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Worried about new MRI results - Please I need advice

cervicalgirlccervicalgirl Posts: 1
edited 04/26/2015 - 11:56 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I am a 46 year old healthy female (aside from my neck).

In 2011, I underwent an MRI, proceded with an ACFD at C5-6 and 6-7.

In 2015, I underwent another MRI.

I presently have left arm pain, mild in the bicep, pretty severe in the ulnar, esp when I bend my elbow or carry my dog, or handbag or type for long periods of time. This seems to be worsening slowly. My left hand shakes too.

My neck has hurt since 2011. It feels as though someone beat me with a mallet. NONSTOP hurting. I would give it a level 7-9 depending on the day. As the day progresses, I get terrible burning across my shoulders.

I have SEVERELY TIGHT TRAPS. Massage therapist says the tightest that she has ever seen. They wont let go and if feels like my neck is choking me.

I am finding the pain hard to manage with tylenol and ibuprofen. I am at so discouraged. Thoughts, advice, experiences, please share!!! Any suggested medications would be great too... just don't want to become dependent :-(

I will list my mri by levels and date...
2011 There is no evidence of disc herniation, significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.

2015 Disc space shows mild diffuse disc bulge with no significant canal or foraminal stenosis.
2011 There is no evidence of disc herniation, significant spinal canal stenosis, there is minimal narrowing of the left C3-C4 neural foramen, best appreciated on image 6-6, secondary to hypertrophic change in the uncovertebral joint.

2015 Disc space shows moderate diffuse disc bulge with contact of the midline cervical cord. Uncovertebral Osteophyte causes moderate right and severe left oraminal stenosis at C3-C4

2011 There is no evidence of disc herniation, significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.

2015 Disc space shows disc space narrowing and disc bulge with contact of the midline cervical cord. Uncovertebral osteophyte causes moderate right and severe left foraminal stenosis at C3-4

2011 There is a broad-based left paracentral degenerative disc osteophyte complex resulting in central canal stenosis with mild deformity of the cervical spinal cord and narrowing of the left C5-C6 neural foramen, best appreciated on image 4-13 and 5-13.

2015 Disc space shows prior anerior spinal fusion surgery without canal stenosis

2011 There is a cenral degenerative disc osteophyte complex resulting in central spinal canal stenosis and deformity of the cervical spinal cord, best appreciated on image 6-16. There is no neural foramen stenosis at this level.

2015 Disc space shows prior anterior spinal fusion surgery with prominent central osteophyte encroaching into the canal and indenting the ventral cervical cord

2011 There is no evidence of disc herniation, significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.

2015 Disc space shows diffuse disc bulge and small central herniation slightly contacting the ventral cervical cord. There is mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.

2011 - 1. Degenerative disc osteophyte complexes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild deformity of the cervical spinal cord.
2. Mild left C3-C4 neural foramen stenosis due to unconvertebral joint hypertrophic change.

2015 Status post fusion surgery with central osteophyte encroachment into the canal at C6-7.
Degenerative disc disease at several levels as detailed above with foraminal stenosis probably greatest at C3-4.
Disc herniation centrally C7-T1.
Cervical Fusion 2011
Bulging C2-3 C3-4
Herniated C-7 T1


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...order your test? And then explain them?
    Or are you seeing pain management doctor?

    I had severe pain before primary decided she couldn't help any more and referred me to pain management. Best thing for me.

    For myself, if activity was worsening my pain, I tried to readjust. For ex. You said your purse hurts to hold. You may want to start using across the chest strap and possibly lessening the weight in purse.

    You may want to ask doctor if you have activity restrictions to lessen or not worsen your situation.
    Good communication with doctor so important.

    Best of luck
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