferential disc bulging. No osteophytic disc ridge is seen. No evidence of central canal or foraminal stenosis. There is mild left facet joint arthrosis.

C5/6 There is a marked loss of disc height and associated endplate irregularity. There is a minor anterior endplate osteophytic spurring. There is a broadbased left posterolateral endplate osteophyte/disc complex. This extendes approximately 4mm beyond the normal endplate margin and is mildly effacing the left antelateral thecal CSF. This in combination with left unconvertibral osteophytosis is contributing to sever left foraminal narrowing with likely compromise to the left C6 nerve root. There is no eveidence of central canal or right foraminal narrowing.

C6/7 There is a very mild loss of disc height and minor anterior endplate osteophytic spurring. There is misld central disc bulging. No evidence of central canal or right foraminal stenosis. There is a mild to moderate left foraminal narrowing due to unconvertibral osteuphytosis.

As I said I am not looking for a medical opinion but rather some information on how other forum members have been treated. I have been told I can have "pain management" or be referred to a neurosurgeon.

I welcome your comments



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    edited 03/22/2015 - 9:13 PM
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