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Questions Regarding MRI Results, Need Opinions Please

eshackeeshack Posts: 1
edited 04/22/2015 - 1:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm new here, and I know that you guys are not medically licensed to diagnose spinal issues, but I was just wondering if any of you guys have received MRI results similar to the ones below, and what they mean to an average joe like me. I am a 21 year old male who was in excellent health prior to January of this year, and am just looking for some general advice.

Some backstory and symptoms: Over the past few months, I've been experiencing strange nerve sensations in the arms, legs, upper back, forearms, lower legs, upper legs, along with some muscle weakness and slight atrophy in certain areas, shocking nerve sensations, bone/muscle pain, among other things. Symptoms have affected both sides of my body. Within the past 2 weeks, my back has started hurting (mid-back), along with my neck at times. My face goes numb and tingly randomly (chin, nose, lips, ears, random places in scalp), and I get these weird pressure-like numbness sensations inside my head. I've noticed a couple places where I seem to have little divots in my muscles, but I'm not sure if that's just in my head or not. When it all started my back didn't hurt at all, and it was hardly debilitating, but now I'm afraid to even go for a run... all this stuff is ruining my quality of life and I don't know what to do.

Previous WorkupI've undergone an MRI of my head without contrast which came back normal, an EMG and nerve conduction study (both came back normal), complete blood workups on multiple occasions (which all came back more-or-less normal), and just yesterday I got another cranial MRI with contrast, and a cervical spine MRI with contrast. My cranial MRI has not come back yet, but below are the results of my cervical MRI...

Does this mean anything to you guys? And would it explain my symptoms? Why is all this happening to me at such a young age seemingly out of the blue... :( I read online that this kind of stuff usually doesn't happen until 50+ for most people... could it be indicative of cancer or something even more serious? :(


TECHNIQUE: MRI of the cervical spine was performed without and with IV contrast. 15 cc of MultiHance was this given intravenously and then repeat sagittal and axial T1 images were taken.

INDICATION: Paresthesias. Right upper extremity, greater than left.

FINDINGS: Craniovertebral and cervicomedullary junction are normal. Slight reversal cervical lordosis centered at C5 and C6. Otherwise posterior bony alignment is normal without fracture or subluxation. No obvious intradural pathology.

C2-C3: Small left uncovertebral spur. Mild facet arthropathy. No central stenosis. Minimal left foraminal narrowing.

C3-C4: Normal disc. Small uncovertebral spurs left greater than right left facet hypertrophy. Minimal left foraminal narrowing.

C4-C5: No significant bulge or protrusion. Small uncovertebral spurs left greater than right with mild left foraminal narrowing.

C5-C6: This irregular protrusion slightly eccentric to the right extending into the uncovertebral region. Right greater than left uncovertebral spurs. Moderate right and mild left foraminal narrowing.

C6-C7: Normal disc. No central or foraminal stenosis.

C7-T1: Normal.

IMPRESSION: Slight reversal cervical lordosis. Minimal rightward disc protrusion C5-C6 with right greater than left foraminal narrowing. Left greater than right foraminal narrowing and C2-3-3, C3-C4 and C4-C5. No cord compression or intradural

Thanks guys! I really appreciate it. It sounds like cervical stenosis and cervical spondylosis to me... but I don't know yet until the doctor calls me. Once again, I know you guys aren't medically licensed to diagnose or anything like that, I'm just asking for opinions and support...



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 04/22/2015 - 1:39 AM
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